Hi, I am Tracy Stuart-Johnson, aka “The Selfless Seamstress”, sewing workshop instructor, social media influencer, and hopefully an inspiration to your sewing journey. My journey began with my mother’s instruction. She was an exceptional seamstress (side gig like me) who made 75% of my clothes from my age of adolescence until I was in my early 20’s. I remember my excitement when my mom lifted this magnificent vintage black Singer machine out of a cherrywood cabinet. She would tilt it back to secure the ledge that prevented it from collapsing back into the cabinetry. Her vintage Singer was handed down to her from my paternal grandmother in the 50’s. My siblings and I never knew how old it was, however, it ran like a workhorse and was the source of our school clothes. By the time that I was 12 years old, I was permitted to sew unattended. My mother taught me how to cut inline pockets (I still love them today), sleeves, slacks and explained how to take measurements. As a teenager, I used existing garments as a method of creating patterns because I never needed one using this technique. Unfortunately, in the early 80’s I stopped sewing unless it was to mend something for my kids. Fast forward thirty years later, the sewing bug bit me. I decided to attend beginner quilt seminars and immersed myself in making crib quilts for various charities (hence, my name). During my spare time, I began to read and understand sewing patterns, watch videos and hone my skill.
I hope that one day, I have an opportunity to hear about your sewing journey!