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Have Any Sewing Advice?

Ok well ive always wanted to learn how to sew but one i dont know what machine is the best and two i dont know what you need to sew. yes i know thread, fabric, pins. but i want to know how to sew like clothes and design and stuff like that. what machine should i get and what do i need to get started?

thanks so much any sewing advice is appreciated!

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7 Responses to “Have Any Sewing Advice?”

  1. Leanne D says:

    If you go charity shops they normally have sewing books for cheep that will get you started. signers is good. for make and advise.

  2. Lene O says:

    To start, get ANY inexpensive used machine that WORKS and that you can afford.
    My first machine was an ancient treadle machine that my great uncle had converted into a regular electric machine, It did only one stitch (running stitch) in only one length. That machine taught me what I needed to know so that when I went shopping I knew what I wanted.
    Today’s machines are so specialized, have so many features and such a wide range of costs that you probably will overspend and be disappointed if you shop now.

    The other suggestion is to take a sewing class- check the Cooperative Extension in you area, the Y, a vo-tech school, adult ed at the town or high school, or even a craft store (some JoAnn’s fabric stores in my area have these). A class will give you the opportunity to try several types of machines. If the class is at a store, they will probably try to sell you a machine. If you are a beginner, wait a while,and a classmate looking to upgrade to a fancy new machine will sell you her old one at a better price.
    NOW, how to sew: my “education” started with sewing for my child who was too tall for one size and too thin thin for the next size up. I found some lovely low priced 100% cotton fabric- sometimes it is easier to start to learn on fabric that doesn’t stretch!- and got some simple patterns for tops, pants, and skirts. In a very short time, I had made a few things that she promptly outgrew -outgrowing my “mistakes” along with the garments which gave me more opportunity to make new items – much better quality and so it went.
    So, if you do not have a child to sew for, may I suggest sleepwear? The garment shapes and techniques are basic and as long as the finished item is comfortable, you won’t mind learning from your mistakes.

  3. Dot says:

    I don’t agree with Lena O in going for any old sewing machine. You say that you have always wanted to sew…so I say go for it!
    1. Buy new so that you can get any help you need from the seller and enjoy the guarantee whilst your learning. Also a new machine will give you lots of confidence with the backing of the seller instructions. Second hand machines can have other peoples problems like timing etc and can have been stuck in the attic for decades getting stiff and awkward and possibly out of date when parts are needed. When a second hand one disappoints you, you will, as a new sewer, think it is your fault and not the machine. As a new sewer, you will not recognise a fault that a machine has and so spend money on getting a repair done when all it needed was an adjustment that you could have done yourself.
    I would go for a new machine that has the 4 absolutely necessary features like the following:
    1. The machine must do a reverse stitch.
    2.The machine must do buttonholes
    3. I prefer to have a drop in bobbin. Its less fiddly.
    4.The machine must have a swing needle for many reasons including the over-locking of raw edges.
    A typical machine that carries all these features is the Brother XR2600. There are many similar machines to choose from. Such machines would cost around £60 to £100 British pounds. Look them up on the internet to make a list of your choices then if possible go to a store to try them out for yourself.
    If you go for an even more basic machine than this then you will soon get fed up and give up altogether. I would tell myself that I deserve it for saving money by sewing. It will soon pay for itself.

  4. pattiann42 says:

    All the major brands are excellent machines. They all come in beginner to professional models.

    Visit the sewing machine dealers in your area and tell them you want to learn to sew – many have lessons.

    This would be the best place to start as you need to learn to use the sewing machine first.

    If you are a minor, take a parent or guardian with you.

    If you can learn the sewing machine and master basic sewing lessons, then check with your local colleges and trade schools for classes.

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