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hollyhawker
« on: April 12, 2008 02:55:38 PM »

 
ookay, so i'm a generally crafty person (scrapbooking, crochet, felt crafts) and i'm very interested in the idea of making my own clothing. but up to this point, i've been to scared to get into something i might be bad at. i've never even really used a sewing machine before!!

should i just jump into a project and see how it goes? are there ways i should practice first?

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008 03:16:01 PM »

I think the easiest thing to do is to start by reconstructing some different clothes... there are tons of tutorials on the reconstruction board, and it'll help give you an idea of how clothes are put together if you take some things apart and re-work them, so it'll be easier to work from a pattern or a tutorial to make some things from scratch. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008 03:38:53 PM »

I think the best thing to do is to start with a pattern from a major company, a pattern for pajama pants.  When I teach beginners, this is what I start out with.  Read the directions twice through before starting.  You should be able to get a nice result the first time.  go to burdastyle.com for free download patterns and lots of instructions on how to choose a pattern size, how to cut out the pattern, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008 06:30:23 PM »

I say start even simpler that they suggested. Before you learn to drive you have to learn the car: lights, wipers, seat adjustments, etc. Once you are settled with where everything is, you can focus on getting the car down the road, sewing is the same. You need to be familiar with the machine before you can get it to do anything.

Get some scrap fabric & borrow a machine or visit a friend/ family member with a machine & check it out. Read the manual, play with various stitches, sew random bits together.
Then go get a very simple pattern, I reccomend starting with something that's not sized, like pillows or an apron & do that first.
Then you are ready for pajamas or reconning tees.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008 09:02:01 PM »

when I was taught we started with a simple pillowcase, moved on to a pair of sleep shorts so on, each step teaching you 1 or 2 new techniques (pillow-straight sewing,simple hem,simple fastening: sleep shorts -sewing a curve adding elastic etc)
The thing is though, usually when you start sewing you want to make couture designs not pillowcases Cheesy I let my DD make her own design -a medieval shirt with silk and velvet. After lots of help she did it. It has taken me several tries to get her to do something simple and because all the earlier projects have been REALLY hard she was stunned when she made boxers in less than an hour. I guess a lot depends on how much help you can get and what you want/need.
Is there a project you have in mind?
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008 09:06:22 PM »

I say start even simpler that they suggested. Before you learn to drive you have to learn the car: lights, wipers, seat adjustments, etc. Once you are settled with where everything is, you can focus on getting the car down the road, sewing is the same. You need to be familiar with the machine before you can get it to do anything.

Get some scrap fabric & borrow a machine or visit a friend/ family member with a machine & check it out. Read the manual, play with various stitches, sew random bits together.
Then go get a very simple pattern, I reccomend starting with something that's not sized, like pillows or an apron & do that first.
Then you are ready for pajamas or reconning tees.

I second that
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2008 01:56:35 AM »

Practise makes perfect.reconstruction of clothes really work 4 me too.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2008 07:33:51 AM »

I am still newer to sewing (oct 07) but I started out with tab curtain panels then pj pants, then jumped to dressy pants for me and then a dress for my daughter who was 3mths at the time.. Depends on what you are comftable but I would suggest not to get a really hard project started cause you may get discouraged before finishing and then not sew.. I find taking a basic class helps also.. Now I can insert a zipper both lapped and slotted.. Im moving on to dresses and such..
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