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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2010 09:55:23 PM »

This is one of the first projects I did: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-cover-for-your-sewing-machine/2009/06/05/

Haha, it's not clothing, but it's fast and easy, and has that great feeling of satisfaction when you finish! Plus, with clothing you notice mistakes more, so this is a great first project.
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010 04:18:27 PM »

My best advice is to try Joann Fabrics when they're having a 50% off red-tag sale, or some of the online fabric stores that have big sales (I looove fabricmartfabrics.com, but they don't have a huge selection and what they have varies massively, it all depends on what they've recently gotten cheaply) and get some fabrics that are nice enough that you'd wear them if your project comes out well, but cheap enough that it won't be devastating to ruin them.  Sewing is something you mainly learn by just doing, and having cheap fabric that I like is one of the most effective ways of getting myself to keep doing it. 
And don't get suckered into buying cheap patterns.  Buy the good ones that actually work. 

« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2010 09:10:00 AM »

Everyone has shared great advice so far.

Definitely get some of that cheap clearance fabric so you won't care if you screw it up!! Great tip!!

Also, when selecting your first pattern to use, I'd highly recommend NOT doing something with a zipper. You'll get to those soon enough, but they can be frustrating to try to figure out when you're a newbie.

Try this baby block tutorial from Happy Together to get used to sewing seams and piecing things together: http://ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com/2008/12/handmade-christmas-gift-idea-8-quilt.html

Good luck!
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2010 01:03:13 PM »

These are terrific suggestions:

I'd suggest sewing up a bag. You can line it, or not. There's no fitting required. It doesn't need pleats, or gathers. It's fairly easy. You could use it for a grocery bag afterward, if you wished. (Or a Library Book bag, or a day bag, or a bag to send with your friend, who came over to borrow ... whatever.)

My favorite sewing book is "Sewing for Dummies" by Jan ... Somebody-or-the-other. It's in it's 2nd edition. It's a terrific sewing book.

Sharp Needles. (Sew-er's speak for "good luck.")

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