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« on: April 17, 2011 06:15:33 PM »

I'm very new to sewing, and since I don't have a sewing machine I am pretty limited. So far I've made a pie out of felt and an octopus (a really bad idea). Is there anything easy you guys can recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011 09:42:05 PM »

If you're only hand sewing and need a little practice, how about doing this. Get an old shirt, like a t-shirt, that you don't care much for, or think it may have a little potential. One thing all t-shirts need is to be taken in a little and given shape so that they fit nicer on the body. Get a few pins and something to mark the fabric with. Put it on inside out and pull on the fabric, on your sides, where in could be taken in, and mark on the front and back. Stitch from the armpit down in an hourglass shape, both sides. Cut off the excess and turn right side out. Fitted T! Fast and easy. With hand sewing, make sure to use a thimble so you're not bloodied up. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011 11:22:33 AM »

Hi there, I love to hand sew & I make things totally all hand sewing. One thing that's not to hard is a little bag. Cut a 6"x 6"  or 8"x 8" square & you can line it or not up to you. I like to line them just make 2 bags same size Just sew all around but leave the top open & have one right side out & other one wrong side out & put the wrong out one in the other one. Fold down 1/4" to 1/2" all around the top & I put in a hair elastic band in the middle of where you want to fold over the top,  mark which side especially if you have different fabrics. Then sew all around the top either straight stitch or whip stitch. Iron it & fold over top & Mark where you want your button & then it's all done. Have fun. Pm me if you need any more help! Hope that helps.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011 11:15:41 AM »

What you really need to pay attention to is the stitches you're using.

Long "in and out" stitches are called "basting" stitches and you use those to hold your fabric together to test out the pattern. If you're making clothing this is a life saver because you can test out fit without spending hours on tiny stitches only to tear them all out if you make a mistake!

Second is the "running" stitch which is exactly like the basting stitch but smaller. Running stitches are strong but I wouldn't use them in the construction of a garment just because there are stronger stitches to use. If you you are interested in doing running stitches to begin with then supplement the stitch by using a stronger seam such as the "French" seam or the "flat felled" seam which is the strongest seam you can use (it's on the sides of your blue jeans).

Third is the "back" stitch which is the strongest stitch you can do by hand. It's a little hard to explain how to do the back stitch just by words alone so I suggest you look up a video.

There are other stitches for other purposes but you won't need those just yet. Practice these stitches with a simple project and you'll be making bags and clothes or anything really in no time. They are very easy to master and honestly I think they are much faster than sewing with a machine.
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