I thought this was such a hoot when I read it over at Heidi's blog, I asked her if I could share it with my blog readers. Below is a picture of a 1949 Singer....it will give you an idea of what the ladies were working with.
~~~ Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual ~~~
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.
Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.
When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.
If your are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.
Gotta love the "good old days"!!! I still can't figure out why the chalk for your fingers....anyone know??