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Re: Who first taught you to sew?

My grandmother was a wonderful seamstress and she made nearly all of my clothes on her Singer treadle machine until I was around 8 years old and her health failed. She taught me the very basics of hand sewing, and under her guidance I made some doll clothes and the top of a small patchwork quilt. However, despite her patient coaching, I was never able to master the use of a thimble. Nor, I freely admit, was I ever truly able to understand why I, (or anyone else, for that matter), would have any reason to master the use of a thimble. Unfortunately, I think she felt personably responsible for this glaring gap in my sewing skill set and assumed my progression as a seamstress was doomed.

I had the "bug", though, and by the time I was around 10 I very much wanted a sewing machine. So, I started saving my babysitting money, and after 220-plus hours of babysitting my cousins, I saved enough to buy a basic Singer machine. From that point on, I was almost entirely self-taught, and definitely learned by the process of trial and error.

I continued sewing for myself, friends, and my children until about 15 years ago, when life just seemed to get too hectic. But, I'm happy to say that I am starting to sew again! Not that my life isn't still hectic, but after five grandsons in the last 10 years, I now have a granddaughter and I can't wait to start sewing up a storm for her!