Hi, my name is Sylvia and I’ve been sewing for almost three years. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to learn to sew. But no one in my family sewed and I didn’t know anyone that could help me learn.

When I was in high school, I tried to learn by making costumes for the drama club I was in. It was an epic fail. Fast forward a few months after the birth of my third child. I was going through a lot of depression and feeling like I was losing myself.

My husband and mom encouraged me to do something for me. I saw that Joann’s had a Beginner’s Sewing Class coming up, so I enrolled. The day of the class, I was super nervous but excited and also a little anxious.

The teacher was so nice and patient with everyone. She went around and asked why we wanted to sew and every one stated why. I said I wanted to just make stuff. From there, she showed us step-by-step how to wind our bobbin and thread the machine.

After doing all of that and writing it down, she walked us through making a tissue holder and how to use our sewing tools. I felt so accomplished, I proudly showed off my finished product to my family once I got home. My kids were less enthused about it, but c’est la vie.

From there, I practiced with scraps of old clothes and drawing out my own patterns via instructions from videos on YouTube. Then I graduated to paper patterns, which I didn’t like very much.

Soon after that, I found indie/pdf patterns. Total game changer. It was love at first project. The instructions were so simple, so easy to follow. The fit was spot on with little to no modifications. They even had administrators available on their online groups ready to help and if they didn’t get to your answer right away, one of their followers would try to help.

It was a whole new world. A bright and beautiful one at that. Now, almost three years later, here I am and I have grown so much. I have mastered my sewing machine. I have learned how to use a serger and rotary cutter. I have learned the different types of fabrics and what works best for what.

I’m not a expert though. Sewing is a creative outlet for me and also a form of therapy. I love sewing and can’t wait to learn more. But most of all, I’m excited that you’re taking this journey with me.