Modern Living: A Time to Sew

Eve herself invented it (Genesis 3:7). The late Gypsy Rose Lee listed it as one of her favorite indoor sports. Leslie Uggams and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey do it regularly—and so do nearly 50 million other American women. Nonetheless, home sewing was scarcely worth a fig leaf until the late '60s. Today it is a $3 billion business, up from $1.3 billion just seven years ago, thanks to a happy combination of factors. Coinciding with rising costs and declining quality of retail clothing, there came a new widespread interest in creative handicrafts. At the same...

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