In the early 1800s, almost everything a family and house needed – clothes, sheets, drapery – women and girls sewed by hand. With the promise of making a laborious chore one of comparative ease, the Wheeler and Wilson Company smartly marketed their sewing machines to mid-19th century women weary of long hours spent with needle in hand.
The exhibit includes more than 40 antique sewing clamps and sewing birds, which were used in hand sewing, and the sewing machine that Fort Nisqually manager Edward Huggins purchased for his wife, Letitia, in 1862. There is also a hands-on area for young people to practice sewing skills.
Dr. Tolmie, The Naturalist