Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sewing



Probably one of the first places women found large scale employment outside the home was in the garment industry. The picture above was taken in about 1900, and is shows a woman working in a sewing factory. I can not help but be impressed by the sturdiness of the machine she is working on.


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  1. Yes, definitely an industrial strength Singer machine. I have my grandma's vintage Singer machine and it still runs well, although I don't sew with it. Love the ladies' hairdos too. :)
    -Anne K.

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  2. A lot of the new ones are expensive hunks of junk made from plastic.

    I sew a fair amount. I make costumes for my family to wear to the Maryland Renaissance Fair, and other clothes as well.

    I hope to reupholster our couch this summer. A very long time ago, Daddy and I did some reupholstering, hopefully, I'll remember how to do it.

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  3. Great picture. Lots going on here. I like the expresion on the ladies face to the left in the background. Looks like she is the boss and her expression says to me she is tolerating the photographer but not thrilled he is there.

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  4. A lot of those old industrial sewing machines are still working. You see them in leather shops and shoe repairs places sometimes. Just don't make them like that anymore. Great topic!

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  5. Looks to me like she is sewing book bindings. I don't see any fabric, but I see lots that look like paper book sections.
    Graham in St. John's

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    1. Good eye! I agree.
      -Anne K.

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  6. Gotta wonder the location of the picture. It brings to mind the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in March 25th 1911. This could be a glimpse of some of those doomed 140+ victims. That building is now property of NYU downtown NYC.
    John

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  7. i love to see women at work i hope to open a tiny factory i see work and i see my dream is real i see hope for the people who need to be train in something basic and this picture give me hope and more for my dream. i am 62 born 1951 i am still dreaming for other.

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