A gift from Granny…

by ShanniLoves on May 13, 2012 · 5 comments

in 1950s,Pattern Catalogs,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

Wanted to share this Singer reference book my Grandma gave me recently.  Published in 1955 this book only cost 95 cents.   My Granny would of been around my age, 35, at the time she was learning from this book.

Singer Sewing Skills Reference book

I can’t wait to go through this book.   It discusses a little bit of everything and a lot of things I’ve never heard of.  Adjustable hemmer , zipper closures and everything in between.

I myself need to pay particular attention to this section…my posture is horrible…

Sit up straight my dears!

There are 6 sewing lessons in this book and each lesson has a little packet of scrap fabric to practice on.

  • Lesson 1 – Sewing Machine Principles
  • Lesson 2 – Stitching Methods and Fashion Details
  • Lesson 3 – Sewing Machine Attachments
  • Lesson 4 – Fashion Stitches
  • Lesson 5 – Zipper Closures
  • Lesson 6 – Hems and Hem Finishes

I love my Grandma’s cute little notes various places in the book and each of the lesson packets still has the fabric she practiced on.






















This is so precious to me and something I will cherish forever!


I also wanted to share a brand new skirt I just made for myself that I am so super pleased about!  My Granny will be pleased as well.   Simplicity 2226, it’s not a vintage pattern but the polka dots give it vintage flare don’t cha’ think!?!?

You can see more pics of it on my blog here.

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silverstah May 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love those old sewing books! I have a mid-60′s Better Homes and Garden sewing book that I reference all the time. They’re timeless!

The skirt is SUPER cute!


Becca May 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I just found that same sewing book with the little lesson envelopes at an estate sale. I love stuff like that. So fun! Cute skirt, too!


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns May 15, 2012 at 12:29 am

How lovely! I think it is so wonderful to learn about vintage fashions from the women who really wore those clothes!

Happy sewing,



Molly May 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I have that book (as well as similar ones from Butterick, McCall and Simplicity of the era) but the Singer one is the most comprehensive when it comes to using your machine to produce all those great vintage details while the others concentrate on patterns and fittings (odd that, haha!). Its one I’d also recommend. sadly mine didn’t come with the lesson envelopes (bought from ebay) so I’m fascinated to see them! And of course, mine didnn’t come with the great personal history which no amount of money could buy, what a wonderful. sentimental gift to you.


Pippa May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Aww wow and the notations make it so much cooler. Definately keep it in a safe place.


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