When Mara was 3-4-years-old, she started designing clothes by using washcloths while she was in the bathtub with her younger sister. When she visited relatives, she would make small things on their sewing machines. At 10-years-old, she made her first blouse with a zipper in the back and lace sleeves; it was from a Vogue pattern. She wore it in her 5th grade pictures. By the age of 13-years-old, she made her first pair of jeans, followed by her first wedding gown at age 14 (not her own), and her first set of drapes at age 16.
Mara went on to start teaching the serger Know-How classes 10 months after she started working at Redlands Sewing Center. These Know-How classes evolved into today?s Serger Clubs.