I love sewing, all kinds. I have a number of sewing machines and, like most people who enjoy sewing, too much fabric. I wish I could sew as fast as my brain could think because I love to plan projects and put together the materials to complete them. Over the years, I’ve sewn many things and sewing has played an important part in my life, but mostly it brings me joy and satisfaction and an ability to create.
Many of my sewing idols tell stories of a grandmother, aunt, or mom who was instrumental in them loving this craft and bonds that were formed as a result of learning to sew. That is not my story. In fact, my desire to learn how to sew was met with angst from my Mom who felt me wanting to learn how to sew was a sign she wasn’t providing for me satisfactorily. I was thirteen years old when my mom purchased my first sewing machine for me. I don’t remember the brand, but it was solid and metal.
I had one or two sewing classes, but I learned to sew mostly from books and reading pattern directions. After I graduated college, when I had more time to sew, the resources for learning were scarce. I subscribed to “Sew News” (remember when it was a great big newspaper?) and all the pattern magazines; “Butterick Pattern Magazine ,” “Vogue Pattern Magazine,” “McCalls Pattern Magazine,” and “Simplicity Pattern Magazine.” Of course I can’t forget “Threads.”
Does anyone remember the kids pajama scare? There was a time when the papers warned of child’s pajama anti-flammability causing cancer. I made all of my son’s pajama’s that year.
Later I became more proficient and began making couture jackets and designer blouses. My first serger was a Babylock and I remember going from NY to Connecticut to get it. I loved my Singer Futura in those days and despite many saying what an awful machine it was, I created some great things with it.
Now I have many more sophisticated machines which I adore.. but I sure did love that Futura. Years later I bought one on Ebay. I do know though they don’t last very long because of the plastic gears.
More on projects and machines later.