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Sewing Table
Sewing Table

Spinning Reel
Many accesories were needed to speed the work of spinning, weaving, and sewing. Sewing tables, or work tables, as they were called, were made in a great number of styles. On the skirted models, a sliding shelf pulls out to expose the bag, while the top sides lift up. The spinning reel was used for winding yarn into hanks. Dozens of new sewing machines were patented between the years 1850 and 1870. They were all cast iron construction, often gilded and decorated as if to apologize for the intrusion of a piece of mechanism in the Victorian household. The spinning wheel was an essential prototype, varying only slightly in different models.
Sewing Machine circa 1867
Sewing Machine, 1867
Loom
Loom
The sewing bird of cast brass was used as a clamp for the edge of a table. The pads were for pincushions, while the springed beak could hold a piece of cloth till needed. Sewing stands and spool racks were also essential items for the the quilter.

The Sewing Bird

Sewing stand and spool rack