Friday I turned 50, and today I started a blog. Oh, my! Do people dedicate blogs? Well, I would like to dedicate this blog to my mother who sewed all of my school clothes, finished my sewing projects when I lost interest in them (that is, made a mistake that required extensive undoing), gave me three sewing machines (one was a toy -- but it really sewed!), and got me started on needlepoint and embroidery. She would be so happy to know that I share her love of fabric and needlework, and whenever I finish a project, I feel her pleasure.
Here is a picture of my first sewing machine. I so loved using it, and it really sews! It had a little clamp to hold it still on a table. The wheel on the right makes the needle go up and down. The presser foot also goes up and down, and it has feed dogs to move the fabric along!