I've done hand knitting, machine knitting and tapestry work for many, many years. The only reason I didn't do more general sewing is because my Mum can, and so I always left it to her! Isn't that typical? However, over a decade ago I became interested in digitised sewing machine embroidery, especially the potential for adding it as an embellishment to my machine knitted work. I bought myself a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1, which I subsequently swapped for an SE machine when that was released. These are such fantastic sewing and embroidery machines that I started exploring further and before I knew it I was sewing items as well. To test and improve my skills I took an ICS course in Dressmaking, gaining an A grade for every assignment.
Since then I haven't looked back!