Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Labor Day Salute: Look for the Union Label...

Sewing Machine and Tag Designs on Sale for Labor Day
Honoring the many garment workers of America this Labor Day with fondness and I admit a little sadness as well.

The love of sewing and crafting extends well beyond the actual process of creating garments, accessories and items for the home.  Memories of mom, grandma, aunts being so creative inspired many of us.

How many of you enjoy hunting through antique stores to see what sewing related and craft items you can find?  Why do we need 2 treadle machines or a featherweight when we have a terrific sewing and embroidery machine at home?

We love the ingenuity of the past. It's the thrill of Americana.  It's easy to connect thoughts of sewing machines with quilts, quilting bees, sewing factories, garment workers, heirloom sewing and hum "Look for the Union Label"...
 I found a few fun things on my latest trip and perhaps you will have some fond memories, too!

How many of you remember the commercial below? How do you feel about it now? I seldom share that  I worked a summer job stitching Patty O'Neal dresses during college. I made lots of belt loops that summer plus straight stitching seams. The women really worked hard and yet they loved what they did. Let me add that they started when minimum wage was 10 cents an hour! It was a very hands on education that summer.  Very few clothes are made here in the USA in comparison to the rest of the world.  But that is where having sewing skills makes the difference for many of us. We should share the gift of sewing with all generations - it is more than an art. It is part of our history.  Sewing is fun, creative and useful. 

Fall is approaching and once again I will be doing projects on this blog, on Facebook and with skill building tips added to YouTube.

Look what I found, can't believe they have it.  Best book is you are into seriously designing your own clothes.  Friends ask where I got my "older edition" and now here it is brand spanking new on amazon!


Unknown said...

I LOVE your blog! I actually have a vintage sewing machine as part of my logo. If you'd like to read my blog it's at:

You're very welcome for the follow on Twitter.
Be good and take care, Laurie

Cookie Gaynor said...

Bobbi Lee, heading your way to enjoy your blog!

Wendy said...

Hi Cookie...yes I too go to estate sales looking for vintage machines even though I have plenty of modern ones. Love your blog.

I've got that pattern book in both versions 4 and 5. I need to start working with them...lol.