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And Sew It Was!

"This Singer treadle machine was a 1920 wedding gift to Flora Tomlinson that came with her when she and George moved west."  “I love that jacket!” was one response when asked which garment of those shown he liked best.  "Pink was fashionable then and it s

"This Singer treadle machine was a 1920 wedding gift to Flora Tomlinson that came with her when she and George moved west." “I love that jacket!” was one response when asked which garment of those shown he liked best. "Pink was fashionable then and it s

Many different objects of the Onoway Museum collection were showcased during a recent presentation.

A group of grade 5/6 students from Onoway Elementary School had been doing a week-long CTF (Career and Technology Foundations) study of sewing, and had been experiencing sewing by hand and by machine in class. Now they heard, saw, and held in their hands various components of how sewing has evolved over the past century. Museum volunteer Lucy Strobl introduced students to different sewing machines, from hand-cranked to treadle to electric. Students then saw samples of hand-made pieces of clothing from a satin wedding dress to a circle skirt and pencil skirt, to a quilted vest made from salvaged denim work shirts. The many sewing notions (zippers, buttons, pinking shears, hooks-and-eyes, etc.) and patterns were laid out for the touching. Then by flipping pages in catalogs from different years, one could see how styles changed.

Of special interest was the tanned hide jacket made by Mrs. Grey, whose hand-made beaded jackets were highly sought after. Of Métis heritage, Mrs. Grey lived where the bottle depot is today in Onoway.

The teacher, Kerry Fegyverneki, smiled as she watched the students being totally absorbed by the information and the hands-on experience. These will, hopefully, result in ideas – perhaps turning something old into something new and, up the road, a career working with clothing and fabric. The very positive cooperative efforts between OES and Onoway Museum resulted in a great learning experience and ... more visits to the museum!

 

Yvonne Slemko

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