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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Zig Zag Stitch.... on: November 08, 2012 06:04:10 AM
lunamadre that's a great sewing troubleshooting list, thanks.

You're welcome...it's all stuff that got me out of a bind and allowed me to finish my Halloween costume without crying, LOL!

Yes thank you! its all these little things that I struggle with being a beginner, it can be so frustrating when all you want to do is sew and little things get in your way... as if you werent finding it difficult enough trying to learn terminology, sewing in a straight line and figuring out patterns that look like they were meant to be made on another planet!!  Grin
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Zig Zag Stitch.... on: November 02, 2012 01:29:15 AM
ill try and get a photo.

its more than likely my settings. its just whatever i seem to try doesnt work and it ends up a mess - mainly on the underneath.

ill have to practice on some scrap fabric before starting my main project.

thank you x
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / The Zig Zag Stitch.... on: November 01, 2012 06:35:54 AM
So Im very new to sewing (just about mastered sewing in a straight line yay!) and Im having a little trouble figuring out the zig zag stitch and I was wondering if anyone had any tips/advice...

I attempted it when trying to make a pair of pants/underwear/knickers Grin i found that it just ended up a complete and utter mess and i gave up... but now Ive decided to make a pair of pyjama pants for a Christmas present and would really like to do them properly - I have the pattern etc but the instructions involve the dreaded zig zag stitch!  Shocked

Im sure I had the machine at the right setting.... then again did I?

So....am I stitching too close to the end of the fabric? Not close enough? Is there some secret to zig zag stitching that nobody told me?

Im probably over thinking it arent I....  Roll Eyes

any help would be appreciated. Thank you! x
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you feel like there's enough fabric choice? on: November 01, 2012 06:23:48 AM
im new to sewing and as expected i dont want to jump feet first into buying pretty fabric when then chances are im more than likely to ruin it within seconds!!

i recently bought 1 meter each of two different fabrics one plain red and one with cherrys on to make an apron for a friends christmas present and it came to 10!! (around $16 for our US friends) that was just for the basic stuff! nothing fancy!

although i have found a local market that has a little stall which sells fabric for around 2.50 ($4) a meter. they dont have much of a selection but for what im wanting it will do the job (cheaply) for now!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: black trenchcoat --ideas on decorating? on: October 19, 2012 05:40:21 AM
You could change the lining of the coat to something bright and patterned?

Also changing the buttons would be subtle but effective.  Grin

(this is one of my first replies - its nice to feel useful  Smiley )
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / A complete sewing beginner in the North East of England... on: August 31, 2012 04:24:47 AM
Ive bought the books and plan to turn the loft into a sewing room and thats as far as Ive come

This is my second attempt into the world of dressmaking my first was half hearted and I gave up at the first hurdle - (A Martha Stewart apron) a project which left me feeling stupid that I couldnt fathom the easiest of instructions!

I was going to sign up to a night time college course but all the spaces were snapped up and to be honest I think you would be fighting for the teachers attention as they are often over booked, then I thought maybe private lessonsbut they could get a bit pricey.

So I thought id try again and teach myself So here I am in complete novice territory and hoping the sewing gods take pity on me

Sadly I find a certain popular craft store here in the NE not very helpful if youre not a regular customer. They made me feel a little uncomfortable with the fact I had no clue what I was asking for and as a complete beginner having no clue is certainly where Im at.

So if you are based in the North East of England and would like to let me know where you get your sewing supplies from or if theres any sewing clubs or something I dont know about id really appreciate the help

Also may I take the opportunity to apologise for any future posts with any sewing questions which may lead you to think Im completely stupid!  Huh
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello i'm a newbie from the North East of England on: November 02, 2011 06:44:35 AM
Thank you Smiley, everyone seems so nice.

Im still in my lurking phase but i cant wait to get started Grin
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello i'm a newbie from the North East of England on: October 31, 2011 06:34:46 AM
Hello Im a newbie Smiley Ive been lurking for a few weeks now just absorbing all the amazing things people can make and feeling inspired

Im from the North East of England and would love to make crafty friends from all over the world.

I love to cook, read and I watch way too many American TV shows. Im obsessed with anything NYC and if I could choose to be amazingly good at one craft It would be sewing (I need major practice/help Im terrible Sad ) I dont have a favourite colour and I love quotes.

My main hobby is letter writing Ive had pen pals since I was a little girl.

2012s New Years resolution is to craft more Id love to start taking part in the organised swaps so Im working on getting my crafting up to standard. Grin
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