I began sewing at about the age of 5. I was given a little sewing basket by my paternal grandmother and I used the needles, thread, and fabric scraps to make clothes for some of my smaller dolls.
At about age 10, I graduated to Mom's Singer sewing machine -- one of the old black cast iron models, but not a treadle. Eventually, I started making clothes, first for myself, then for my younger sister as well.
Like most girls of my generation, I took some home economics in school. My sewing skills improved there and I made some more clothes.
Sewing has always been a part of my life but I've never been what I would call an avid sewist. I'm changing that.