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Re: Who first taught you to sew?

I have never known a time when my mother was not sewing. Having 5 children on a single income in the 70's was not easy, but mum sewed for us girls. The only problem was...mum is not a teacher. So, when I was 10 my best friend and I took private lessons from a retired dressmaker in town. This was a sacrafice at the time, as money was always tight in our household. Yet, mum knew what a blessing it is to be able to create your own fashions, re-decorate on a budget, or just do the everyday mending that comes from having a family. As I've gotten older, I've come to understand that mum sewed because she had to, but I sew because I love to. I have never let a difficult project stand in my way; I will always try something at least once. I found out from my grandmother that my Great-grandmother and sisters had a couture shop in Chicago, in the early part of the 20th century. Evidently I come by my love of fabric naturally. I have at different times sewed for others, but my greatest achievments have been when I sew for my children and grandchildren. Watching my granddaughter delight in a new project that Grandma made is wonderful. I hope I never develop an ailment that keeps me from sewing. I have started quilting...being 40-something I thought I should at least try it...we'll see how it goes. None of my daughters show an interest in the sewing (but they sure like mum to sew for them!), but my granddaughter (who's 6) likes to sit right by me and hand me the pins.