A seamstress at heart

After my first husband and I were married, he asked me what it would take for me to stop working and stay home. I told him a Singer Golden Touch and Sew in a cabinet all its own.

I didn’t think he’d buy it for me because it was over $500 and we weren’t rich. But believe it or not, he went out and got one!

Helen wearing a dress she made.

I finally agreed to stay home. I figured as long as he’d spent that much money, I would sew a bunch of stuff. I never took a single lesson, but taught myself. At one time, there wasn’t anything in our closet I hadn’t made. The funny part is, the clothes all fit beautifully!

I had always liked sewing. When I was in high school, I made a dress. Then when I was overseas, I worked briefly in a tailor shop after serving in the military. The shop paid me for things like ironing shirts and sewing things on sleeves. A man that worked at the shop taught me how to sew and use a sewing machine before I was sent home.

Helen and her husband, Leo (center), wearing blue jump suits Helen sewed for them to wear to this family gathering.

Those skills were put to good use with my husband’s gift of my Singer sewing machine. I made clothes for my boys when they were little. Once I even made shirts for me, my husband, and my sons out of the same material so we all matched!

August 12th just so happens to be the 166th anniversary of the patent for the first Singer sewing machine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has spent hours threading needles, sewing seams, and creating memories on a Singer. There’s such a satisfaction in holding up something and thinking, “I made that.”

Are you a sewer? What do you like to make?

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  1. Thank you, Helen, for sharing that sewing story. My mother bought me my Touch and Sew in the summer of 1974. I was leaving home and moving across the country. We usually bought the bargain brand or the basic model of everything, but not this time. The salesman said to my mother, “your piano playing sounds much better on a top quality instrument”. How did he know he was speaking to a gifted pianist? I’ll never know, but it spoke volumes to her and I was delighted with my new gifted machine. I’ve made dresses and jackets, and of course many repairs and alterations. I’m now preparing to make a bedspread and curtains. Thank you Helen, and thank you to Singer. Kathleen

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