Wednesday, May 1, 2013

No Regrets ??

While looking for buttons to match a shirt, I ran across some that matched and immediately recognized them as belonging to my mom and thought, "I don't know if I want to use these!"

Now, when does one decide to do something that might be regrettable? I often think about the fact that I've used the last of my mother's sewing labels, not accepted her $2000 Viking sewing machine, given away a basket filled with expensive sewing items, given away my fabric and pattern stash, not kept my mom's patterns, and given away unidentifiable sewing equipment, including a walking foot etc.

The good news is that at the moment, I was excited about giving and they were excited about receiving those gifts. That's exactly what they were, "Gifts." After this therapy session, I've realized that as time goes by, everything is leaving slowly. It's been twenty-four years since her life as a seamstress came to an end. While sewing, I often think, "Mom would not believe that I am now doing what she did on a daily basis."

Yes, I still have yellowed elastic that doesn't spring back, but does it count that I threw some of it away this week? Anyway, these are some of  many of her things that I thought you might like to see.

                                                       Do you think prices have changed?

                                                   Notice that this price is for 5 yards.

                                                   I'll definitely use these soon!


                                               How long did it take this to yellow?
                                              I'd love to find my thread at these prices!                                                                 

                                        Notice that it says, "Turn machine wheel slowly."

           Yes, the zipper and the instructions fit into this tiny container.

1.MARKS 2.Gingher 3.SESAM Brazil 4. can't read 5.CASE 


  1. Amazing.. Prices have changed.. So proud you have some of your mom's things, and that you are using them.. She would be so happy , I am sure.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Dorothy, your mother will always be in your soul, and I am sure she would appreciate you giving things you will not need to other people who do want and need them. The fact that you are doing what she used to do and enjoying it is probably much more comforting to her soul than the material objects she may have used.

    1. Sarah, you are so kind and thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. I have been sewing since the 1970's and have never seen a zipper in a tube like that! I just envy you over the great scissors. Yes the prices sure have changed. Do you remember when only one size came in a pattern envelop? (LOL)

    1. Yes, I remember when...and I can't imagine how old that zipper is!

  4. I liked this post, and the way you catalogued your mother's sewing notions :). I have the same thoughts about my grandmother's old trims and threads sometimes (she's in another country).

    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post and I wish you the best in deciding when is the best time to use those items.


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