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« on: April 01, 2008 02:18:58 AM »

I have sewn a few things successfully, but both have been with the help of a more experienced seamstress who stole my fabric and fell off the face of the earth. Two Christmas' ago my Mom got me an amazing sewing machine for Christmas....which I have used TWICE! I made a ferret hammock for my old roommates ferrets, and pillows. (Ferrets may be cute, but my goodness they reek.)

I have two gigantic rubbermaid totes full of fabric, tons of notions, and a few vintage patterns. I am not willing to use the vintage patterns yet because I don't want to ruin them, what are some good projects to start with? Either pattern suggestions, or just a nudge towards a beginner friendly craftster tutorial would be greatly appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2008 03:33:41 AM »

hi, first off i just want to say i'm completely in love with your sewing machine.

this site: http://www.whatthecraft.com/index.htm
has a lot of reconstructions which also double as very easy tutorials. I've used a lot of them to make simple dresses and tops when i've needed something quick and easy.

This is a really easy pinafore/high waisted skirt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107286.0

Those should give you a good start, then just check out the list of tutorials in the completed clothing forum. Lots of very good tuts there.

Good Luck!
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008 04:13:06 AM »

Thank you! That's not my sewing machine though, I wish it was! The Hello Kitty sewing machines I have seen aren't nearly as cute.
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008 07:23:54 AM »

Do more simple things like pillows & tote bags, then move into wearable but not neccsarily fitted things like pajama pants & aprons. After those are easy you are ready for a skirt or a dress and last a blouse of some sort. Spend time just playing with the stitches on your machine and scraps of fabric, do a couple of each item till you really are comfortable & having fun with them before you move on to the next thing.

Learning to sew is much like learning to drive, stay on familiar streets untill you are comfortable with the machine & all the things it can do, then get your map/ patterns & venture out into new territory Smiley
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008 10:33:41 AM »

I first started out just doing a simple Simplicity pattern, a skirt I think it was, on some muslin. I completely screwed up the muslin skirt, but then, after I read the pattern closely and carefully, the one in real fabric came out great! Cheesy I suggest a skirt if you want to start in making clothes first, and stick to the easy patterns for a while.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008 11:45:01 PM »

I have quite a number of vintage patterns myself, that I would never want to ruin... but I still use them! Trace all the original pattern's markings onto a new sheet of pattern-drafting paper (they'll have packs of it at fabric stores), or in a pinch, you can use gift-wrap tissue paper - it's usually transparent enough. That way, you can cut it up, pin it, alter it, whatever, without ever really using the original (and probably fragile) pattern.

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