School Sewing
Donated by Miss Clare Wallis
Accession No. 10799

Example of school handsewing

© Cambridge Museum

Even after the advent of the sewing machine, girls learned at an early age to do fine hand sewing for making clothes. Here is a sampler of different mending and sewing techniques created by a girl at school.
Included are gathering into a band, tucks, flat seam, buttons and button holes, hooks and eye/loops, reinforcing, patching, hemming and a simple drawn thread decoration.

 

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