I put in my second shift as a volunteer for Fort Nisqually today. I spent about 3 hours doing mostly hand sewn repairs of period clothing. Here is the very full second floor dormer where the work is done.
Just visible to the left of the yellow chair is a sewing machine. I also did battle with it today. I did a "growth tuck" in a little girl's dress. That means I put a tuck in it to shorten it temporarily. I'm told it is a period technique for hand-me-downs. My battle was getting it threaded correctly.
I also did some research in the library for about an hour. I have a number of things to look up on the intarwebs.