From: Boston, MA
I have enjoyed reading this thread and “meeting” so many contributors to this forum! In that spirit, I am emerging from “behind the scenes”.
Growing up, my mother made many of my clothes and thus my interest in sewing and making doll clothes began. One Christmas “Santa” brought me Singer chain stitch sewing machine (which are now collectors’ items- don’t know what became of mine…) I was thrilled! When I was in 5th and 6th grade, girls took “sewing” and made a skirt and a top, and the following year an apron to wear when we took “cooking” at the Jr. High. I entered private school in seventh grade, so never had Home Ec, but continued to sew with my Mom’s help.
In college, majoring in Home Economics, I needed a sewing machine that could do more than just a straight stitch, so my Mom and I invested $350 in a TOL Viking 6030 machine which I still have, although it is not working. (A sewing machine tech recommended that I use it as a boat anchor!) I put many miles on that machine until I “happened” to get a good discount on a Pfaff 1475CD machine while teaching sewing at a local fabric store. Then, as we know, one thing leads to another…
My Dh liked “toys” and computers as much as I do, so for a gift one time, I bought Prodigy which was an early internet service program. He never used it, but I did, and found a message board all about Pfaff and people were sharing the designs that they were plotting on the design creator that went with my machine. So, of course I had to try that! It was tedious, the results were cute, but somehow something was missing… I am a long-time subscriber to many sewing magazines and Machine Embroidery was creeping into these magazines with increasing frequency and even spawning magazines devoted to ME exclusively!!! I had learned free-motion machine embroidery years ago, but this involved the computer too! I did a “walk-by” at the Pfaff machine dealership to see the 2170 in action came home and mentioned it to Dh. His next words were “why don’t you get it.” So, on Oct. 30, 2005 I made the purchase, and on or about that time I began reading this Forum!
Like others have said, I have learned so much from so many talented and giving members that post to these boards. Teaching full-time has cut into my “sewing/embroidery” time so I never felt that I had anything “new” to add here. I was doing a lot of “catching-up” or “try-this-for-fun”.
For me, there have been some changes over the last few years. I taught Home Ec in a very large school system in a department that was seen as one of the best programs/models in our state. It was so much fun to go to school each day! The kids were great, my colleagues were the best. Life was good! But with changing curriculum demands and State-Mandated testing, the school department eliminated several programs and cut others. I was transferred to a different school and grade level, and saw the handwriting on the wall, that Home Ec would probably phased-out. The State changed teacher certification classifications and I could seek an additional area of licensure in Health Education. I was 6 years away from retirement with full benefits and although I had seniority over others in my department, if the entire department were cut I would be at a major loss. I convinced another colleague to “go for the Health Certification” and we both got saved when 2 years later they cut the program, entirely.
Just before Christmas in 2006, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3A lung cancer. He had not smoked in more than 30 years, but did have a history of bronchitis & asthma. The Dr. sent him for a cat scan-just routine- before Thanksgiving and something showed up. This was not seen in x-rays taken the previous Feb. We fought that battle for 20 months. I lost him in July of 2008.
I retired from teaching in June 2010 and am loving every minute!! My car has spent most of this week at the “spa” so have been driving Dd to the train & picking her up, so I have her car to use. If I were working I’d have to use a rental to get to school…
I enjoy all types of sewing. These days I don’t need working wardrobe but Dd does!!!
Recently I have purchased a Babylock Enlighten to replace my Elna5 serger, and a Babylock coverstitch machine. I did mention that I like “toys”!
Thank you for starting this thread; it’s what encouraged me to write today. I hope others will accept this invitation and we can keep this ttt!