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Topic: Help... Just got a Sewing machine. What project should I do first?  (Read 1290 times)
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beefishie
« on: June 25, 2009 04:33:00 PM »

Preferably something that I can get the pattern for online. =) Thanks!!!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 09:07:54 PM »

http://m-sewing.com/patterns-catalog.html

Click "show me more" for each category (they only have the women's and men's patterns up so far)

http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns

You have to join, and only a few are free. The rest are relatively inexpensive (usually around $4)
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marytini
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009 05:57:36 PM »

You could also just look for online tutorials. I made a coaster as my very first project (I only made one, then moved on). Good for practicing straight lines and becoming familiar with your machine. http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

Tote bags are easy too. I just google "sew ---- tutorial" and fill in the blank with whatever you want to sew!
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009 07:00:28 PM »

Alexus, wow I'd never seen that first link.  Some awsome stuff.  Have you done any of thier patterns before?  How do they work out?
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009 01:30:46 PM »

pillows.  get a feel for your machine and how different fabrics work with it. especially jersey knit. use up old tshirts. make pillows.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2009 02:18:21 AM »

I haven't done any of those patterns yet, but I have a couple I want to try. I have too many things on my list of want-to-do, darnit Tongue
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donniesgirl
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009 10:51:16 AM »

Throw pillows or a straight skirt.  I've seen lots of free online tutorials for all kinds of things.  Placemats would be another good one.
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Juniper_Ann
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009 02:37:29 PM »

Quillow. 
http://www.straw.com/quilting/articles/quillows.html

You can't buy it in the store, and it's so useful all your friends will be jealous.  I still have the one I made in junior high home ec (ummm...12 years later). 

Also, it's all straight lines, which is good for a first project.

I wouldn't recommend a straight skirt as a first project because darts can be a teensy bit tricky, zippers are easy to apply but take a lot of reading the directions that come with the zipper, and it will be discouraging if you have fit issues. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009 09:38:50 AM »

I did a straight skirt waaay back when in a 4-H beginning sewing class & darts really were not tricky.  A zipper can be, though.  But I never shyed away from a challenge.  I've always liked projects that help develop different skills.  Drawstring & a-lines are other easy options.  They make "fit just right" kind of patterns that help with the fitting.  Personally, when I was starting out, I always felt like clothes were the most gratifying project to complete because you could show them off.  There is a great skirt book that makes it super easy and you don't have to buy a bunch of $ patterns for different types of skirts:

http://www.amazon.com/Sew-What-Skirts-Fabulous-Fabrics/dp/1580176259/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248453452&sr=1-1

You won't learn much in the way of tailoring, but it's a great & less intimidating start than traditional patterns.
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