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« on: April 11, 2008 12:45:57 PM »

I am a very newbie sew-r..I tried it years ago hurt my finger and sold my machine..so about a year ago I asked my hubby for a machine to give it another go-and there it sits in my studio collecting dust.I had a friend encourage me to give it a whirl-since I do other crafty things she thought I would do really well with sewing.

It all makes sense I am crafty,I have a machine and 2 boys that love certain clothing & items that they never seem to be able to find in the store..so whats the big deal???

I have no idea where to start-my hubby says that I should just go take a class and learn since I am the hands on type that would make sense..but cant really find a class near me nor the times that I need it..so I am wondering:

-what is a great beginner project..
-where did you learn to sew..
-seriously is it really that hard to follow a pattern..
-are you fabric obsessed..
-am I over analysing..
-you lost interest about 10 sentences ago..

feel free to PM me too..
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008 04:41:49 PM »

Well, you seem to WANT to sew, so that's a good start.   Smiley  I noticed in my area that Hancock's Fabrics has beginner sewing lessons.  They say they have a "learn your machine" class (for those who don't know how to sew at all) and a "help with a project" classes for those who are having trouble getting through a particular item.  I would think either of those would be a good place to start.  I know that you said you haven't found any classes that work into your schedule, but I think a hands-on environment is much more conducive to learning than trying to learn from a book.  Is there anyone you know who sews that could help you?  Maybe there's an older lady around (there's a certain generation where "everyone" sewed) that might love to help you learn.  If you just can't do that, then I've heard there are some good books out there.  The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing is supposed to be great.  I haven't read it myself, though.  I learned to sew in Home Ec WAYYYY back in High School. 
A pattern is not that hard to follow if you know your sewing terms and a little about putting things together.  The problem with patterns is that they may not fit well and if you don't know what to do about it, you just have a wasted garment hanging around.  I'd say that a good place to start would be some simple tote bags and such.  Make yourself some cloth shopping bags for practice.  Keep them simple at first (sew 3 edges, finish the top edge and sew some handles.)  After that, you could try a simple elastic-waist skirt or some elastic-waist pants for your boys.  There's a tute on here for 1 hour pants (I believe that's what they called them) that should be pretty easy for you.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215896.0    I just re-read that post and there are no pictures for you to follow.  There is a link from someone in the post, however, who gives a link to another tutorial for pants that does have pictures...  If you do some of those, then check out Vegbee's tutorial site for her "how to add pockets" tutorial.  They look so cute! http://indietutes.blogspot.com/
 Keep in mind that with any project, pins are your friend (though most of us think we can sew without them and we pay for that...  Smiley) and so is the iron.  Iron your fabric to start.  Iron down your top edge when you're making a casing, iron your hems, etc. 

Here are a couple of recent posts that are very similar to yours.  You'll get more info. reading those. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237695.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237304.0

I've just re-read my post and I tend to ramble...  Sorry about that.  I hope you do give sewing a try.  It can be taxing and challenging, but I love it.  Good luck and let us know how it's going! 


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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008 06:27:08 PM »

Yep- you're overanalyzing!  And no- **for the most part** patterns are not that difficult.  They are really nice for beginning sewing- gives you the 'play-by-play' and tips and all that.  I would encourage you to pick up a pattern or two that interests you and just go for it!!  That's what I did and how I learned (never would have gotten myself to a class back then Roll Eyes ).  Just go to your closest fabric store and flip through the simpler boy patterns and grab something and go!  You'll learn SO much by just doing it, kwim?   
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008 03:08:01 PM »

my first machine sewing project was pajamas. they were easy to construct, but if you mess up a little (or a lot) it wont matter too much becuase the only people who will see you wear them is your family. (or you could make some for your kids). you could also find a friend or someone to teach you... ask around your local fabric shops or put up a post on craigslist, just becuase the classes they offer at fabric/craft stores dont fit your schedule doesnt mean you cant find someone to teach you.

my big advice is... DONT GIVE UP!!! you will mess stuff up. i promise. we all have, and still do. also, take your time. if you get frustrated with something, walk away from it for a while, and go back to it when you are less likely to stab your sewing machine.
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holly1021
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008 06:24:11 PM »

-what is a great beginner project..
  It doesn't get much easier than a pillowcase.  Wink  If you want to make something to *wear*, I'll second the suggestion for pajama pants.  (Hey, get enough fabric and you could make pajama pants with a matching pillowcase!  Wink)
-where did you learn to sew..
  My mom taught me the basics as a kid, and from there I've been learning through trial and error (LOTS of error!) on my own.  I've read some books and spend a fair amount of time here and at sewingmamas.com, as well.
-seriously is it really that hard to follow a pattern..
  Not really, as long as it's not too complex.  Most kids patterns are quite simple.
-are you fabric obsessed..
  Yes and no.  I love to browse/ogle/lust after fabrics, but I'm OK walking away from them if I can't afford 'em.  That said, I've still managed to accrue a fairly sizeable stash. . .
-am I over analysing..
  Yep.  Just jump right in and give it a go.  Smiley 
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2008 06:37:51 PM »

thank you for all of your great words of wisdom and advice..I greatly appreciate it..so where am I at??

I am going to give it a whirl with my first project being a cuff for my 10yo..he is into skull and crossbones so he is helping me design a cuff for him..I will keep my fingers crossed & wish me luck..

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