“Sewing is beneficial if we plan our work ahead so that we do our sewing happily at convenient times. I find I can get the most done by planning ahead, and then I have the added satisfaction of seeing my plans work out.” – Home Arts, Fall 1936 issue
The 1930s were difficult days of making due with far less because of the Depression. People had less money than ever, and many women took in sewing jobs to help supplement their families’ incomes. Women in these days also had to be creative in making their own clothing in order to be fashionable on a small budget (like many of us today). In order to get the most out of their time and complete the most amount of sewing possible, a magazine article from the Home Arts from the fall of ’36 shares tips on “bundle” sewing.
The article describes the “bundle” sewing woman like this, “Her home and her children, as well as she herself, are always beautifully dressed, and yet she has time to be charming and time for social things.” Don’t we all want to have time to be charming and social? You can make efficient use of your time and complete more projects faster by “bundle sewing,” just like they did in the 1930s! Here is how:
How to Bundle Sew:
1. Cut out all the pieces for several projects.
2.For each of these projects, do all of the machine sewing, pressing, etc. that is needed. Don’t do the handsewn parts.
3. Take each project and all of the notions required for it (snaps, thread, needle, buttons, scissors, etc.) and separate them into piles.
4. Place each pile in a large Ziploc gallon bag, reusable tote, or container. (I’m using an old cloth bag that was once the packaging for some new sheets. I also recommend the plastic packages many new curtains come in.)
5. When you’re commuting, on a road trip, or waiting in an office somewhere, take a bundle with you in your purse.
6. Work on the hand sewing while you wait.
Enjoy your finished garment!