my first machine...

It was a Strawberry Shortcake sewing machine. My granny had taught me to hand-sew and let me hand-crank her vintage in-table machine with the power off, but this was my first machine with electricity. Of course I was ecstatic. I couldn't even wait to set up a table for it, to find a level surface for the foot pedal, to think up a project, I wanted to sew on it NOW! I remember deciding I would feed the fabric through while a friend pressed the foot pedal with her hand... and then I sewed through my fingertip! Ms. Shortcake was whisked away, but I got right back to supervised sewing and have never looked back.

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