I have sewn from the time I was a young teenager. Learned on Grandma's treadle that had been converted with a motor but then used a regular treadle machine in Junior High School. When I was still in JHS, my mother purchased a machine in a cabinet with the knee control at some point. I loved that machine, but can't remember the manufacturer. After Ii had graduated from the University of Alberta as an Occupational Therapist and been employed for about a month, I bought a Singer on time that was portable, but had the most wonderful cabinet. Looks like a piece of furniture and we still have the cabinet, but not the machine. I gave the machine to my daughter (not a sewer) and she threw it out when she was cleaning out her basement. I sewed on that machine until 1989 when I purchased another Singer. That original machine made most of the clothes for my two daughters, myself and occasionally for my DH plus curtains and drapes, etc. for all our homes. The feed dogs on the new Singer didn't drop down so, in 2004, because I was developing a new interest in quilting, my DH gave me a Janome as a Christmas gift. I haunted Ebay this past spring and found a 1951 Featherweight that was originally sold in Canada and am using it for piecing. And, in April of this year (2012), I adopted my new baby-the Janome Horizon 7700-a machine I just love. I expect it will be my last machine.
I no longer sew clothing or even much in the way of home decor. I was planning on having grand daughters to continue to sew for but our daughters have both opted not to have children. I quilt and am at the machine as often as possible. My DH recently told me that he was becoming jealous of Ruby (my new baby) as she sees more of me than he does. lol
I'm a great piecer and am learning to FMQ. Have just finished my first lap quilt with FMQ and am finally pleased with my work. I am no artist, so have decided not to thread paint or art quilt. I love other peoples work and would dearly love to do it, but being a perfectionist just gets in the way of ever liking the finished result. and some times even finishing the project
We were a military family, moved often. We lived in Halifax, the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Dartmouth, Troon Scotland, Bedford, NS, Ottawa, and Calgary before moving to Vancouver Island in 2004. We love living in the smaller community without the hustle bustle of the big city. It's a little far away from our daughters.