This is my very first sewing machine ! And, yes, I did use it. I do not remember how old I was when I got it but I know I started sewing in the first grade.
I made lots of doll clothes with it and was very happy with my accomplishment. It took a lot of coordination to crank that wheel and move my fabric along with only 2 little hands.
It was even a SINGER ... that was THE brand to have for many years !
In the second grade I made my first big person project. It was an apron for my mother on her birthday and Mother's Day. A neighbor helped me put it all together. I have been sewing ever since.
Over the years (more than 50) I have moved a kazillion times thru times of turmoil as well as times of peaceful transition ..... my little sewing machine went every where with me. It is amazing to me that I still have it ! I still lose my car keys every other day .....