My mom was the sewist in the family and had an old husqvarna where she sewed dresses and quilts and put two needles through her thumb on separate occasions. Hence, I was terrified of sewing machines most of my life. I hand sewed and crafted, though, from a very young age and sketched out clothing designs. In 2008, I finally conquered that fear and bought my first sewing machine: a tiny pink Kenmore machine without a zipper foot. It was a tiny pink beast with a tension problem. I started sewing costumes for myself and then branched off to other garments. It’s only been in the past two years since my mom bought me my Brother sewing machine and I got a Janome serger that I’ve really become obsessed with sewing. It helped that I became involved in a community, like the Monthly Stitch, that encourages and feeds my obsession. I’m glad I’m not afraid of sewing machines anymore!