When I was about eight years old, my mother gave me some fabric scraps and ONE needle to make doll clothes. She showed me how to make my own pattern. My mother was a seamstress - not by trade, but by necessity. She sewed all our clothes and taught each of her three daughters to sew. I remember the unique costumes she sewed for each of us for a Halloween party. She made cushion covers, curtains and anything else that we needed. She wasn't afraid to take on any project.
I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree. When I moved out on my own in 1968, I didn't have a sewing machine, so I sewed my dresses for work by hand. Those dresses lasted years.
I purchased my first sewing machine in 1971 to make baby clothes for my first son. It was a 1968 Singer zig-zag model 237 Fashion Mate, and I still have it. I used it until I purchased a newer Singer machine from Walmart around 2007. There is no comparison in quality.
The Sew & Sew
Linda L. Rigsbee
I made most of my clothes and many for our children. I usually made my own patterns, so sometimes things didn't work out - like the first coat I made for my son. But the matching father-son vests and shirts turned out well several years later.
I made costumes and even reupholstered a recliner. I designed and sewed washable wallets; padded fabric book covers and note pads.
In 2020, when the pandemic hit the United states, I sewed masks. Watch for my book "Mask Makers of the 2020 Pandemic." At 70, I was still active and felt a civic obligation because I could sew and I had the equipment to make masks.