I only started sewing a few years ago, but I was dreaming of making my own sewing creations for years. Finally, the stars aligned, I bought a Toyota sewing machine and sat comfortable in front of Youtube in order to learn the basics. Of course, sewing requires lots of skill and patience, which I never have in abundance, but started with the simplest projects and worked my way to more complicated ones. No matter how many sewing needles I broke, or how many times I had to undo my uneven stitches, I had lots of fun and soon started creating my own designs, using them around the house or when traveling.
While I have a Toyota and a Brother sewing machines in my homes, I use a portable sewing machine when traveling and when working on the ship. Helps me fix my uniforms and also make small gifts for my friends onboard.
Even during these difficult times in pandemic, I made some masks for my family and friends, which came handy at the beginning when there was a shortage of masks in the stores.