I can’t remember how old I was when I first used a sewing machine, but I remember making things for my (oh so lucky) mum when I was around 7 or 8 years old, and I still use the patchwork sewing bag my little brother made me at around the same age.
We had an old hand operated Singer, which we were allowed to use unsupervised, and which made excellent perforations on sheets of homemade postage stamps.
When we were young a lot of our clothes were home-made; Mum had a modern electric Singer (which she was allowed to use unsupervised) and would often whip up an outfit, a stuffed toy or a costume for a school play.
When I hit my teens I started to sew for myself and made much of my wardrobe by the time I was 16 or 17.
I then forgot about sewing through university, first job, second job, third job… until 20 odd years later I decided to get some fabric and get going again.
Sadly as a) I am not a teen anymore and b) it is not the 1980s, I can no longer get away with sewing rectangles together and belting where necessary; I now need to use patterns and darts and all of those things which make you look as if you’re wearing clothes, rather than bags with holes in (I did occasionally use a pattern when I was young, but was more likely to wing it in an attempt to re-create a friend’s wardrobe triumph). I am re-learning stuff I once knew and learning much more I never did.
But you’re here to learn about me… that is what the page is called… not just about my sewing history.
My name is Rachel
I was born in the 60s (with only about 7 months to go before the 70s, to be fair)
I live with my other half, Jon (JB) and we have a 50/50 timeshare on my wicked stepdaughter, Tash
We also have 2 cats – Poppy and Tigga
I was born in North Yorkshire
I now live in West Yorkshire
I like Yorkshire (but I have left occasionally)
I edit videos for money.