My Mom & Grandmas were wonderful seamstresses. Almost 100% of our clothing was sewn by them. I started making a lot of my own clothing in college during my summer vacations with the money I earned at my summer job, checking groceries.
As the years went by I sewed fewer & fewer garments for myself. I started getting crafty in 1980 sewing dolls, pillows, hoop pictures, & all sorts of other items. I started selling my creations at craft shows and continued doing so for many years. I even operated a craft shop in the mid '80s. In the late '80s I was selling crafts in 6 different craft malls. Wow, it was a lot of work and not much money. If hard work made you a millionaire I should be one! LOL I started teaching school again in 1987, I just couldn't keep up the pace, and got really burned out with crafting on the retail level.
After I no longer had craft booths to stock I did a lot of applique work on towels & sweatshirts for gift giving & for friends who requested items. I also did tons of monogramming.
Here is my Bernina sewing machine that I have had for 25 years. The only thing I've used it for the past several years is sewing on missing buttons & repairing ripped seams.
Yesterday, Bobby helped me get my large sewing table out of the attic & reattach the legs. I've got to buy a sewing lamp & get all my supplies ready. I'm not sure what my first project will be. I think I'll go look at some pattern books & fabric for inspiration. I know for sure that I want to make some baby things for little Ethan's room before his arrival in a few months.