"The house-wife plies her needle and her thread, / Long after idle people are in bed; / The rent is small, but she full well doth know, / That little rents to larger ones will grow."—Barber, 1857

A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine

"The house-wife plies her needle and her thread, / Long after idle people are in bed; / The rent is…

This is an illustration of "Beauty and the Beast" a fairy tale by artist Robert Anning Bell in 1894. It seems to depict three ladies sewing a dress.

Beauty and the Beast

This is an illustration of "Beauty and the Beast" a fairy tale by artist Robert Anning Bell in 1894.…

Book binding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded pages, involving the attachment of a cover.

Book Binding

Book binding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded pages,…

When binding books they are "sewed on a frame, each sheet being attached by a thread to cords across the back. The sewing, though sometimes done by a machine, is cheifly executed by girls."-Lupton

Book Binding

When binding books they are "sewed on a frame, each sheet being attached by a thread to cords across…

Fairy sewing on a leaf.

Fairy sewing

Fairy sewing on a leaf.

Girl sewing in silhouette.

Girl sewing

Girl sewing in silhouette.

The inventor of the sewing machine.

Elias Howe

The inventor of the sewing machine.

Elias Howe's original model of the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine

Elias Howe's original model of the sewing machine.

A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread. Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies.

Sewing Machine

A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread.…

A textile machine used as a home appliance for sewing

Sewing Machine

A textile machine used as a home appliance for sewing

A needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth

Sewing Needle

A needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth

A girl sitting politely as her mother sews.

A Girl Being Polite

A girl sitting politely as her mother sews.

An illustration of two men sewing sails for a sailboat.

Sail-Making

An illustration of two men sewing sails for a sailboat.

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other.

Large Scale Scissors

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected…

A woman whose occupation is sewing; a needle woman.

Seamstress

A woman whose occupation is sewing; a needle woman.

A detail of a Singer sewing machine.

Details of a sewing machine

A detail of a Singer sewing machine.

Something sewn or to be sewn.

Machine Sewing

Something sewn or to be sewn.

An instrument used by weavers for passing the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other, between the threads of the warp; sewing machine shuttle.

Shuttle

An instrument used by weavers for passing the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other,…

A spindle is a cone shaped weigh that hooked the thread to one end and would allow the person to spin the wool to create thread. The distaff is a tool to keep the thread untangled in the spinning process.

Distaff and spindle

A spindle is a cone shaped weigh that hooked the thread to one end and would allow the person to spin…

"Carefully place a fine sewing needle upon the surface of the water. With care, and perhaps repitition, the needle may be made to float...Closely examine the surface of the water. Notice that the needle rests in a little depression or bed, just as it would if the surface of the water was a thin skin or membrane." -Avery 1895

Surface Tension and Needle

"Carefully place a fine sewing needle upon the surface of the water. With care, and perhaps repitition,…

A kind of metallic cap or cover, or sometimes a ring, for the finger, used in sewing to protect the finger from the needle.

Thimble

A kind of metallic cap or cover, or sometimes a ring, for the finger, used in sewing to protect the…

An illustration of a bobbin of thread.

Bobbin of Thread

An illustration of a bobbin of thread.

An illustration of a woman sewing.

Woman Sewing

An illustration of a woman sewing.