New Orleans House Project

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pieces of the Past: Romancing the Sewing Machine

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!


  1. What a sweet collection -- I loved seeing them! (followed your link from Treadle On) Hope you are having a nice Valentine's Day, too! :) Dianne B. in England

  2. I saw your post on TreadleOn and am glad I found your blog! Thanks for posting these, they are terrific!

    As a retired geography professor (sort of: adjunct assistant professor = part time hired help, no benefits) I also love your map heading.

    Cheryl Warren