Thursday, January 19, 2017
Women's Nerves Often Ruined by Sewing
Are your nerves ruined by sewing? Are you strained by "working the machine?" Or does machine sewing cause you eye strain?
You could try Dr. A. W. Chase's Nerve Pills -- if you can find them. But since this is from a 1910 newspaper you're unlikely to meet with success. I never see them at the pharmacy these days.
This ad's not very clear because I printed it from a microfilm reader. It's uncommon -- in my experience, at least -- to see a woman at a sewing machine in an old ad. I was surprised and delighted to see it but sad to think that the women of 1910 had such a hard go of machine sewing. I know their burdens were much heavier than ours. We have so many labor-saving devices that hadn't yet been invented in 1910, and I'm grateful for them. Still, machine sewing has never caused the ruin of my nerves. If anything, I find it somewhat soothing, especially if I'm sewing simple shapes together to create quilt blocks.
How about you? I hope machine sewing isn't ruining your nerves.
P. S. I usually only read newspapers on microfilm when I'm doing family history research. I'd rather sew than go searching for sewing ads in old newspapers. ;-)