If you know how to sew... When did you first learn?

United States
January 13, 2021 10:20am CST
I am sure a lot of people will say they were in their teens or earlier when they first learned to sew. I was never taught. I suppose it's partially that I gave no inclination that I wanted to learn and partially that my family didn't feel the need to teach me. We had home economics in school but I had a friend complete my required pillow for me. The teacher knew and didn't care. It was an elective course and definitely not a reason to hold a student back. Anyway, I was never taught but I find myself wanting to learn now. I've been looking at sewing machines. I know a lot of you will say "YOU NEED TO LEARN BY HAND FIRST" but.. Yeah, no.. Sewing machines. I know singer and brother are both good brands. I'll be doing a lot of thinking, youtube tutorial watching and the such before I completely decide though. So when did you first learn to sew?
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@JimBo452020 (31528)
• Montrose, Scotland
13 Jan
I can see ok. Learned in the army. A skill I have never really used since. Yvonne however is a seamstress. She is very skilled.
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• United States
13 Jan
Makes a living of it, does she?
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@JimBo452020 (31528)
• Montrose, Scotland
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum She used to, a very good living lol. She was much in demand. Doesn't do much now. The odd dress etc for certain people who don't mind paying well.
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• United States
13 Jan
@JimBo452020 Well heck, that's the way to do it I think. Become obscure but sought after... Really bring in the bucks.
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@CarolDM (108534)
• United States
13 Jan
About the only time I did any sewing was in high school in Home Economics. I made a skirt. But I watched my Mom and Grandmother sew all the time. The made quilts. I was amazed.
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• United States
13 Jan
My mother and aunt also made quilts. I have a quilt that belonged to my brother and uncle (they were only four years apart in age) that I simply can't part with even though it is old and I am afraid to wash it.
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@CarolDM (108534)
• United States
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I have some too, they are treasured. I have a few that hang on a quilt stand.
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• United States
13 Jan
@CarolDM I would like to purchase another quilt stand for myself so I could display some of the ones I've either bought (hand made) or that were handed down from the family handmade.
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@marguicha (165741)
• Chile
13 Jan
I learned when I got married.
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• United States
13 Jan
It's a useful skill to have when starting a family.
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@marguicha (165741)
• Chile
14 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum It was. Back then made dresses were expensive or ugly.
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@RebeccasFarm (19568)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Jan
I learned from my Mama when I was around 10 or so and Granny too
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• United States
13 Jan
Precious memories. My granny knew how to sew and darn but she didn't teach the grandkids.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
13 Jan
I was little. Like before I was in school. Grandma taught me about the same time she taught me how to read and write. And I knew both of those things going into kindergarten. So yeah like 26 years ago. MIL gave me a sewing machine a few months ago and it's still sitting in the box in the living room I just don't have time.
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• United States
13 Jan
Wow, yeah.. My mom didn't even teach me to crochet when I was younger and she was forever on the couch making something to sell at flea market. Of course, I was the tom boy girl out playing in the dirt and climbing trees I wasn't supposed to climb. Well at least it is there for when you want or need to use it.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I don't think my mom taught me anything lol
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I don't speak to either one of my parents if I can help it
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@LowRiderX (22126)
• Serbia
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum Since I finished school (only for leather and not for material) I know how to sew.. sewing is a little different, because the material is stiffer and the machines are much stronger, but I remember the professors telling us, when you master the leather, the material will be easy to sew
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• United States
13 Jan
I have seen a few clips of people sewing on leather and I think it would be a slow processs. Did you enjoy it?
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@LowRiderX (22126)
• Serbia
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I really am because I loved that school, that's why I enrolled in it ... I didn't go there because, for example, it's the closest or because it's the easiest
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• United States
13 Jan
@LowRiderX Oh I see. Was it expensive to get into the school?
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@Tina30219 (61563)
• Onaway, Michigan
13 Jan
I never did learn did not even pass home economics in school. I hope you find a good deal on a sewing machine when you do get one.
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• United States
13 Jan
I saw one at walmart for $80. There are others for less money but I want one that is rated beginner friendly but also something I can grow with. I'm pretty sure I passed Home Ec, but it was by a tiny fraction. I hated that class and not because I didn't want to learn, it's just most of it was book work!
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@Tina30219 (61563)
• Onaway, Michigan
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I am sure you will find one just keep looking.
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• United States
13 Jan
@Tina30219 Oh I plan to. I checked ebay out but the one on walmart.com is cheaper than what ebay wanted. I suppose I could check goodwill's out too or even facebook marketplace.
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@thelme55 (60303)
• Germany
13 Jan
I think I have learned sewing by the age of 7. My father was a tailor and we had a tailoring shop when I was still small. While my father sewed clothes for men, my mother was doing the holes of the buttons and putting buttons on the clothes. My father used to sew my dress and my siblings' clothes with our Singer sewing machine, the old sewing machine where you have to move the foot of the machine to keep the needle going. I still have this sewing machine as an inheritance from my beloved parents. When I was in high school, I sewed clothes for dolls and sometimes sewed my high school uniform skirts which had to be pleated.
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• United States
13 Jan
Oh wow that is quite a young age, but it's understandable since the family business was sewing. It's very sweet that your father was the one to sew your clothing. Singer has been a major brand for so very long, hasn't it? I never had to wear a uniform to school and I am very glad. I would not have liked wearing a skirt every day.
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@thelme55 (60303)
• Germany
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes, I was very young indeed. Singer is a good brand of the sewing machine. A few years ago, I still used our Singer sewing machine in sewing window curtains in my home in the Philippines. I think wearing a uniform in school days helped us poor people as we didn´t have a lot of dress to wear at that time.
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• United States
13 Jan
@thelme55 I think that you're right about uniforms being good for those who couldn't afford clothes. The UK still wears uniforms in their schools and from what I've seen in videos, the uniforms can be expensive. Now it seems uniforms are worn by private school students and are used to keep distraction down.
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@arunima25 (51312)
• Bangalore, India
13 Jan
I watched my mom and grandma doing it. But never learnt it. I had no inclination to do so. I have just picked up some mending work without using machine and that's good enough to survive.
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• United States
13 Jan
Oh I see. The only person I know who can machine sew is my uncle's ex wife. I am not sure that anyone else in my family learned that way. it is not a skill taught very often anymore.
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@May2k8 (12362)
• Indonesia
13 Jan
What I remember when I was in elementary school, I learned to sew at school by hand.
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• United States
13 Jan
Oh wow so you were taught by the school? This wasn't a skill taught by the time we were in school. Even in home economics I remember that we were supposed to already know how to sew.
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@sol_cee (25234)
• Philippines
13 Jan
It was part of our subject before. Our sewing class was a terror and we learned stitches and all in no man’s time lolll
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• United States
13 Jan
Oh no! I'm sorry the class so so strict.
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@sol_cee (25234)
• Philippines
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum maybe because students tend to not take that class seriously
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• United States
13 Jan
@sol_cee Oh, yes it's the same here. I remember even I didn't take the class as seriously as I should. The teacher was somewhat strict, but she also allowed me to get away with not sewing my own pillow so perhaps my memory of her is skewed.
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@popciclecold (14985)
• United States
13 Jan
I was in high school, we had to make a skirt pleated. I had no desire to do anything else, when it came to sewing.
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• United States
13 Jan
We made a pillow case for ours. If I remember correctly (It's been many year since I was in school and even more since I've been in middle school) that my mom told me her home economics class also sewed a pillow.
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• United States
14 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum I was glad when that class ended.
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@much2say (46387)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jan
I am certain my mom showed me the bare basics of hand sewing - and I probably observed the rest. As a kid I used to hand sew things for my stuffed animals. In 7th grade we had home ec at school, and half a semester was in sewing class. My mom had a sewing machine but I didn't actually learn how to use one til that class.
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• United States
13 Jan
I really wish I had shown more initiative to learn, but then I probably wouldn't be so interested in sewing today if I had. Do you remember what you had to sew in the Home Ec class? I remember we had maybe a quarter of sewing but it was more book work than learning anything.
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@LadyDuck (317810)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
Officially, in school when I was 6 years old, but I had already started to sew dolls clothing, mom was a seamstress before getting married, I learnt a lot from her. Singer is surely a good sewing machine.
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• United States
14 Jan
The Singer brand and Brother brand are supposed to be the best out there so whatever I decide, it will be one of those two that I'll pick from. Such a young age to learn to sew. I do not know if schools even have home economics classes any longer. Perhaps for advanced placement classes.
@LadyDuck (317810)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum We have other very good brands here like Pfaff, Berina and Elna but you surely do not import them from Europe. Bernina is Swiss and in my opinion the BEST, but it is too expensive, the price starts well over $1,500.
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• United States
14 Jan
@LadyDuck The only brand that sounds somewhat familiar is Pfaff but that's because there is a glass company here in my city that makes glass for windows and other things. Oh wow, $1,500 is quite a lot. Surely only a seamstress or professional would pay that much.
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@AkoPinay (11056)
• Philippines
14 Jan
I learned to sew at age 5 I believe. Just observing my mom. She didn't teach me nor allow me to at that time. But like a rat... I play when she's out.
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• United States
14 Jan
Oh wow! Such a young age and your mind was already interested in learning to sew. That's great.
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@AkoPinay (11056)
• Philippines
9h
@ScribbledAdNauseum And I also learned how to use saw and hammer just observing my dad doing carpentry.
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• United States
3h
@AkoPinay My father was also a carpenter but I never learned. I took a wood shop class in high school and the teacher gave me a passing grade even though I did not participate in the construction of the shed we were working on.
@Matamu (335)
13 Jan
I have been sewing since I was in elementary school, around the age of 10.
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• United States
13 Jan
Oh wow, that is quite a long time now. I want to learn how to sew so badly. There are many things I'd like to make.
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@Matamu (335)
13 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum Learning through YouTube is very good
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• United States
13 Jan
@Matamu I am watching a video now. I like to know as much as I can about a craft before I try it for the first time.
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@moffittjc (92147)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jan
I learned to sew from my grandmother when I was a child, I don't remember exactly when, but I must have been somewhere around 8-10 years old. Learned to hand sew and sew on a machine.
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• United States
14 Jan
You think with all the needlecrafters in my family I'd have learned at some point, but nope. I know my mom could quilt so surely she was good at sewing too. Oh well, I'll learn now.
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@moffittjc (92147)
• Gainesville, Florida
20h
@ScribbledAdNauseum I was eager to learn. I thought sewing was fun.
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@LindaOHio (54843)
• United States
14 Jan
I was working. My mother would sew patterns for me; and I decided I wanted to do it myself. I managed to cut out a pattern and sew a PLAID skirt for my first project. I matched the plaid and everything. I was quite proud of myself.
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• United States
14 Jan
As well you should have been. Sewing doesn't seem very easy when having to use a pattern. I am still weighing the pros and cons of buying a sewing machine and teaching myself some of the basics.
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@LindaOHio (54843)
• United States
14 Jan
@ScribbledAdNauseum A pattern makes it easier! Learning how to use the machine is probably the hardest part! lol
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• United States
14 Jan
@LindaOHio I'm sure you're right. I watched a tutorial yesterday on how to make pouches which would be one of my main reasons for learning to sew on a machine.
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@prinzcy (12858)
• Malaysia
14 Jan
It's a skill I can't master up to this day
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• United States
14 Jan
It seems like it will take a lot of time and patience. I'm not always very patient.
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