I have sewn for 40 years. I sew mostly clothes and few crafty things. I hated home ec when in school, only took one year in Jr. High. But before I got married I lived with my sister. She sews also. She helped me make my wedding dress, and flower girl dresses. I don't like things too frilly so it was a simple dress. Through the years I have taught myself many things, even passed my sister!