Mod: Not quite. I have always known how to sew; my mother taught me when I was 2. I still remember the first Home Ec class I took in 7th grade where I was sewing circles around the class and teaching the teacher how to do things. Oh, fun times.
Every year, my resolution is to learn to do something new. The year that MLP came out, my resolution was a minor one of learning to do embroidery. Well, minor compared to some of my other resolutions such as building a 175hp gocart (so I had to learn welding and plasma cutting) and learning to drive a race car (best lap was 174.991 mph average speed IIRC for a lap on las vegas motor speedway then promptly got yelled at for going fast enough to have my window net blow out).
I started my embroidery career with a 6800PRW which also did regular sewing. I spent a bit more for the embroidery portion but I wanted a new sewing machine anyway, so the cost wasn’t that bad. I downloaded a few designs and played with them, then started making my own for fun.
This was around the 7th or 8th episode of MLP which is when I got into it enough to look forward to every single episode.
RD was my first MLP design and I got tons of positive feedback on it. everyone wanted one and I got about 200 orders in 1 day. At that time, I could do MAYBE 1 a day, and I could only do designs on things, meaning no patches. I did pillow cases, towels, etc. I kept making more and more designs over the next few months.
Then, my ankle decided it didn’t want to work any more and surgery was needed to put it back together. I couldn’t really leave the house to do much of anything until my ankle healed, so I had time to experiment. During this time I figured out how to make strong and show accurate patches. suddenly, I could make patches that anyone could stick on almost anything. I didn’t need to go to the store to get a backpack or a shirt; i could make a patch that could be attached once delivered. Saved a lot on shipping too.
It just snowballed from there. I went from 1 machine to two, then at one point I had 7; all of them going any time I was home to keep up with what everyone kept asking for. Even with that I couldn’t keep up so I was posting designs for a while so that those with embroidery machines could make their own. Before I knew it I had passed 200 different patch designs and started getting hit up by literally hundreds of plushie makers that wanted specific eyes made so they could make a perfect show accurate plushie for their kids or themselves. I started making show accurate, kid-durable eyes and cutie marks to go along with the almost indestructible patches I made.
Finally, it was just too much to keep up with (and I was getting requests to do jacket backs, hats and other stuff my home machines couldn’t do) that I got an actual full size 15 needle commercial embroidery machine. With that, I could keep pace with orders, though it cost almost as much as my car.
So yeah… In 4 seasons I went from ‘hey, embroidery is cool’ to having pony patches coming out of my ears. It wasn’t an overnight decision, it just kinda happened because people kept asking for more stuff and I just hate saying no.