History of The Sewing Machine by James Parton, 1872

Wow, I found this History of The Sewing Machine on archive.org and it is so cool to look through and read! I love that it is illustrated, there is something so charming about that. I’ve always been a bit of a history geek and love doing in-depth research into any subject that interests me, so this little booklet is absolutely fascinating to me, as I’m sure it will be to any of you who enjoy vintage/antique sewing machines and sewing history! It reads almost like fiction, and the illustrations kind of add to the fictional feel of the book, but that kind of makes me enjoy it even more. It really is more of a little biography of Elias Howe, so of course, at the end it becomes a long advertisement for The Howe Machine Co., because why the heck not, right?

So, did Elias Howe really invent the sewing machine? According to ismacs.net the question of who truly invented the sewing machine is still unanswered, or, to quote the ismacs article:

(T)he argument can go on about just who invented the sewing machine and it is unlikely that there will ever be agreement.

This little book is a real curiosity! Click on the archive.org link above to read it online or download a copy for yourself to enjoy! And definitely read the above linked A Brief History of the Sewing Machine from ismacs.net, for more information on sewing machine history!




Let’s Take 1930’s Home Economics Together! Chapter Ten: The Use of a Commercial Pattern

Last week, we started sewing, learned to draft our own slip patterns and make our own 1930’s slips in Lesson Nine: Starting the Sewing from Dulcie Godlove Donovan’s “The Mode in Dress and Home,” published in 1935. This week, we will learn about using  sewing patterns and make some more slips in Lesson Ten: The Use of a Commercial Pattern.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s lesson! Join us again next week, when we will learn how to draft and make some more undergarments with Lesson Eleven: Making Additional Underwear!

To read along with previous lessons, please feel free to search the Let’s Take Home Economics Together category, or the Home Economics tag.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962

I don’t know how long this movie will remain up on youtube, though it has managed to survive the last two months, I wanted to share it with everyone as quickly as I’d found it because it is such a classic cult film! I remember watching this movie a number of times with my sisters and just cackling with laughter at parts of it. This film is so ridiculous and over the top, I just love it! I’ve been looking for this for years now, and I’m so excited to have found it.  Enjoy it while you can, everyone, I know I will!

Champion Family Shuttle Sewing Machine

I found this cool little advertisement/booklet for Champion Family Shuttle Sewing Machines by W. A. White & Co, from 1870 on archive.org and just had to share it with you guys. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out anything about this sewing machine company, other than the fact that it doesn’t appear to be related to the White Sewing Machine Co. and it seems to be a Canadian company, which is really cool. If anyone knows anything about this company and these machines or if anyone happens to own one, I’d be really interested to hear about it!

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed up Zombies, 1964


This movie, directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, is one of the weirdest damned things I have ever seen. I watched it for the first time a few nights ago while very sick and when I looked it up again on youtube to share it with all of you, I was honestly surprised to find that it wasn’t all just a messed up fever dream! Definitely a B movie, perhaps even a C movie, this film is so bad it almost hurts, yet still manages to be funny. They don’t make them like this anymore, that’s for sure! So many awkward song and dance numbers! Roller coaster POV camera work! A weird nightmare/dream sequence! And so much more! This movie makes no sense.

With that said, grab some popcorn, and try to make sense of the utter senselessness that is “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed up Zombies” (that really is one of the best film titles EVER!)!

The Cassandra Crossing, 1976

This movie is truly terrifying. Passengers on a train are exposed to a highly contagious and deadly illness and a doctor, played by my man Richard Harris, is the only one who might be able to help. The Cassandra Crossing, directed by George P. Cosmatos, has a totally star studded cast – starring alongside Richard Harris is the ever gorgeous and wonderful Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner (!!!!!), Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, O.J. Simpson (BOO! HISS!) and many more. Also starring super awesome 1970’s clothing! This film is amazing and horrifying at the same time.

Warning: if you are seriously afraid of germs, or are terrified of the idea of a mass outbreak, you probably shouldn’t watch this.


The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, 1962

A doctor who is obsessed with trying to do a successful organ transplant (in the 1960’s!) gets to put in some real life practice when his girlfriend  has a horrific car accident and is decapitated. Can he keep her head alive? Is it right for him to even try? Would you want to live your life as a decapitated head? Would you be cool with some poor stranger’s body being attached to your head? Organ transplants, how do they work? This movie is both hilariously bad and chilling.

Night of the Living Dead, 1968

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”

This movie still gives me a massive case of the creeps, it was (and still is) such an awesome horror movie! I have really good memories of watching this with my four sisters. One of our favourite things to do together was watch old horror movies, eat popcorn and have a laugh. Watching vintage horror and science fiction movies always feels oddly cozy and comforting to me because of these memories of my sisters.

RIP George A. Romero, you creepy genius, you.

Teenage Zombies, 1959

Nothing cheers me up quite like the old science fiction B movies from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Teenage Zombies (written and directed by Jerry Warren) is one of my favourites – the last few minutes are especially awesome and hilarious, with the “teenagers” (Don Sullivan, Brianne Murphy, Paul Pepper and Mitzie Albertson) just goofing off together in the background while the grown ups talk. There are no actual “zombies”, the acting is painfully (and wonderfully) bad, and the script really makes no sense, but that is part of what makes this movie so damned awesome!

So grab some snacks and settle down to enjoy this awesomely bad B movie with me!