but waistlines and other raw edges should be either bound with fine cotton or silk material or oversewn by hand. Raw edges would soon fray with the repeated washing that is necessary to keep babies' clothes clean.
Buttonholing, feather stitching or scolloping round the neck and sleeves gives an attractive finish to hand sewn clothes.
Proud will be the mother who has worked hard to make some pretty and practical clothes for her new baby.
*If there is no Plunket Nurse nearby from whom to buy these baby patterns it is suggested that the Public Health Nurse be asked if she could help to obtain them.
Miss Nita Ropata, aged 20, is belived to be the first blind New Zealander to become skilled at working a sewing machine. She learnt at the New Zealand Institute for the Blind, Auckland, and she uses an ordinary sewing machine which has had one or two small adjustments to provide protection for her fingers. Miss Roparta has so far been using the machine for only a short time, but she has already developed remarkable skill.