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Background imageSewing Collection: Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899

Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899
Advertisement for Charles Horners patent Dorcas thimble, as worn by a quarter of a million ladies. This thimble has a steel core, lined with two layers of silver

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer Sewing Machines - factory in Clydebank

Singer Sewing Machines - factory in Clydebank, Scotland. 1932

Background imageSewing Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageSewing Collection: Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes

Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), British ballet dancer, pictured at her Kensington home repairing her ballet shoes around the time she danced the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at a Royal Command Gala

Background imageSewing Collection: Sewing a quilt. Gees Bend, Alabama

Sewing a quilt. Gees Bend, Alabama. Date 1937 Apr

Background imageSewing Collection: Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson

Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl concentrates on a garment she is sewing, presumably for the doll which sits next to her. An interesting basket full of sewing paraphenalia spills over beside her

Background imageSewing Collection: Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine

Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine
Seated Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing machine in traditional costume, with a similarly-dressed lady alongside as well as a smart Welshman

Background imageSewing Collection: Great Barr Colony, Staffordshire

Great Barr Colony, Staffordshire
Great Barr colony for mental defectives, opened circa 1918 by the Walsall and West Bromwich Joint Committee to house people with severe learning difficulties

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer in Bulgaria

Singer in Bulgaria
This Bulgarian lady, like her husband and her daughter, is wearing her flamboyant regional costume as she treadles away at her Singer

Background imageSewing Collection: Wertheims Sewingmachine

Wertheims Sewingmachine
The sewing machines manufactured by Joseph Wertheim of Frankfurt are used by gnomes as well as by the housewives of Ballarat and Warrnambool

Background imageSewing Collection: Advertising card for Singer Sewing Machines

Advertising card for Singer Sewing Machines. One boy is so entranced by the new Singer in the shop window, he is unaware his friend is pinching some of the berries from his basket! However

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer Factory / Postcard

Singer Factory / Postcard
Workers leaving the Singer factory, makers of the famous sewing machine

Background imageSewing Collection: Advert / Singer Sewing

Advert / Singer Sewing
Singer sewing machines

Background imageSewing Collection: Advert, Four Famous Singers

Advert, Four Famous Singers
Advertisement for the Singer Sewing Machine - Four Famous Singers - Adelina Patti, Christina Nilsson, Emma Albani and the sewing machine! circa 1895

Background imageSewing Collection: Cover design, Simplicity Sewing Book

Cover design, Simplicity Sewing Book, helpful hints for beginners and experts. 1947

Background imageSewing Collection: Busy tailors workshop

Busy tailors workshop
A busy tailors workshop, with a gentleman being fitted for a new suit

Background imageSewing Collection: French Tailors C18Th

French Tailors C18Th
An elegant Frenchman has a fitting for a new coat. A tailor, down on one knee, makes some adjustments. Another, sewing buttons, sits cross legged on a bench

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer Sewing Machine - Shoe Repairers Machine

Singer Sewing Machine - Shoe Repairers Machine model 29K53. 1932

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer Sewing Machines - factory clock tower

Singer Sewing Machines - factory clock tower. 1932

Background imageSewing Collection: Woman sewing

Woman sewing
Woman sitting down sewing. Date: 1917

Background imageSewing Collection: Flowers for Grandmother

Flowers for Grandmother

Background imageSewing Collection: The Improved Ladys Own Sewing Machine

The Improved Ladys Own Sewing Machine by Leigh & Crawford, Brooke Street, Holborn, London EC. 19th century

Background imageSewing Collection: Gordon Highlanders making kilts in the open air

Gordon Highlanders making kilts in the open air
A group of soldiers from the Gordon Highlanders, some smoking pipes, sit outdoors making kilts. One of them is using a sewing machine

Background imageSewing Collection: Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby

Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby
Two girl guides sit in a picturesque garden knitting socks and comforters after their exertions gardening

Background imageSewing Collection: Making horse tack in a workshop

Making horse tack in a workshop
Two craftsmen preparing the leatherwork for horse tack; shaping, stretching and sewing the pieces to the correct shape and size. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageSewing Collection: Forty Winks by C. E. Wilson

Forty Winks by C. E. Wilson
A dear old lady in a mop cap, spectacles and a tartan shawl has fallen asleep at a table in the middle of reading a newspaper and sewing a patchwork quilt

Background imageSewing Collection: Happy Families / Mr Tape

Happy Families / Mr Tape
" Happy Families" was devised in Britain by Mr Jacques in 1861

Background imageSewing Collection: Girl Sewing / Cat Sleeping

Girl Sewing / Cat Sleeping
A little girl sits sewing while her cat sleeps at her feet

Background imageSewing Collection: Stitch Types Diagram

Stitch Types Diagram
Leaflet that is promotional & instructional as it clearly & simply shows you how to do various basic handsewing stitches & hems such as handkerchief or rolled hem

Background imageSewing Collection: Mr Tape the Tailor

Mr Tape the Tailor, from " Happy Families" devised in Britain by Mr Jacques in 1861

Background imageSewing Collection: The Dacca Twist Companys Sewing Cotton, Manchester

The Dacca Twist Companys Sewing Cotton, Manchester
Advertising showcard, The Dacca Twist Companys Sewing Cotton, Manchester. Date: circa 1900

Background imageSewing Collection: Betsy Ross, 1777

Betsy Ross, 1777. Betsy Ross showing Major Ross and Robert Morris how she cut the stars for the American flag; George Washington sits in a chair on the left. Date c1932 July 28

Background imageSewing Collection: Firemen at Chipping Norton Workhouse, Oxfordshire

Firemen at Chipping Norton Workhouse, Oxfordshire
Firemen stand in a burnt-out section of the Chipping Norton workhouse in Oxfordshire following a fire on 19 March 1911. Sewing machines and cotton reels amongst the debris indicate a sewing room

Background imageSewing Collection: Domestic sewing machine. Bride and groom

Domestic sewing machine. Bride and groom. Date c1882

Background imageSewing Collection: Moroccan Pouf Makers

Moroccan Pouf Makers
Moroccan Pouf makers

Background imageSewing Collection: Social / Us Sewing Room

Social / Us Sewing Room
Two girls and a woman in an old-time sewing room

Background imageSewing Collection: Young Woman Sewing

Young Woman Sewing
A superb mezzotint showing a young woman engaged in needlework

Background imageSewing Collection: Girl Sewing Quilt C1890

Girl Sewing Quilt C1890
A little girl completes the final stitches on a quilt. Date: circa 1890

Background imageSewing Collection: Household / Sewing (C17)

Household / Sewing (C17)
Two Dutch women sewing

Background imageSewing Collection: Advertisement for Kerrs thread, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Advertisement for Kerrs thread, Newark, New Jersey, USA
An advertisement for Kerr & Co thread of Newark, New Jersey, USA. Keep your eye on Kerrs Thread. Sure to Please. Showing a young lady sitting on a giant reel of thread

Background imageSewing Collection: Meltham Mills 1851

Meltham Mills 1851
Meltham Mills, near Huddersfield. Brooks family, Royal improved, patent cotton spinning mill. 1851

Background imageSewing Collection: Singer Building, New York, USA - compared to other Buildings

Singer Building, New York, USA - compared to other Buildings
Promotional card for Singer Sewing Machines, featuring a view of the Singer Building, New York, USA - compared (in height) to other tall Buildings in the UK: Nelsons Column, Dublin

Background imageSewing Collection: Illustration of a family of women sewing at home, the centre figure using a sewing machine

Illustration of a family of women sewing at home, the centre figure using a sewing machine. Advert for Dewhurst's Sylko Machine Twist Date: 1918

Background imageSewing Collection: Illustration of a lady using her sewing machine at home Date: 1920s

Illustration of a lady using her sewing machine at home Date: 1920s

Background imageSewing Collection: People with sewing machine, Natal, Africa

People with sewing machine, Natal, Africa

Background imageSewing Collection: Group of people in Natal, Africa with a sewing machine

Group of people in Natal, Africa with a sewing machine, early 1900s

Background imageSewing Collection: Sewing Buttons

Sewing Buttons - Illustration of a lady sewing buttons onto a coat. Artist: ? Webb. Date: 1924



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