Mary Ann's Story (September 04, 2014)

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I am 36 and my story goes way back when I was a little girl. I grew up in a very poor and remote province in an Asian country to a big family and being the middle child I dont get to have new things like clothes and dresses but rather all pass ons from my elder siblings. As a child I always look forward to our school Christmas party because thats the only time i get to have a new dress in the entire year. My mother would take me to a thrift fabric store and I get to choose the fabric then we will take it to our neighbor dress maker. I would draw the design of my dress beforehand like the paper dresses I made for my paper dolls! I would proudly show it and explain to the dress maker how I want my dress to look like and she would always tell me then that it would look really pretty. I was always so amazed and curious how her vintage huge heavy Singer machine can turn those fabrics into pretty dresses like magic and knew even then I will have my own one day. I discovered (when I was old enough to earn my own money) that Singer machine, being the best is costly and so I have to wait because I don't want to sacrifice quality and durabilty by getting other inferior brand. Couple of years ago I finally moved here in the USA and one day while cleaning the basement I found this old Singer Stylist 533 that belonged to my husband's late mother complete with all the accessories, manuals and even receipt and warranty and it was purchased a year before I was even born in 1976! My heart was literally beating so fast while I cleaned it all the while praying that it still work and it did! I started reading the manual learning its parts and functions and started using it hemming small sqauares I called table napkins. Next I made were pillow cases, throw pillow cases, simple curtains, my own apron and by then I started to explore the Singer website to watch some videos for beginner sewing projects and also YouTube for a few DIY sewing techniques. During the holidays last year I finally had the courage to buy a fabric, cut and sew it into my very first A-line color block faux leather skirt and it was fabulous! With the new found confidence I started to make a dress - a lace overlay fitted dress and my cousins and sisters in-law were so amazed they want me to make a dress for them too! I even made some scarves for holiday gifting to family and friends. I was so proud of myself and very happy that my childhood dream eventually came true because Singer made it possible, its user friendly - so easy to use but will give you professional creations even for someone who doesn't know a thing about sewing like me! Now I continue to make all sorts of sewing projects and very happy with this old manual machine but I would love to have a better and advanced model to have those wide varieties and range of beautiful stitches that new machines feature today and they are electronic too. Thank you Singer for making a little girl's dream come true. Thank you for the chance to explore my crativity and love for crafting. Now my ultimate dream is to make my own wedding gown for my church wedding....hopefully! I would have love to upload the photos of my creations but i have to pull it from my DIY albums from facebook and pinterest but I'm too excited to share my story! :)

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