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Original Singer sewing machine., Digital ID 112334, New York Public Library(Original Singer Sewing Machine)

September is National Sewing Month! How lovely is it that we have such a month? Very lovely indeed, even though I admit that I haven’t done any sewing yet this month. What I did do recently was purchase some dress fabrics and trimmings from the fashion district here in New York and from Philadelphia’s Fabric Row (both great neighborhoods for textile hunters). I plan to create some winter dresses before winter actually arrives. In the meantime, I wanted to honor this month by reporting on one of NYPL’s holdings that intigues me. Around 1960 the Singer Sewing Machine Co. released a series of jingles to promote sewing, the lead title being: Sing a Song of Sewing. The recording is held at NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts, and I hope to get over and listen to it soon (and will report back!).

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Sing A Song of Sewing

This indeed is a fine record. Although it's not a series of jingles, it's an "industrial musical." An entire musical written for the salesmen and managers of the Singer Sewing Machine company, performed one night (two shows), with the content all about Singer, their products, and employee motivation. Very few of these were pressed - and for the attendees only. It's a lot of fun.

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