I learned to sew when very young, about 6 and continued sewing until 8th grade when school overwhelmed any creative activities I might have. This was a long time ago. I really didnt sew again until 1996 when I created a Christmas present. However, I did not have a sewing machine and did all the work by hand. It took months.
In 2000, I was given a relative's sewing machine, an old singer. My parents transported it to their house and I never saw it again. I have no idea what happened to it but I think I saw it at a local thrift store. After the machine was transported to my parents' house, I would regularily ask to have it brought to my house. I needed help with this since the machine was in a cabinet and I have a small tic tac of a car. Every time I would inquire about the machine, a reason was given why I should'nt bother with it. I already had my suspicions that my parents had gotten rid of the machine, but I have no proof even now as to what occurred. I do have an eye witness who would testify that the machine was brought to the parents' house but that was the last time the machine has ever been seen.
Fast forward a number of years to when my mother suddenly announced that she was buying me a sewing machine for Christmas. I asked for the machine which was promised to me. My request was blown off and a new machine was purchased. Its a Janome with a "metal head" which I love since I am a metal head. Must play Metallica while sewing. Once I received the machine, I had no idea what to do with it.
That is until I discovered that I can get vintage patterns on Ebay. Well, I went nuts, buying up all sorts of patterns from the 30's through the 50's. I love 50"s clothing and have a collection of vintage dresses from this period. Once I bought the patterns, what next?? I have to find fabric which resulted into my forays into the depths of the fabric district of Los Angeles. What a trip. I had no idea this area existed even though born and raised here. There is about 5 to 6 streets with wall to wall fabric stores. Almost all the stores have bolts of fabric, some up to the ceiling. You have to bargain and you will rarely see the same thing twice.
So, I have fabric, patterns, and the will to create.