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    Who? What? Where? When? How?

    Who taught you to sew?
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    What kept you going?
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?
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    My mom taught me to sew. She was an expert - made clothes, sewed for the home, sewed bridal wear on occasion and did alterations for a local men's store when I was in high school. She scrimped on some things, but not on her machine. I learned on an Elna and that was what I bought when I got married. I sewed clothes for myself in high school and sewed for my daughter when she was born.

    My 1st quilt was a log cabin in high school. Cutting the logs with pattern pieces was the WORST! It was black, red & white. My mom finished it when she started quilting years later and it's on a bed at her house.

    My "real" quilting started in 2002. My mom showed me her cool rotary cutter, ruler and mat. I was hooked and took a beginning quilting class that winter. I replaced my Elna with a Pfaff (built in walking foot) and still love my machine. If only I could somehow carve out more harp space!

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    I learned to sew in junior high school. I learned to make quilts about 20-21 YO and learned to quilt on my own. Learned to machine quilt by reading quilt books and just doing it. My Mom showed me how to make quilts. She made quilt tops, with five kids she didn't have room or time to quilt them. I learned to make clothes for myself and two girls, made pjs for my Son. Made cutains for the home. Now I just make quilts, just finished 14th quilt for 2012. I have another I am starting. I finish one and start another, trying to use up as much fabric as I can.
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    I learned to sew as a child on my Mom's treadle machine (which I wish I had today!) making clothes for my dolls. Eventually I graduated to simple patterns, which my Mom taught me to use. She was a beautiful seamstress and made most of my sister's and my clothes as well as both of our wedding gowns. When I married I got a portable machine which I used to make clothes and curtains. Over the years I have had several machines, moving up in quality and features. I leaned to quilt mostly watching Alex Anderson's "Simply Quilts" when it was on HGTV. I would watch it and then try to duplicate what I saw. Since then I have graduated to a computerized machine that does embroidery and quilting. I attend a sewing group and am still learning!

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    Who taught you to sew? My Mom taught me as a child. She made our clothes when I was growing up.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? Thread tension. Mom was always afraid of the tension so I never learned how to make adjustments or how to do anything except straight stitching. The machine I have now has a drop in bobbin and a dial for tension which makes it much easier to adjust.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew? Taking a beginners class that will also teach you about the machine.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Just kept trying ... which is hard because I have no patience LOL

    What kept you going? Stubbornness

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? On a table. I'd love to have a cabinet but the table was free.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine? I still have to make adjustments when I change stitches but I'm no longer afraid of it.

    How did you ever learn to quilt? I took a beginners class at a local quilt shop

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? the machine had both but I was only allowed to use the straight stitch

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? Adult. I wish I had caught the bug much earlier.


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    Oh my... how could I forget sewing Barbie clothes - thanks alleyoop1~! My mom made tons of them and I loved watching her do them. Later she sewed quite a wardrobe for my daughter's dolls of all sizes and made her princess Halloween costumes.

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    I learned to sew in high school Home Ec. My mother had a Singer Treadle and I used that at home. I don't remember that the school machines had a zigzag feature. If they did I did not use it. As an adult, my first machine was a Morse. I sewed for myself, my children and my neighbors on that. I have replaced my machines to upgrade features as often as I could afford. Bought my first Bernina in 1987 and still have it but recently replaced my Bernina 180E with a Baby Lock. Bernina is out of my price range and the Baby Lock has features I need, especially the 11.7 inch throat.

    I stared quilting about the time I retired almost 20 years ago. Most of my quilts were given as gifts but I slept cozy last night under one of the first I ever made. I hand quilted until my arthritis no longer allowed me to. I machine quilt now. I did not conquer my machines. For me the biggest problem with sewing machines is dull or damaged needles.

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    Who taught you to sew? High School and college classes

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? My first machine was a Singer and I didn't know back then they needed to be oiled. Still have and my daughter is learning to sew on it now.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew? Youtube and online classes have taken my sewing and quilting farther then my college sewing class.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Learn from others mistakes, and taught myself the features of my Viking 875.

    What kept you going? Things I have been making are so beautiful.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? On my desk, quilt daily now. With cover to keep the cats off my machine.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine? Still learning

    How did you ever learn to quilt? taught myself, watching videos and reading books I found on what I wanted to learn.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? Yes, my singer was a 5 stitch and my Viking has hundreds of stitches.

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? When I was in grade school my older sister got a singer for christmas and I tried to make a 1/2 triangle pillow, but most of the time she wouldn't let me use her machine. I started Quilting about 3 years ago and I have made many quilts already.

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    My mom taught me to sew when I was six! I made barbie doll clothes which I still have. (My mom is a saver at 87 YO.) My mom's machine was a straight stitch White which we wish we still had. My first machine was a brother which I later traded for a Kenmore. Both machines were Dogs but had a sturdy straight, zig zag and button hole stitch and could sew on anything. I made drapes for people and later clothes. I made most of my clothes as well. I gave up sewing for many years after this as the joy was gone. About 7 years ago, a friend introduced me to Bernina and quilting and I was hooked. Keeps me going in retirement. Wish I had learned math through quilting...haha.
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    My mom taught me to sew when I was about 8. First thing I remember making was a pair of flannel pyjamas. This is where I learned about shrinkage - we pre-washed the fabric, and it was no longer wide enough to lay out the pattern pieces as instructed! Definitely a learning experience that has stuck with me.

    I have never had a sewing machine I didn't like. *My* first machine (as opposed to using my mother's) was ahigh school graduation gift from my parents - I've only had 2 others since then, and my sister still has the first one which I gave to her when I upgraded after college.

    My current machine lives in a sewing cabinet - the cabinet folds up nicely and closes everything in, but I don't think it's been closed for years. I started quilting in 2004, when I made a block for a friendship quilt for a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. I loved it, and was hooked on quilting from that day forward.

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    i learned to sew at school. i think i was one of the last groups of students to truly benefit from mandatory shop classes.

    my sewing machine and i have been together for 22 years. it's a good basic janome, and i don't know what i would do if it ever stops working.

    i think i will take more sewing classes in the next couple of years. i have learned most of what i know from doing, but i have hit a point where i need some hands on instruction in finer techniques, not only for quilting but more particularly for dressmaking. my results are often slightly disappointing and i know it's because i am either not quite careful enough or i am sort of a hack. when i look at prize winning quilts i know there is so very much left to learn. i think that's one of the reasons i love quilting. there's always something else to do, something else that is inspiring.

    the thing that keeps me going is a desire to make things. there are clothes i want to wear that i can't find in stores. and as far as quilting goes, there is just a simple joy in knowing i made it, that i chose all the colours, the patterns, the whole process. there are quilts i want to make that will continue to challenge me for a long time yet. i have two modern quilts in mind, and i am trying not to succumb to an overweening desire to collect william morris fabrics. eventually i will have a medallion quilt or something like one in morris fabrics, but i have some things to finish up first

    my sewing machine is portable. i don't have a cabinet.

    i took an 12 week learn to quilt class. i got stuck ont he victoria cross block and never finished the class or the sampler. i missed paper piecing, applique and two of the quilting (hand and machine) classes. i'm okay with that.

    the machines i learned on had zig zag stitches, but we learned to sew basic seams and to control the fabric as it fed under the needle. i think we must have learned how to read patterns and some basic construction techniques, but from there on out i was on my own. i have learned A LOT from youtube in the last couple of years.

    i was in grade 7, so i guess i was not quite a teenager.

    classes, perseverance, and a good sense of humour gets me through. and then sometimes, knowing i need to walk away and think about a problem, or just give my mind and body a break. that's how i do it

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    Who taught you to sew?
    I learned in Home Economics, but I always wanted to learn, so I took Home Economics for sewing as often as I could.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    I guess when the tension goes wacky and you can't figure out why.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    With all the youtube videos, people are learning to sew all by themselves. I think that is wonderful. I wish that was available to me when I was learning.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    I treat it with respect and try not to overwork it or make it do something it's not capable of. I also talk to my machines.

    What kept you going?
    I love using a sewing machine, something about making something with fabric and thread really makes me happy.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    I have several machines, only one is in a cabinet.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    I made friends with sewing machines while I was learning in Home Economics in the 1970's.

    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    I wanted to learn to quilt to make a wallhanging for my living room. I thought it was great that the entire thing could be done by machine. I have only made a few quilted items, but I loved making them on my machine.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    I think the sewing machines that were at my Junior High and High School were zig zag machines.

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?
    I was 53 when I learned to quilt.

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    I learned to sew by my Mom...no choice..."It's a life skill!" That was on a Singer treadle...straight stitch.
    I get frustrated when my machine doesn't do what I want in the moment, but the only real frustration I ever had with a machine was my first serger. I never was able to master it, so eventually was able to trade up to a Babylock that has air threading...just made for folks like me!
    When I got married, I thought I was through with sewing. When my daughter was born, the creative side of me screamed that she Needed better clothing than what I saw in the stores and a monster was born. That was 42 years ago, and I've never looked back.
    I sew in the basement most of the time on a machine that's on a table. I also have machines on our main floor and do all the embroidery there. In the loft, I have my Mom's old Viking 6430 in a cabinet. I go there when I want to sew the heavy duty stuff. Hmmm, looks like I've taken over the house!
    I began quilting by doing turn and tie...really, no I idea that I was quilting!
    Then I did some self taught piecing and machine quilting.
    Then I took a class and learned about accuracy and 1/4 inch seams and have been enamored ever since. My secret is that no one in my entire huge family quilts, so they all think my stuff is fabulous! I love to take classes, mostly for the cameraderie (sp?) and to see what others pick for colors,etc. I love that I see mostly women from all stages and walks of life, coming together to create with love.

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    Who taught you to sew? My mother. Before she and my dad bought there business she use to make clothing for other people to earn some money.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? Not enough space in the harp for large quilts and tension when using fine threads.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew? I have not had a difficult time for the things I like now - quilting and home dec. I quit making clothes because I was always slightly disappointed in how they turned out. Fitting clothes to myself is an issue.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Practice, practice , practice.

    What kept you going? I enjoy making things and I love, love, love fabric!

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? My main sewing machine, a Juki TL98e, is in a quilting cabinet. Of course I now have a treadle (also in a cabinet), a Singer 301A in the card table and a Singer 128 in a case, and a Pfaff 7570 in a case..

    When did you conquer the sewing machine? Have I conquered it? I still have a lot to learn about all the decorative stitches on my Pfafff - since I mostly quilt.

    How did you ever learn to quilt? I taught myselft after watching Bethany Reynolds demonstrate the Stack and Whack technique on Simply Quilts. I am still learning about free motion quilting.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? A straight stitch machine

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? My mother taught me to sew when I was 10. She decided that we couldn't learn until then. Prior to that I would sometimes stand behind her machine and remove pins as she sewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Who taught you to sew?
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    What kept you going?
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?

    the answer to all the questions is I was so young when I learned to sew that I don't remember learning------as for the rest------------it was just a fact of life-----------sewing machine and all.
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    Who taught you to sew?
    My mother and myself. Mom wasn’t a very good teacher. She told me, “This is a 5/8” seam mark. Line your fabric up there. This is reverse. Don’t sew over your fingers.”

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    The bobbin got tangled a LOT and broke a lot of needles. I now wonder if it was slightly out of time or had a crack in the bobbin case. I think it was a Singer from the late 60’s. It was the mocha color and had zigzag and reverse.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    That was over forty years ago. I can’t remember but I think a different sewing machine.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Mom had bought this doll dress pattern. It was an 18” size and she wouldn’t sew it because it was so small. I made that pattern in every scrap I could find. My sisters had doll dresses in double knit, cotton, velveteen, and various polys from nightgowns and such I cut up. So, PRACTICE!

    What kept you going? Need and entertainment. I was a better seamstress than Mom because I took time for the details she did not. Also, it kept me busy.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? Mom’s was in a cabinet. My first was a cabinet model, Singer Stylist, my Mammaw gave me. I later bought a Kenmore in a case that worked MUCH better than anything I had ever used. Now I have several machines in cases, cabinets and tables.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine? That first sewing machine, within a year or so. Mom would holler, “Mary, come fix this thing, “ when it got jammed up. I had more patience. Her next machine had a lot more bells and whistles – a buttonhole maker! – I set down the first chance I got and tried everything.

    How did you ever learn to quilt? I started piecing by hand during the blizzard of ’78. We were out of school and without power for most of three weeks. When I got married I made what I called comforters as bedspreads. The pieces were huge and they were tied or just SID. I finally started quilting about 5 years ago out of boredom.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? ZigZag

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? I suppose an adult. I don’t know that I learned so much as I just started doing it so that I could continue to sew. I know people are going to flame me for it but it seems to me that piecing is such a basic skill that if you can sew you can piece. As for the quilting, I am not artistic enough to achieve beautiful feathers and the like. If you saw my handwriting you would understand. I get that over as quickly as possible and generally use boards - aka: Quilting for Dummies.
    Last edited by MaryLane; 10-30-2012 at 06:41 AM.

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    Who taught you to sew? Mom & Home Ec
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? Current one? Not much
    What would make it easier to learn to sew? Take a class first before you get bad habits
    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Bought a new one
    What kept you going? I had years of no sewing because I did such a poor job at making my kids clothes...but off and on did curtains, repairs and things...then about 5 years ago started quilting.
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? On top of cabinet
    When did you conquer the sewing machine? When they taught me stuff at the classes
    How did you ever learn to quilt? self taught after a couple classes
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? zig zag
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? adult

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Who taught you to sew?
    my aunt
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    Nothing, all my brothers have been awesome
    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    patient teachers
    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    Nothing, just learned more as I went, I always pick up things fast
    What kept you going?
    quilting, love it
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    case then, now cabinet for my big one case for my small
    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    when i was ABOUT 20
    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    AUNT TAUGHT ME AND CLASSES
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    zig zag
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?
    Learned a little while I was a child but mostly as an adult
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    Who taught you to sew?
    My Mom. I so admired her being so clever. Could not wait to become so clever too.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? The way it senses that I am stressed or in a hurry and then finds every trick in the book to make me humble.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew? A very patient teacher who keeps you curious and interested.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Spent hours upon hours till sewing was as natural as breathing.


    What kept you going? Curiosity, the lust for learning and the idea of more skills to build on.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? O
    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?

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    My mom taught me to sew when I started 4H on her Singer featherweight. My sewing machine is in a cabinet in the living room behond the couch the DH roosts on. I never thought about not sewing..never thought about not eating chocolate either. I have always made quilts. In the past 10 years it has changed from a necessity to a hobby.

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    Who taught you to sew?
    My Mom. I so admired her being so clever. Could not wait to become so clever too.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? The way it senses that I am stressed or in a hurry and then finds every trick in the book to make me humble.

    What would make it easier to learn to sew? A very patient teacher who keeps you curious and interested.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine? Spent hours upon hours till sewing was as natural as breathing.


    What kept you going? Curiosity, the lust for learning and the idea of more skills to build on.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? In an old desk of my dad's under a cover lovingly made by myself. These days on a folding steel table in my sewing room.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine? Around the age of 8 I got an old secondhand manual Singer from my
    parents. What fun the two of us had!

    How did you ever learn to quilt? It was another skill to conquer and I wanted to make some quilted soft furnishings - first for my dolls and then for myself.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew? Straight stitch. Zig-zag came later (around 10) when I was allowed to use Mom's electric machine.

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? In my own fashion as a child, but properly when I was 41.

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    These are so much fun to read. I am amazed at the number of people that learned at school or didn't learn until they were 10 or 12. It never occurred to me to wait that long. I was making doll dresses in the first grade. I think that is part of why I have difficulties reading patterns unless I read them out loud. That is what I did when I learned to sew!

    I have often thought if we learned by piecing quilts first it would be easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Who taught you to sew?
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    What would make it easier to learn to sew?
    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    What kept you going?
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?

    My mother taught me to use the machine, I taught me to sew.
    You couldn't sew a quarter inch seam with that old machine, even with the quarter inch foot.
    A different mother?
    I gave it back to my mother and bought a good machine.
    I am a creative person and have always had a creative outlet.
    The first machine was in a cabinet. My new machine is a portable and sits on a desk.
    I never actually had to conquer a machine since I learned to work with a machine, not against it. When the machine wouldn't do what I wanted it to do I got rid of it and bought one that would do what I wanted. No point in fighting with it when there was a proper tool for what I wanted.
    I saw a quilt pattern in a magazine and that's all I need to learn quilt.
    That first machine was a zigzag machine.
    I started my first quilt when I was 21 so I guess that counts as adult.
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    Who taught you to sew?
    My mom would let us (my sis and I) sew the long "boring" seams as a kid. I made my first skirt at 13.
    Then, Home ec in 9th grade, and majored in Home Ec Ed in college--ended up teaching first and second semester sewing while getting a master's degree in education.

    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine?
    Can't remember...assuming you mean when I first learned...usually it has to do with the threading.

    What would make it easy (ier) to learn to sew?
    Easy patterns, and success on first attempts. I never found sewing difficult.

    What did you do to conquer the sewing machine?
    Not sure I understand the question. My mom had simple Singers and there wasn't much to conquer.

    What kept you going?
    The desire/ need to make clothes.

    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet?
    Mom's sewing machine was always in a cabinet.

    When did you conquer the sewing machine?
    ?? I've never been afraid of the machine --not since I started sewing at 11 or so.

    How did you ever learn to quilt?
    By reading and practicing...am still learning.

    Did you use a straight stitch or zig zag sewing machine to learn to sew?
    Mom's machine was a zig zag machine.

    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt?
    It was just a few years ago--so adult.

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    Who taught you to sew? Observed my mom when younger, took a short class in 8th grade, from there was self-taught/read the book.
    What frustrated you the most about your sewing machine? My first SM was a cheap Kenmore whose feed dogs tracked like a junk yard dog, not exactly straight!
    What kept you going? Loved designing and doing it. Made baby clothes for my second DD.
    Where did you keep your sewing machine? Case or Cabinet? Can't remember!
    When did you conquer the sewing machine? When I was 12.
    How did you ever learn to quilt? I took a class designed by Mary Ellen Hopkins that "set me free"!!!! Made 3 quilts in 6 weeks with that class.
    Were you a child or an adult when you learned to quilt? I learned to quilt when I was 36. Now 67.

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