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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.07 PMby brunettetruth

    I started teaching myself how to sew about two years ago, when I was 24, first using an old machine and then using a new one I received as a gift. I have mainly sewed in my bedroom or in my dining room, lacking proper sewing space. I’ll have some one day, though!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.06 PMby erdronen

    My mother taught me! She used to sew for us often (holiday outfits mostly). She tried teaching me when I was young, and I did a little here and there, but didn’t really pick it up until after I got married.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.05 PMby sewhappy-1

    high school home ec class!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.05 PMby sewlovely-1

    I learned to sew at my mother’s feet. I remember making doll clothes by hand out of scraps.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.03 PMby lakaribane

    Possibly by osmosis, LOL! I’m the fourth generation in my maternal line to have the sewing bug and my great-grandmother was self-taught! My grandmother used to knock-off designer styles for her five daughter. My mother does sew a bit but my aunt is the one who learned in school. Her daughter did design school. I just figure things out from intuition and now the internet and books since all these ladies don’t live in the same country as I do (well, the ones that are still alive, of course!). My paternal Aunt was a Burda faithfull too! So here I am…

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.03 PMby whitestrunningshoes

    I am still learning – in my bedroom (where the sewing machine is) while the baby naps.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.03 PMby terryvc

    I had two of the most amazing grandmothers who taught me to sew totally different types of projects. From one I learned the basics and how to sew very practical things like pajamas and placemats. From the other I learned how to choose luxurious fabrics such as silk and fine wools to create a one of a kind Vogue pattern dress, skirt or jacket. Being voted “Best Dressed” in high school was due to most of my clothes being made by me! Years later I’m still learning to sew in classes and the internet.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.01 PMby gulenka

    That is excellent question. I learned to sew as a very young child from my mother. I was in fourth grade and we had to make something visual to go along with a book report, so I sewed a mouse out of felt based on my own design and received an A for my work. I would sew clothes for my dolls and had dreams of becoming a fashion designer (which my father squashed). I love to sew and challenge myself with sewing things that no one has done before.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.01 PMby Shira B

    My grandma taught me how to use the sewing machine and I learned everything else from the Internet :) Now I’m going to a sewing class (I’m not sure if thats how its called) :D

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    Dec 30, 2010, 03.00 PMby bonniej

    My mom, of course! My first project was a little apron. I was very proud of that apron. I wish I could see it today to see how well I did. Hmm. Maybe I should just remember it as perfect.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.57 PMby LéonaDy

    My interest for sewing came on really gradually. My mum bought me fabric when I was younger and I made bags with them (using glue to bind everything together, no sewing). Later on (13 years old) I decided to try and make a skirt but never finished it. A few years later I decided to try again and made a 1950 girl halloween costume and made my costumes every year after that. I only recently stated sewing real clothes for everyday life, starting with an apron and a skirt. My attempts at sleeves are.. bad. I will persevere this time. I must owe this interest to the fact that my mum sewed when she was young and my aunt was a textile artist too (I don’t think I would have taken interest on my own).

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.56 PMby indiami

    My mom showed me how do sew a basic tunic and pant. After that I became obsessed and picked up whatever book I could find about sewing techniques and fabrics.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.55 PMby monstery

    Throughout my life I’ve been slowly learning to stitch by hand,my mom would allow me to use the scraps from what ever she was working on at the time. Now,since I am showing more interest she’s teaching me how to use the machine and serger:]

    Thanks,and happy holidays!:]

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.53 PMby kallers

    Like many women, I originally learned to sew as a child from my mother and grandmother. I started sewing again 4 years ago after my husband bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.51 PMby kallie

    From my mom

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.51 PMby shellidawn

    FIT, NYC !!!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.50 PMby ujosiili

    I used the sewing machine for the first time at school. I think I was around nine or ten. I think I got some idea of clothes sewing when I was ~13-14 and made my first pair of trousers – at school. I think I sewed few trousers or summer dresses after that, but when I was ~20 I bought my own sewing machine, started to make my own dresses for different student parties and really got into the idea of making the clothes I like :)

    So I kind of feel like I really learned to sew by myselft with the help of some sewing magazines. But the Finnish school system really deserves the credits for the basic skills.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.49 PMby PriBing

    My Mom showed me how to sew a button when in was in grade school. After that, I taught myself

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.48 PMby mayell

    My mother started teaching me to sew when I was 7 or 8. I also took home ec in high school and have taken a few courses as an adult.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.46 PMby marta-fabiani

    From my Mum.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.46 PMby itisoktosew

    My aunt showed some basics years ago, since my mother doesn’t sew. Later, a 4-H leader was eager to show our club more things, but I’m just recently trying it again for clothing. This website has really opened my eyes to the possibilities.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.46 PMby ravenztarot

    My mom could look at something and sew it, My kid can too, but the sewing genes skipped me and I have to really work hard at it. When my girl decided to start sewing about 6 yrs ago. I thought this is something we can do together and learn but wrong that is a whole other story. My mother in law is my sewing buddy we take quilting class together and I am learning to sew from her. I started late in life but I LOVE it. I wish I had listened when my mom tried to teach me when I was younger and she was alive.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.44 PMby csiu

    Oh, interesting question! I owe something to my Family Studies course from grade 8, but mostly my mother re-taught me to operate her machine later on. The internet is also a vast and wonderful resource — like Burdastyle, for instance!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.44 PMby stephanieb

    My stepmother and grandmother both loved to sew, so of course I wanted madly to do what they could do. My stepmother started me out with the basic stitches and sewing machine functions. My grandmother taught me about reading a pattern, pattern layout and fabric, and construction of the garment.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.41 PMby dol

    I’ts difficult to tell, because I sewed by hand very early…I learned how to embroider at 5-6 years old. We also had some creative courses the friday afternoon at school. I had a machine but only learned how to use a sewing machine and a serger about 4 years ago with a friend. I had to make a costume. I took sewing courses ever since!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.40 PMby victors

    My gran taught me as a child. first crewel and embroidery, then sewing when I could reach the pedal!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.40 PMby Natasha Venzke

    My mom showed me how to use the sewing machine, but I learnt most of what I do now from Emma Brennan’s book, Making Vintage Handbags.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.38 PMby jsanga

    Teaching myself :P bought books searched the web etc.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.36 PMby kristenh519

    I started sewing about a year ago and essentially figured out things as I went along, but my stepmom did teach me some basics when I was about 10 on her vintage Singer machine.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 02.34 PMby Linda Prihoda

    I learned to sew through home economics classes in Junior High school. Although my mom sewed, I don’t recall her teaching me to use the machine.

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