One of the things TheNiece and I did together while she was in town was to take an "Intro to Sewing" class at A Verb For Keeping Warm.
I have used a sewing machine before, but it's been a good 12 to 15 years since I last touched one, and it was just for some very simple hemming. My very first sewing machine came to me on my 13th birthday, and I recall making patterns and sewing clothes for a baby doll....but by the time my late 20's had rolled around, and I had lost that adventurous spirit and could barely sew a straight line.
TheNiece hadn't used a machine before at all, but she is indeed very crafty, and there is a cousin that she visits regularly who sews, and she has been looking on with much curiosity.
We sewed little drawstring bags, and I learned quite a bit about things I never knew (having been selft taught). Little things like, ohhhh....grain lines, and tips and tricks to keep the machine running smoothly.
Well, I've been bitten by the sewing bug.
I pulled out the machine that I had in deep storage in the garage, fiddle with its creaky parts and got it up and running. I'm going to do a few more of the project bags, some like what we made in a class, and few other types I am finding tutorials for online. And next up after that, some linen napkins. Then (*gulp*) I'm going to try making a few skirts.
I might look like I'm wearing napkins. LOLOL
But we'll see.
I'll keep you posted.