This morning Vince and I were talking about sewing machines. The conversation started because I was telling him about not being able to find elastic and about people sewing the masks.
Vince: Think how many people don’t even have sewing machines.
Me: Not in my word. Almost everyone I know has a sewing machine.
Vince: But there used to be sewing machine ads and sewing machines shops. Everyone’s mom had a sewing machine.
Several things about that short conversation were interesting.
Even though there are many of us who own sewing machines, there are many who do not. Back in my grandma’s day, and even when I was a child, almost all our clothes were homemade. I remember getting my first storebought dress! People made their own curtains. When we built a house in 1987, I made a lot of the curtains and enjoyed making them. I probably haven’t made curtains since then. I do remember my grandma having a chenille bedspread that was storebought but mostly it was handmade quilts on their beds.
Of course quilt magazines have sewing machine ads but are the ads in magazines such as Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, etc.? Heck, I don’t even know if those magazines are still around.
I have fond memories of the shops that sold fabric when I was growing up. There was a little shop in my hometown, Fran Jan. I think the shop was named after two sisters. It was a tiny little shop and it was right on the edge of a railroad track. I remember how it felt standing in the shop when a train came through. There was a shop in town – Bailey’s. They sold fabric, appliances and I’m not sure what else. The owners actually lived in our little town and I went to school with their kids. I’m Facebook friends even now with one of the daughters. There was TG&Y, a dime store that had fabric. My love for fabric and all things crafty started at a young age.
All of this reminiscing makes me wonder . . 60 years from now, what will Addie remember about her childhood? I hope there will be some fond memories of sewing, knitting and cooking with Granny.