I am a native of Washington, DC, who now lives and writes in South Florida. I discovered the love of sewing at a very early age and received my first sewing machine at the age of eight.
I have no recollection of life without a sewing machine. My paternal grandmother was a professional seamstress, as were two of her sisters.
Their specialty was custom-made draperies and slipcovers, and the huge machines they worked on were constantly running. The whir of three industrial sewing machines in my grandmother’s huge dining room were a constant background sound throughout my childhood.
In addition, my mother’s sister was a whiz at making clothes for herself and her daughter, and my godmother’s sister was a retired home economics teacher who was constantly making something fascinating. Watching the two of them sew clothes and gift items was a definite inspiration for me to do the same.
My first sewing machine, a little green crank model that had to be clamped down to the table, came into my life when I was eight years old. At first, I simply played around, making short straight seams. Eventually, I made skirts and vests for my dolls.
When I was 10, my aunt taught me how to make my first gathered skirt with a waistband. I wore that skirt proudly. By the time I was 13, a dress that I made without a pattern won an award at a YWCA craft exhibition.
As time progressed, I continued to sew, making more and more of my clothes through high school and college years. As I grew, I also developed a love of reading and writing. After a career centered on writing for others, I eventually began writing for myself.
Semi-retirement is busier than raising my son or working in a career has ever been. In addition to sewing and writing, I am also a Licensed Unity Teacher.
Sewing Insight enables me to combine my love of all things sewing with my passion for writing. When linked with and my work as an LUT at Unity of Ft. Lauderdale, my spirit is being fed in ways that simply cannot be put into words.
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