Circa 1870 Whight & Mann's famous lockstitch, the Prima Donna, was sold in both hand and treadle forms. The treadle itself was a dedicated design of real beauty and elegance. Today it is a rare item, and highly sought after.
A day spent sewing. A young woman with a sewing machine c. Most likely an advertisement because photos would not have been wasted on the daily mundane household tasks. Yet I marvel at the beautiful things made with such a simple machine and time.