1930s Laura Wheeler Designs Mail Order Quilting Patterns

Last one in this little vintage sewing series—quilting patterns. In this very worn paper Eaton’s bag I found a stack of newspaper clippings as well as some cardboard cutouts of my Grandma’s. The Laura Wheeler Designs clippings seem to be from the 1930s. I have no experience quilting so I’m not sure what all the cutouts are…

White Zig Zag Sewing Machine

I’m told this is the machine my Grandma did most of her sewing on (home projects, clothing, quilting, embroidery). My Dad had it serviced to working order a few years ago, “just in case”, and I took a few photos of it the last time I visited. This is a White Zig Zag Sewing Machine, model 9951…

Yarn Shopping in the 1970s

When a dear family friend passed on her loom to me (!!!) she also gave me a binder of her weaving notes. Notes from the classes she had taken, swatches of various styles, and tucked in the back were these sheets of yarn samples. It looks like a catalogue of yarns and other supplies you…

My Nana’s Sewing Supplies

A peek at a few of my Nana’s sewing supplies I have with me in the city. I still use and absolutely treasure that little metal pin case, but thankfully a serger has replaced the pinking sheers. Why are good pressing hams so difficult to find now? That and weighted o-rings. If anyone knows where…

Smalley Ladies in Hats

In the spirit of all those Sundays I had to put a comb through my hair and hat on my head for church, I give you a look at two sophisticated Smalleys and their hats. This blue hat (below) was worn by my nana on her wedding day in May 1943. Her suit was a…