My mother taught me to sew, too. She used to make all her own clothes when she was younger, and she made dresses for me and my sister when we were little and the occasional piece of clothing even when we got older. But I'm not very good at sewing, I get frustrated with the tedious cutting-out of patterns, and my seams aren't always straight. So while I do have here in my apartment an ancient, heavy sewing machine that I think was my grandmother's -- I brought it home with the intention of trying to make clothes -- I haven't even set it up. I take pants that need hemming back to Mom, and she still does make us flannel pajama pants. I'm wearing some right now.
She also quilts, so I have one she made using pieces of my baby dresses.
On Gutmutter's knot-untying skill -- HOW do necklaces get so tied up in knots? It drives me crazy. They're just sitting there, how do they twist themselves up like that?