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makeanythingsue


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Re: Starter Machines and Beginning Sewers

I had a toy sewing machine which made a chain stitch, but did not find it very useful. At about 7 or 8 I did learn to do hand stitching and embroidery with my sisters and friends. However, when I was 12 I went to a Home Show with my dad and I took a chance on a sewing machine with my 50 cents. Amazingly, I won it! My mom was very busy with 7 other children (I am #2) so she bought me a pattern and some fabric and said, "You can read, see what you can do". The machine was a basic straight stitch Pfaff, but I made shorts and shirts for myself, my sisters and all my friends. I learned to make bound buttonholes, and all sorts of other tricks from a book in the library. Fifty years later, I have a much better machine, plus 2 old ones and 2 sergers and an embroidery machine. I cannot imagine not being able to sew. One of my favorite things, is to "save" something from the rag bin, or give old clothing new life. Nothing seems to phase me - I have made beautiful wedding dresses and re-vamped old kilts. All my siblings know that they can count on me to repair "anything" they have. My most important advice to a new sewer - take the chance! If you are afraid you will make a mistake - don't worry; ANYTHING is salvagable. And you never know, you might even like it better!