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    Do you remember

    When you first noticed someone sewing, was it your mother, aunt, etc. What age and do you think that had anything to do with you going on to sew later in life? I remember my mom cutting fabric on the table and I would sit under it and I loved to hear the scrunching of the scissors on the table. She also had a spangle, is that what that big iron thing is? I loved the smell of her ironing the clean fabric. That was when I was 3 and 4, later when I was 12, she started sewing again and then I took over and have never stopped.
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    My mother was always sewing and when we went to grandmas she was always sewing and had a project cutting out on her kitchen counter and a quilt in the frame in her dining room. I guess if i don't have some type of project spread out somewhere I feel lost and so almost lost.......I hope that makes sense.

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    i think you're thinking of a 'mangle'...but i love the idea of 'spangle'....sparking, happy ironing!!! I have one now myself because of

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    I remember my mom sewing when I was young. Do not remember at what age, but she did do some at home. That is on top of the job she had to sew clothes. My Aunt (her sister) also sewed clothes all the time and worked for the same company but at different locations. I would say that I got into sewing because of my mom. Stopped sewing in my late teens, but picked it back up in my early 30's and have not stopped since. Do not like making clothes, but love making Quilts and crafty items
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    Both of my grandmothers saved all their feed and flour sacks for my mom and she made ALL of my clothes until I was old enough to do my own. My first winter coat was my dad's wool pea coat from the navy repurposed to a coat for me. Guess underwear and socks were the only things she bought for me until I was nearly grown.

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    My mom always made dresses for me and my sis. I can remember standing on the table for the hem to be marked, and if I got fidgety, she would say, "maybe I should give this to some other little girl who will appreciate it more."

    I definitely got my love of sewing from her.

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    I do not remember my mother sewing. She would repair clothes every now and then but nothing of interest. It wasn't until later that I know a sister in law of a friend that made drapes for a living and I was in awe at the beauty she made. I still did not get the bug until my daughters friends mother made her a quilt. The awe came back, the bug bit, and I just had to learn.
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    My Mom, God bless her, could not sew a button on. But I had an Aunt who was a magnificent seamstress, and once I saw her sitting at her machine, I SO wanted to learn too. My folks, who could ill afford it with seven kids, somehow stretched the budget and bought me a little Singer sewing machine and lessons at the local Singer sewing center for Christmas when I was about 11. I've been sewing, and loving it, ever since. I didn't get into quilting until about 5 years ago. And in regards to the "spangle" mentioned above. My Mom had one of those, and I also loved sitting with her and watching her iron. My Dad was an Air Force pilot, and she would iron his flight suits - replete with about 21 zippers - to perfection!!! Wow, I sure miss my Mom.
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    I also remember my mother making dresses for my sisters and I. One year she made Easter dresses for us out of organza as I remember. She did not bind the seams and those dresses were a torture to wear. The organza was stiff and the unbound seams were like a row of fine needles sticking into our skin. I began sewing at about 8 years old on a treadle then graduated to a Featherweight at about 10 years. I made almost all of my dresses and skirts until my late teens when I went to work.
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    When I was young, my mother was one of the few mothers with a job. She and her sisters worked in a slip factory. She was a piece worker and would get paid on how many she did each day. She only used her sewing machine for repairs at home. Years later, she would make clothes for herself, and specialty clothes for my dad, as he suffered a stroke. My "sewing" memories are sitting on the stairs of the factory with the other kids after school, waiting for our mothers. The ownera were a nice couple and he used to give the girls pieces of lace and odds and ends to make clothes for our dolls. Now I know that the factory was a sweatshop, she worked hard.
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    My Mother and Aunts were beautiful seamstresses. I learned in school in 6-8th grades, and Mother would help me. I was about 12, and am 76 and still loving to sew. I quit making my Dresses, outfits around 1970 when fabric costs doubled and discovered I could buy clothing cheaper, and better than I could sew it. One year I made all my BIL's nice jackets. They loved them, and of course one for my then husband....... Now I just make the quilted things. Sadly, my DIL and GD show no interest in learning to sew! Mother had a Mangle and I loved it and had one also when I married. Was a Mangle Expert, white shirts, military uniforms, etc. Sheets of course, loved doing them~! Wish I still had one! LOL

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    I remember my mother always sewing. She made all her clothes and ours too. She wasn't a quilter but made LOTS of "fluffy" dresses for my daughter and neices when they were small.
    When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.

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    I remember my Mom and Aunt Vi making dresses for me for school and special occasions. I started playing with scraps making things for my Ginnie doll with a needle and thread. When I was about 10 or 11 Mom let me play with her sewing machine, she was so brave, and from there on I have always loved sewing for myself, my kids and friends. I too remember Mom using an Ironrite to press all kinds of things mostly sheets. I bought one when pregnant with my daughter and pressed sheets and pillow cases. They made the bed linens so smooth.

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    I was about 6yrs old, it was Halloween, I remember the costume she made for me. I was a pilgram. That was very special to me, I remember that as if it were yesterday. My mother made my sisters and I clothes now and then. My grandmother who lived next door (2 family house) was always crocheting, tatting, making pillow cases. She made all her own dresses (without a pattern). I spent a lot of time over at grandma and grandpa's. It wasn't till I was a little older around 12. Grandma and Grandpa moved to Florida. When visiting one year, I saw a crocheted poncho in the back of a tv guide. Grandma taught me basic crochet stitches. I made a beautiful poncho on the first try. I love working with my hands and being creative. I took home ec. in high school, half of the term was cooking, the other half sewing. End of the term, we had to make an outfit for the final. I picked a simple pattern and mom and I picked out nice fabric. In my class, I was able to pin the pattern, cut it. Came to putting in the zipper, I got frustrated. Mom to the rescue. I got an A on the project. When the teacher bumped into my mother, she said, your daughter did a great job, and quite lucky having a mom help her out.
    Here I am dabbling here and there doing needpoint, macrame, crocheting...now quilting...the bug has bit, and won't let go
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    My mom always had a black Singer sewing machine in a cabinet...it was just there...always open...frequently used. When I was about 4 years old my older sister told me that babies came from the mother's stomach and they cut the stomach open, got the baby out and sewed the mother back up. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how they got the mother's stomach through the sewing machine to do that!!! That was the only kind of "sewing" I had ever seen...my mother never did hand sewing.

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    My grandmother, she had an old tredle Singer sewing machine. She would let me sew on it and make my doll clothes. I guess by that, that I was around 7 or 8. I lived most of my life with my grandmother. She taught me how to Crochet, sew, and cook. There were so many kids in our family, and dad was a farmer, so grandma took me in. I was the special one. I was so lucky.

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    I remember my Grandmother sewing on a treadle. I really wasn't interested until Home Ec in HS. For Christmas that year I had a sewing a machine under the tree! I was mostly self taught and made my maternity clothes and children's clothes and until they were old enough to want Designer items!

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    I can't remember a time when my Mom didn't sew. Everything in our home made of cloth went through her machine at some point. Coats, drapes, snow pants ( remember snow pants?), clothing . Every night after dinner she would go to her machine for at least an hour. Once she told me that if she did not make about one new item every other week for each that she would never be able to keep us clothed. I can remember waiting for her to finish cutting so we could have some scraps for doll/barbie clothes. That was the only thing I think barbie was good for , ....learning to sew outfits.
    She also knit our sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves... pretty amazing seeing how she worked full time.

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    My Mom had one of those huge wooden quilt frames hanging from the ceiling. We loved to crawl under it! I can't remember a time when she didn't sew, and I inherited the love of creating anything in fabric from her. She's 89 now and I'm her caregiver and she still ooohhs and ahhhs over anything I make! She such an inspiration!

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    I don't remember when I first saw my mother sewing on her treadle, but I do remember the treadle from a very young age. When I was in high school she bought a new New Home, which I eventually ended up with. While in 3rd grade, we lived with my grandparents because my dad had been sent overseas (this was right after Pearl Harbor). My mother decided to take this opportunity to go to business school so that she could take care of us if anything happened to my dad, and while she was in school, my grandmother taught me to sew on her sewing machine. I started making thinks like pajamas, skirts, etc., then went on to doll clothes. I have sewn ever since, and I am now 77.

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    At a very young age my mom was divorced with 3 children. That was during the days when there was no government help for divorced women. My mother survived by taking in ironing and sewing for one of the better to do ladies in our town. She used to take apart worn cloths and remake them into a small size for the ladies kids. Now the kids she sewed for are in their 70 and 80 and married into families with a lot of money. I sometimes wonder if they remember wearing cloths my mother made for them. I have a quilt that Mom made out of wool scraps and I am sure she got the pieces from sewing for others. My mother was a perfectionist in her sewing and taught me more than I ever learned in school about sewing. How greatful I am for a mother who would teach me but how sorry I am that I didn't start quilting while Mom was here and could enjoy it with me.
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    My Mama made all of our clothes until she went to work after my sister was kindergarten age. She still sewed after that but didn't have as much time for it. She even smocked our dresses when we were little. My sister and I were placed in matching dresses for years. My Granny sewed, my aunts, just about all of the ladies in the family sewed. I don't remember anyone who didn't.
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    My mother! She made my dresses, dolls and toys, slippers for the family; she was always sewing. As a child, I remember falling asleep to the whirring sound of her sewing machine, and it was so comforting. She cut out patterns on the floor! She was a great seamstress, and she instilled a desire within me to sew. However, she was not a quilter, so I don't have much left of what she made. My grandmother sewed too, either by hand or on a treadle model sewing machine. She had 11 children and many, many grandchildren. I asked her if she would make one thing for me, and she made me a Yo Yo pillow. I still have it and it is my pride and joy!
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    I think I was born next to a sewing machine... my mom started making her own clothing before I was born, so I can't actually remember the first time I noticed a sewing machine. I started sewing when I was 8 and have never stopped!
    I quilt for my sanity!

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    Mother made Easter Dresses for my sister and I as we got a bit older...it was not one of her favorite activities...lol. She had a sister in Ireland who could see a dress in the store and come home and duplicate it without a pattern. Her daughter is the same. I think I got my sewing genes from her. My Aunt in Galveston always had a quilt in the works when we went to visit on weekends. I was in love with her treadle and all the pretty fabrics. She is why I can't go into a LQS without leaving with more fabric than I ever need.

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