Put on lipstick to sew? Really?

6 09 2012

This little gem has been making the rounds of the internet for a while — it was forwarded to me by my friend Bobbie. Supposedly it’s from a Singer sewing machine manual, dated 1949. I’ve transcribed the words below the image as the image and its font isn’t particularly clear.


Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you’re 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 you 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.

My comments:

A clean dress? I haven’t owned let alone worn a dress in YEARS. French chalk? Well, when I was a teacher, chalk was an absolute nuisance on your fingers — it transferred to your clothes, made your fingers really dry out and your skin flake. And French chalk? How is that different to any other chalk?

Hair in order? Oh, they mean brush/comb it in the morning after your shower and that’s it, right? Powder? I think I last wore powder when I was 14! Lipstick for sewing? Now really… Visitors dropping in unannounced? Not likely in this age of communication devices where you know in advance if someone is stopping by. Husband coming home? Well, mine’s always at home as he’s retired, but even when he was working, what does him coming home have to do with me sewing? And I can enjoy sewing just fine without being ‘neatly put together’. In fact, I sew much better when I’m relaxed — and that means loose, comfy clothes suitable for the activity and the weather… and no makeup.

Dirty dishes aren’t a problem for me — my husband does them 😉 and we don’t ‘make’ beds in these days of fitted sheets and doonas.

Sometimes “the good ol’ days” weren’t that good 😉