The one who taught me how to sew was my mother. She taught me how to sew manually, maybe around my primary school age. I had no idea why I was interested in sewing. Then, she got a portable sewing machine from my aunt since she rarely used it. I forgot when she started to teach me how to use the sewing machine but maybe about my early teenage.
This is the sewing machine my aunt gave for us. Veritas Rubina. It's portable but seriously heavy by it's metal body. I just knew it can be attached to a table just like the other traditional sewing machine. It has a lot of stitch patterns and automatic buttonhole.
Now the sewing machine always gets me some trouble when I'm using it. It might be somewhat has something wrong inside because it never been serviced. I find sewing more comfortable using the new one I get in Bandung.
By the way, if you're a beginner and interested to sew some clothes, you could try these: