The introduction of manual training as a necessary part of education has raised sewing to an art of great importance. Outside of the practical advantage of being able to use the needle, the mental training through hand and eye has been proved to have a permanent effect on the character. The training of the hand makes it dextrous in other employments. Habits of thrift, cleanliness, patience and accuracy are inculcated, economy taught and the inventive faculty developed. Attention and the power of observation are increased by giving the lesson to an entire class at one time instead of by the old method of showing each pupil separately.
In order to get the best results, certain fixed rules must be followed; to meet this want, these brief notes are given for the use of teachers. The course is carefully graded to lead the mind gradually upward to more difficult needlework. An enthusiastic and progressive teacher can, through sewing, make freer and more capable beings of her pupils and help round out their characters.
[From the first edition, 1893.]