I’ve had this blog post in mind for quite a while. You see, a few months ago
my sister sent me our grammas sewing box. Oh I was excited to have this come into my life.
It’s probably 9 x 9 and about 6″ deep. Nice handle, nice bit of weaving to compliment the wicker of the box. When I opened the box I noticed the pins stuck in just the right spot. I’m sure at some point gramma wore hats and the hat pins would have been part of her everyday life. Now they’re in her sewing box and I get to see them. There are a couple of needles on there that I have NO idea what they’re for.
She has the usual things on the top tray Scissors, needle packs 2 measuring tapes
The bottom is chock full as well with lots of little bits and pieces. Sucrets boxes, a whitmans sampler box, seam guage, pins, pins and more pins, needles, scissors and thimbles.
Here are two of the three thimbles that are in the box…they both fit my fingers…but then there’s this one:
I have never seen a thimble like this one. This thimble has a built in needle threader. If you slide down the bar, then slide down the little attachment the threader comes out! I am totally blown away by this! While I don’t normally use a threader this one has come in handy with one of my projects where I’m using double thread. Getting both strands through the eye of the needle when the thread breaks makes my life so much easier.
I have a seam guage similar to this one, however one big difference, this one is made in the USA and gramma got it when KMart still had a big sewing section because she paid just 57 cents for it. It’s been a while since I bought mine and don’t quite know how much they run now so 57 cents may or may not be a bargain.
I looked up this Sucrets box this morning…it’s pretty old, perhaps as early as the late 20’s early 30’s and since gramma is in her 90’s she could well have been the only owner of this particular little box.
The rest of the stuff is the usual, pins, buttons, scissors and some bits and bobs. I am so glad that her thimble fit and I can use it to finish this quilt. The other thimbles would be great for piecing.