Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

December 13, 2011

Our sewing machines: one of the (near) central points of many households, "Couldn't do without” — for most of us. Did you know the sewing machine itself is only about 200 years old?

Think, for a moment, of all of the clothing people used to wear, all of the layers, ruffles, all done by hand. Our pioneers' clothes were bad enough, but yes, go back to all the royalty folks, kings and queens, etc. Their garments, everyday wear for so many, are now just costumes to us.

Think of the military uniforms. Oh yes, they were all made by hand. Many of those tailors, most of whom were men, worked hard, long days.

The first sewing machine put into operation was patented in France in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier. By 1831, he had 80 of these machines, which were made of wood, turning out clothes for the French Army. However, a mob of infuriated French tailors, afraid of losing their livelihood, destroyed every one of these machines. Undaunted, Thimonnier kept working to improve his invention. In 1850, he took out an American patent for a metal sewing machine. Regardless, his efforts did not gain much recognition and he died in 1857 as a poverty-stricken man. Such is fame, so often achieved only after death.

Yes, the sewing machine is and will always be a part of the man's world, too. I volunteered in home economics class. The boys were just naturals at handling that machine, which was not so easy for girls. If and when your machine needs cleaning, adjusting, etc., I can give you the name of a great place to go nearby, great sewing machine service and very reasonably priced.

Share those hugs now. Pray for our nation, our leaders, our troops.

God bless and keep you all.

— Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, KS 66086, auntnorie@att.net

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