This small painting of an interior nicely portrays Biedermeier bourgeois ideals. The simple household task is being performed carefully and conscientiously - alluded to by the bible lying on the windowsill. Nothing disturbs the young woman's concentration while she is sewing, which also holds true for the observer who is not distracted from this central motif. The walls of the lofty room are painted a warm green; the only adornment is drapery hanging from the ceiling. The lamplight shines directly, illuminating the young woman's field of vision; nothing disturbs the tranquillity of the scene. In 18th century genre painting Jean Baptiste Chardin was the first to introduce the motif of peaceful absorption in simple, "minor" tasks - a tradition that is unquestionably taken up in Kersting's painting.