This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
1. Be very careful to have clean hands.
2. Sit in an erect position, never resting any part of the arm on the desk.
3. Do not fasten the work to the desk or knee.
4. Never sew without a thimble, either the top or the side of it can be used.
5. Do not put the work or thread to the mouth, as that will soil it.
7. When scissors are not used, to break the thread place the left thumb-nail firmly over the last stitches; wind the thread around the right forefinger, and break the thread with the right thumb-nail.
8. Do all sewing nicely, making the stitches small and even, having the wrong side look as neat as possible, and sewing the corners with great care.
10. Before showing the work to the teacher, fasten the needle securely in the work.
We will call the fleshy or soft part of the forefinger a sewing cushion.
What are the necessary articles for school sewing? Upon which finger is the thimble worn? For what is an emery bag used? Where should the needle be placed before putting away the work? What should first be put into the bag? Why should the bag be tied up carefully? In what condition should the hands be? How should a child sit while sewing? Should the work be fastened to the desk or knee? Should you ever sew without a thimble? Should the work or thread be put to the mouth? Why? In plain sewing where should you begin to sew? In which hand should the part of the work not sewed be held? How should the thread be broken? How ought all sewing to be done? Where should great care be taken? What is called the sewing cushion?