A bit late to the party, but here...
*How long have you been sewing?
Almost 8 years.
*How did you learn to sew?
I found a free, printable doll dress pattern on the internet and followed the instructions. Then I got a book about pattern drafting from the library and made doll clothes from that. It wasn't too difficult a step to human clothes.
*What was the first project you made that you remember?
the aforementioned doll dress (it looked hideous!)
*Do you have a favorite thing to sew?
I like doing dresses, pants can be fun and quick to sew up sometimes too.
*What is your favorite step in the sewing process?
Stitching and pressing, and I really like topstitching too.
*What is your least favorite thing?
Cutting, marking, and setting in sleeves!
*Do you have a favorite brand of patterns?
Not really. I like vintage mail-order patterns, and Hollywood patterns because the covers are pretty.
*What era do you like sewing best?
1950s. And 1860s.
*Do you use vintage patterns? How do you prepare/use them?
I try to be as gentle with them as I can. Reprints (as long as ease isn't added to them) are great though!
*How do you finish your hems/seam allowances?
Mostly with self-bias binding; I leave a lot of seams raw though.
*Do you sew for other people or just yourself? Why?
I occasionally do some work for family, friends, or clients. I prefer sewing for myself.
*What's your favorite type of fabric to sew?
Lightweight wools are wonderful!
*What are your favorite trims?
Rickrack is fun...I love doing any type of bias binding. I hate doing ruffles, they take so much time and effort.
*Do you use a dress form? Which brand?
I have an el cheapo Dritz form from Joann's, but it does the job all right.
*What brand is your sewing machine? Would you reccomend it to others?
I have a modern Brother and a modern Singer Simple. They're okay. The Singer Simple is supposed to be for beginners but I got it several years after I started sewing and didn't find it that simple to use.
*And words of wisdom to share with those starting out?
Try not to lose your patience! Get it in your head right now that sewing involves LOTS of re-doing, ripping out, re-fitting, etc. It can be finicky and frustrating but the end product is worth it.
Thanks for posting the questions, I loved answering them and reading the replies!