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.