Oddly, I found myself searching for information on sewing and sewing machines in the New York Times archives (I know). It is wildly interesting to get a glimpse of our views on sewing through the ages. Short story: It was expected that you sew. . .until it wasn’t, then there was a renaissance which everyone has been heralding as brand spanking new for the past twenty years. Fin.
I really enjoyed this article from 1907 about making a good sewing room. The snippet preview reads as follows:
September 22, 1907 – Part Six Second Magazine Section – Article – Print Headline: “The Solid Comfort of a Thoughtfully Planned and Thoroughly Fitted Sewing Room — Just What It Should Contain.; THE EVIL OF FACIAL GRIMACES. DRESSING AT HOUSE PARTIES. THE REFRIGERATOR PROBLEM. A SCOTCH FESTIVITY. USES OF TISSUE PAPER.”
What is the refrigerator problem, anyway? Really, when did we stop talking about facial grimaces? It seems that few things actually change.
I might technically be robbing the New York Times, but I’m totally unsure. Not intentionally violating copyright, as I am a paying subscriber, support print journalism, and all that jazz.