|I learned to sew on this machine... |
[Photo: Betty Jean Short Thorsvig]
things of beauty.
Humboldt Stick-to-It 4-H club. I was 9 years old, and I did two projects - food and sewing. For sewing, I had to demonstrate I had learned the goals of the project by sewing a simple garment; I chose an apron. I was entering the strange world where you had to measure once then measure again, and precision was preached. Exactness was the gospel, and nothing less than aspiring to (and hopefully achieving) excellence would do. There were right and wrong sides to fabric, you did not 'go against the grain'. If you were daring enough to choose a complex pattern, you soon learned the art of matching so a pocket would blend in like camouflage. Inset sleeves and zippers were years away.
I completed that apron - a purple, green and white floral calico print - on my mother's old Singer.