In honor of Valentine's Day - some Victorian trade cards depicting the effects of the sewing machine on romance!
"Romeo & Juliet" are aided by a Singer sewing machine.
Cupid & Mr. Singer's machine share in the nuptials:
"What I have sewed together let no one rip asunder"
A heartfelt proposal is answered "Yes, on condition that you buy me a Domestic with new wood work and attachments". Cupid expedites things by phoning "Hello - send a Domestic - quick!"
Newlywed bliss = new Domestic sewing machine!
Or, the painful alternative:
"I will have a New Home Machine!"
"A New Home or a divorce, take your choice Sir!"
I couldn't resist throwing in my own take on sewing machine romance:
Sunbonnet Sue & A Sewing Machine Named Desire.
This block was made as part of a group quilt project for Treadle On.
Sue is drooling over an antique sewing machine labeled "Desire".
Hand & machine applique with gold thread embroidery.
Happy Valentine's Day!