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« on: December 26, 2007 07:56:22 PM »

 Grin i got a sewing machine finaly whoo  and now i can make and  reforum clothes!...egh no i cant i have no clue where to start. Angry any ideas tips helpfull things to say? this is something i have wanted to try 4 a very long tuime now im all set up im nervous.
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2007 08:01:18 PM »

First thing you need to do is get out the instruction manual for your machine and read it.  Then go step by step and try out all the features of your machine.  Use some scrap material so you can see what all the different stitches look like.  Practise threading your machine including the bobbin.

Start off with something simple like a pillow or pillowcase or something like that.  Something with nice straight lines.  Grin

Once you get comfortable with your machine, you can move onto other things.  Pajama pants are very easy to make and are a good way to start using patterns. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2007 09:48:36 PM »

Congradulations!!!  Grin

She's right. Read read read. Familiarize yourself with the parts of the machine and how they work. Read the part where you thread the machine cause you can't do anything without thread. Read how to insert the needle and how to thread it. Then go on to the bobbin, threading it and putting it into the bobbin case and then into the machine and then getting the bobbon thread up to the top so you can have the two threads there together. Plug it in and then plug in the foot thingie and OH, LOOK, your ready to sew something. Keep the book handy. Get a piece of light colored nfg (no fucking good) fabric of medium to light weight, pick out some of the stitches on your machine that look interesting, select one and sew it for about 4 inches or so on that fabric. Use a contrasting thread so you can see the stitches well. Then select another one and so  on. Make rows of different stitches and then go on and actually sew something together like a seam. Practice settings like stitch length and width and changing the feet that come with your machine. Learn what everything is for. Learning is part of the fun. The projects will come and you will do fine.
Practice on different kinds of material to see how the different stitches are needed to sew them. T shirt fabric is different from plain woven cotton because t shirt fabric stretches and woven cotton doesn't.

Throw pillows are eally easy. The stuffing is really cheap @ Walmart in the fabric section.

Have a great time!
please feel free to ask anything
I love to help
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 08:31:26 AM »

thanks guys i made a thing! a skirt ill go post pics up now!
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 10:19:56 AM »

First thing you need to do is get out the instruction manual for your machine and read it.  Then go step by step and try out all the features of your machine.  Use some scrap material so you can see what all the different stitches look like.  Practise threading your machine including the bobbin.

Start off with something simple like a pillow or pillowcase or something like that.  Something with nice straight lines.  Grin

Once you get comfortable with your machine, you can move onto other things.  Pajama pants are very easy to make and are a good way to start using patterns. 

marypoppins is right, you can't just jump into making clothes, because that can go horribly wrong! take your time, because once you have enough experience, your clothes can be awsome!
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