For Christmas my mother got me a reproduction sewing bird. At the time I thought how beautiful, but not likely to get much use in my world. Ha! Then comes along the HSF challenges and here I am using it :)
I set it up at the kitchen table which had the right width and with my traveling sewing kit I was fully functional. That and catching up on my TiVo and I quickly and painlessly got through all the hand sewing for the regency over dress. What a super helpful tool!!! Totally going to use this little guy for all my hand sewing. The more I hand sew the more I love it!
My little repro bird came from The Victorian Trading Company. And is quite sturdy if a little on the small side.
This museum site had a nice overview of the history of this sewing toolhttp://www.monmouthmuseum.org/sewingbirds.html
Really neat stuff and it would be cool to have a real one some day . . .