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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Wallet Tutorial on: February 15, 2012 01:11:14 PM
Sweet! Thanks for the tutorial.  Cheesy
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do you buy fabric online? on: February 11, 2011 11:44:06 AM
I haven't read through the whole thread but I'm sure it's been mentioned--- fabric.com. Even with all of the fabric stores I have nearby, they always get me with their sale emails and free shipping over $35. I've ordered from them 3 times in the last month or so--mostly for stuff I saw someplace else and got on sale from them for a lower price, or stuff I just haven't seen around here and loved it.

A dangerous place to browse if you don't want to buy anything!  Wink
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for First Sewing Projects! on: February 11, 2011 11:35:05 AM
I'm a total sewing newbie and I just bought a new machine in December and have tried a few projects since then to learn to sew. The place where I bout my machine offered a free "get to know your machine" class, which was very helpful. It was nice to know a little about how things work on my machine before I started trying to learn the actual sewing stuff. I didn't have to look in my book so often to figure things out while working on my first projects. So I highly suggest this if you can find a place near you that does a similar class.

After that, my first projects were pillowcases. I bought sale fabrics that I liked so if I totally messed up I wasn't out a lot of $.  Shocked Besides that, something I can really use. After that, it was a fleece blanket (2 big pieces of fleece sewn together all around-- good practice for squaring up and rotary cutting---whew!). Then I moved on to simple drawstring bags and totes, which were great to learn several new techniques on a small scale. Also, coasters and hot pads are great for the same reasons, including using different fillers, fusible backings, etc, also on a small and friendly scale.

I found that for me, starting with small projects that I actually had hopes of finishing and not too complicated has helped me gain some confidence to move on to more and bigger projects. Also, I have a short attention span, so finishing a complete project in a couple of hours was great!

Anyway, having so much fun learning and good luck to all the other new sewers out there! I've bought a couple of books but haven't really dived into them yet to say if I think they are helpful--but soon I hope!

Just finished a cute fabric envelope yesterday, but I read on here somewhere that you can't post pics until after so many posts, and this is my first one....
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