As far as getting started with sewing goes, I got pretty lucky. I grew up with the luxury of a stay at home mom, who also happened to be a former home economics teacher. As a child she would make my brothers and I Halloween costumes, frilly dresses (for me, not the brothers) that I loved, as well as the household curtains and furniture upholstery. As I got older I started taking more and more interest and learned how to use her sewing machine (under her watchful eye). Finally in eighth grade I decided I would like to have my own sewing machine, and for Christmas this lovely item was found under the tree much to my delight.