“Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859
I love my sewing machine. I got it for Christmas this year from my parents. I love the ideas of all the things I could make. I love the feeling of the material passing through the machine as the needle goes up and down. I love the look of it and the fact that any time I need to sew something it’s right there. I don’t love that all I’ve made since I got it is a house-dress and a couple of bracelets!
Sewing is an art form that has been around for thousands of years. The first sewing needles were made of animal bone or horns. Iron needles were invented in the 14th century and eyed needles started to appear in the 15th century. In the early to mid 1800s the sewing machine was invented and in 1889 the first sewing machine was designed and marketed for home-use. (read more on the history of the sewing machine here and click here for the Vintage Sewing Reference Library)
Today I sewed an apron for me to wear in the kitchen. I can be a little messy when I cook and I’ve been meaning to buy an apron. Aprons are easy to make and it’s silly for me to buy one when I can just as easily make one. At least that’s what I thought. Two hours later… (It’s a work in progress)