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Cecilia's Daughter
I inherited the family sewing gene. My mother worked as a dressmaker for a few years, before I was born. My aunt worked in a dress shop for 40 years. Both my grandmothers sewed their childrens' clothes.

I grew up hearing the machine in the dining area. My mom taught me to sew when I was around 10 or 11? She had an old treadle machine then, before she got the Sears Kenmore.

I never took home economics in school because they made you baste. I hated to baste. That was what pins were for! In high school, I sewed all my own clothes. I WAS the costume department for my high school plays. My costumes received an award one year at the one-act play competiton.

When I went away to college, my parents bought me a portable Sears Kenmore sewing…

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  • Joined February 28, 2011

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repurposed vintage denim, calicos for quilts, Michigan made yarn

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Cecilia's Daughter
I inherited the family sewing gene. My mother worked as a dressmaker for a few years, before I was born. My aunt worked in a dress shop for 40 years. Both my grandmothers sewed their childrens' clothes.

I grew up hearing the machine in the dining area. My mom taught me to sew when I was around 10 or 11? She had an old treadle machine then, before she got the Sears Kenmore.

I never took home economics in school because they made you baste. I hated to baste. That was what pins were for! In high school, I sewed all my own clothes. I WAS the costume department for my high school plays. My costumes received an award one year at the one-act play competiton.

When I went away to college, my parents bought me a portable Sears Kenmore sewing machine. I sewed some of my clothes in those years, and even taught one of my roommates to sew! We were both working at a fabric store, and she wanted to learn.

That machine came with me from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Alexandria, Virginia; Fairmont, West Virginia, and now full-circle back to my native Michigan. It sits on top of my mother's sewing machine cabinet, with her old Kenmore swung down inside. I inherited it when she died five years ago. I always think of her when I sew. I always remember her sewing: clothes, toys, curtains, doll clothes. It must be where the sewing gene came from.

I don't sew my own clothes anymore. My speciality is sewing baby quilts for friends and relatives who are about to have a baby. I like to think of it as channeling the spirit of all the women relatives before me, who sewed for their loved ones.

I have three sewing machines, which does sound a little excessive. I have Mom's old Kenmore, in the lovely wood cabinet Then my Kenmore sits on top, so I can use the hinged foldout surface And I bought an old Singer 1923 "Red Eye" treadle for $40 from a junk shop, because it looks so cool and I needed the working surface of the cabinet. This was before I inherited Mom's.

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