02 May 2009
A very small collection
A week or so ago when I was looking at all my old buttons, I was reminded that I once had the urge to start collecting vintage sewing items. I had been given a few, mainly by my mother, over the years and thought it would be good to add a few more pieces to make them into a real collection. So I started browsing in antique and second-hand shops in anticipation of picking up lots of little treasures. I quickly had my hopes dashed. The prices were prohibitive and I sadly shelved the idea of adding to my collection.
I still use the little silver thimble which once belonged to my grandmother, and no matter how carefully I position it on my finger, the needle will always find that little hole. I also use the tailor's awl with the ivory handle which is very useful for getting into tight corners with its deadly point.
I should resume my search as perhaps they are no longer so collectable. I first started looking in the days before ebay and who knows what that might reveal. In the meantime, I am happy to have these few pieces which I treasure, especially as I know some of them have been in the family for over 100 years.