Hi, my name is Janine, and I am addicted to my sewing machine.
Since I purchased my first machine 33 years ago (an Elna Air Electric back in 1980), I have made countless garments, home decorator fashions, quilts, accessories, designed costumes for musicals, a dinosaur nest and eggs for a museum display; heck I even once made a tent. While I was in college I worked at a fabric store in Tustin, CA called The Yardage Shop. I loved that job; the fabrics, notions, pattern designs, helping people with their projects….. pretty soon I was sewing for people on the side to help pay the bills. I even taught my boyfriend how to make a shirt - that’s how I knew he was THE ONE, we’ve been happily married for 28 years.
When I got married, I left The Yardage Shop to become a slave at a law firm. I quit the workhouse when I had my second daughter and became a stay at home mom. I sewed for my girls; I just loved making their sundresses and pjs, tutus and bathing suits. My son came along and my sewing took a dive. Poor Elna only came out once in a while, to patch the knees of a pair of jeans, to make a halloween or school play costume.
Sewing became more regular when the kids began to go to school, the girls needed dresses and costumes. When my girls started going to formal dances, for their first dress we did the whole shopping routine; going to the stores, trying on dresses, looking for something unique. They both bought their first dress, but after that they had me make their formals. They both were pretty unique and hated seeing their store bought dress on someone else. For my eldest daughter Jackie’s senior prom, not only did I make her dress, but her 4 best friends as well. After that, I pretty much have been sewing full time.
My daughters Jackie and Kellie both know how to sew and are both extremely talented artists; Jackie works as a motion graphic designer - basically, she can draw very well. She makes incredible costumes and has a wonderful eye for color and design. Kellie is a talented actor, singer and comedian, and she is studying to be a vet assistant. My son Steven just graduated from high school last week; he is athletic and personable just like his father. Not artistic at all, but I haven’t given up on him yet. You might wonder if I have ever gotten him to sew something….. good idea, but no, he’s never sewed a stitch. Yet. Yes I am a proud mama.
As of last week, my life has entered into a new phase. So here I am, arms open wide, embracing what comes my way.