As a kid I remember sewing machines running several days a week. We lived in my grandparents’ house until I turned six. Both my mother and grandmother had machines and one or both of them were doing something on them every day or so. They made quite a few of their own clothes, and everything I know about using a needle and thread, and general garment construction comes from observing them over the years.
My sewing ‘skills’ include replacing buttons, repairing hems, sewing on embroidered patches, and restitching pieces that have come apart. One of my hobbies is doing some modifications to bags and backpacks. I’ve also created a couple of pouches from patterns, and will probably do some of that in the future.