This section is from the book "Text-Book On Domestic Art", by Carrie Crane Ingalls. Also available from Amazon: Textbook On Domestic Art: With Illustrations And Drafts.
Clean hands Erect position Aluminum thimble
Tape measure or rule
The thimble is worn on the middle finger of the right hand.
The length of thread should reach from shoulder to hand.
In threading, hold needle in right hand.
To tie a knot, take end before breaking thread, wind it over first finger of left hand, rolling it with thumb. Make knot as small as possible.
The needle should slant toward the shoulder in sewing, and the top of thimble strike the needle.