My mother had a large black sewing machine with a big wheel and large foot pedal. I don't remember the year it was built, but I do remember my mother sitting me down next to her as she made clothes for me when I was very young. It was amazing to see her hold the fabric under the needle with one hand, turn the large wheel with the other, and work the foot pedal back and forth at the same time. I loved it and as I grew older I had such a desire to sew. I remember this as if it was only yesterday. My mother made dresses and pants for me. One of my favorite pair of pants my mother made for me was an orange pair with suspenders . Before I started first grade, children were required to be vaccinated. One day after having my vaccinations, my mother, father, and I were on our way back from the health clinic. I was wearing my favorite orange pants. We saw my cousin, Mary Sue Harrison walking from Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. S he was a student there at the time. We stopped and gave her a ride to our house. She teased me about having my vaccinations. She tickled me and said, "I know it hurt, ha, ha, ha, ha. She said, "where did you get those cute little orange pants". I told her that my mother made them for me. I didn't learn to sew until I was in Junior High School. I took Home Economics. I made my first outfit. It was a two-piece ensemble; a matching skirt and vest. I won the fashion show competition that we had that year. I made all of my clothes in high school. I was 'best-dressed ' in my High School Superlatives. I also sewed for others and made money doing it. I had my own business for a while. My sewing machine has been sitting in my closet for a while. I am going to take it out and make some pretty spring and summer dresses.