Confession: I'm the son of a home eco teacher. We always had a sewing machine lying around the house and my mum taught me the basics at a pretty early age. Spooling and threading the bobbin, the meaning of 'bias binding', feeding the fabric etc
When it came to machines, there was only one to be had in our household. A Bernina 707. This lasted about 40 years before finally giving up the ghost. Long before that happened, mum had graduated to a Bernina 1000 which is the machine I am currently using. It's still a fairly basic machine by today's standards but an adjustable straight stitch and zig zag is all I will ever need.
I find sewing extremely relaxing, and also a little challenging. Similar to engineering perhaps? Creating a pattern, calculating material requirements, construction technique, not to mention sequencing and waste reduction. So this is my current obsession . Designing and sewing the perfect cycle cap for the rider who doesn't want to look like Cadel Evans. 'No 16' cycle caps, perfect for the mid life crisis.