Mother was a garment sewer. Her sewing box always reflected that with cards of snaps, hooks, needles, pins and all sorts of notions. She was a 'Saver', too. Bits of thread were rewound on old wooden spools and used lace, elastic, and left over trim saved for 'make do and mend' days.
As I flipped open the brass latch, the sewing memories Mom's box held were familiar and comforting...like opening my own sewing box which was 1960's 'Harvest Gold'. I'm transported back to the day and place we bought them. It was January 1965...my 18th Birthday month. The birthday my parents gifted me with my first 'Sewing Machine'. You can read about my 1960's Kenmore and other posts on 'Sue's Sewin' Story. The place was Wackers...our local 'Variety' store.
Like my Mother, I too was a Garment Sewer. Our sewing boxes were almost carbon copies of each other. I always liked that saying...'Like Mother like Daughter'. Like my Mother, I always had a 'Sewing Space' no matter how small or where it was whether on the kitchen table, in a closet, or a corner in the bedroom. In the early 1990's, my 'Harvest Gold' Sewing Box was converted from pattern wheels to quilt chalk markers...from Simplicity Patterns to Quilt Block patterns, and from Kenmore Cams to Janome walking foot. I was officially a 'Quilter' with ALL the 'Bells and Whistles', 90's Sewing Technology...and...a shop full of FABRIC. Hello 'Sue's Quilt Shop'...goodbye Wackers and Anthony's Department Store...thanks for the memories.
The surprise came with the lifting of the second tray....you know the one with the rectangle compartments divided by clear plastic...now yellowed...strips. There snuggled in the bottom was a yellow box full of vintage buttons, wooden spools, a piece of pink crochet, and a note in my Grandmother Minnie's hand writing. Minnie's last Sewing Box!
And Minnie's Thread Box!
Three Generations of Sewing Boxes have come full circle.
~Clear Plastic Bucket...formerly an ice bucket found at Goodwill for $1.89..NIB...new in box.
~2 vintage plates...from my collection of Homer Laughlin .50 cents each...one for base and one for lid.
~Grandmother, Mother and Self's collection of Sewing Treasures....PRICELESS.
LOved reading this. It brings up memories for me as well. My Nana was a sewer. I'd come home from school ever day to her sitting at her machine creating something for me or another family member. She was a big lover of the pant suit back in the 70's. Anyway she taught me to sew although I don't do it much. I did inherit her button box which is a tin box filled with lovely treasures.ReplyDelete
Sue, this post takes me home - it could be my mom you've written about. I'm sure we had such a sewing box too but when Momma graduated to a sewing cabinet, all those cards of trim, hooks & eyes, and rewound spools of thread went into the drawers.ReplyDelete
My mother was garment sewer, too.ReplyDelete
She could create the most luscious clothes out of fabrics that I thought were ugly. when she finished a garment, I loved it. :) She made all my clothes when I was growing up.
I have her cabinet sewing machine, a beautiful button box and a large jar filled with sewing notions.
Sound like I have the makings of a good, back-in-time post.
Thanks for the inspiration....:)
This is like 'Chicken Soup for the Sewing Soul!' Thanks for sharing. I love it.ReplyDelete
Hi again, Sue :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by. My original blog is still there..I can see it, I can go on SEARCH and find past posts...(EVERY blogger should have this SEARCH feature because you CAN get in thru it...just no DESIGN page so you can post and etc).
I do have it backed up...and also plan to have parts of it published in a Blog Book.
Thanks so much for your tips.
My mother has a sewing basket. She's had that same basket ever since I can remember. She does NOT like sewing. I have my grandmother's sewing box. Every once in a while, I open it and go thru a bit of it.ReplyDelete
I love your sewing box/boxes. My best friend recently died, and I found her mother's sewing box, which was brown, but of the same type. So sad that I could not bring everything home - I just didn't have enough space in my car. You've done something very special with yours.ReplyDelete
AH what a sweet post and what sweet treasures ...the old spools and such!ReplyDelete