I'm a self taught sewer. I purchased my first Singer sewing machine in my late 20's from Walmart. Due to lack of confidence I stopped about 8 yrs. or so. I'm in my 40's now and not as skeptical about my skills. I contribute that to the vast online sewing community. There is indeed strength in numbers. I do have a blog to share my sewing journey www.christinasewsup.blogspot.com. Feel free to meander by.