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« on: May 27, 2011 04:56:36 PM »

I'm new to sewing period and can't afford to buy a decent sewing machine (even a used one) let alone store it. I was wondering if anyone tell me about some cheap altenatives I could use in the mean time to get me started sewing until I can get a good sewing machine? Also if anyone can tell me about some good hand sewing and embroidery tutorials for beginners?  I want to try my hand at that as well. I want to start working on easy projects for clothes, bags, acessories and other sewn goods that dont require anything fancy. Thanks!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011 11:49:15 PM »

I taught myself how to sew by hand, and I am sure you can too. It isn't that hard, but it's hard enough so that when you master it, you will feel great because it is a rewarding skill.

Go to the library and check out every book on sewing that you can carry home, especially the Readers Digest books and the quilting books. Even if you don't want to make a quilt, those books always teach you a ton of hand stitches. Then read all of them, and try out everything that you think you can do. That is the best way to learn :   )
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011 06:32:02 AM »

dThank you for the suggestions!!! I'm going to try these out!!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011 11:18:58 AM »

There are three hand sewing stitches that you need to know that will take you as far (even further really) than any sewing machine.

Basting stitches, running stitches, and back stitches. I've posted before on these so you can search within my comments or look them up on Google. These are the basic sewing stitches and not only are they easy to master but I honestly feel they make your projects much simpler and faster than with use of a sewing machine

If you're going to be making clothing I recommend using French seams only because they are very strong (to supplement the sometimes not-so-strong quality of hand stitches) and they look very professional.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011 03:23:02 PM »

Just a thought - you might check out thrift stores, especially the Goodwill stores in your area, and you might just get a heck of a deal.  Check out garage sales and estate sales - A friend of mine bought a sewing machine (Brother brand) at a garage sales two summers ago for under $50.00.  It was good machine too.  She was in the same place you are now - just starting out, didn't have a lot of money to invest.  Be sure you have them plug the machine in and run it, so you can see that the needle goes up and down and the machine actually runs. You could check the Craig's Lists in your area too - sometimes if an elderly lady has passed, her family is just looking to get rid of things, for a little bit of cash.  You might find sewing notions and tools, fabric, patterns, too.  I'm always finding sewing stuff at garage sales, and even fabric at the Goodwill store here - it is $0.59 for fabric - no matter how many yards, etc.  I am willing to pack a sandwich to take to work (instead of eating out at lunch), in order to get my fix - sewing stuff, quilting stuff.  It's amazing how much money you'll have just by taking your lunch to work!  If you do happen on a good deal from a sale or thrift store, you can check online with the machine's manufacturer about maintenance, cleaning and oiling your machine, etc.  And if you are able to save some cash, Walmart has good machines - My mom was a tailor and sewed my and my sisters' clothes the whole time we were growing up - she had the same Singer for years and years (at least 30+).  I've had a Singer forever too.  They are good machines and Singer stands behind them, so will Walmart.  Good luck.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011 09:19:01 AM »

Thank you all so much!!!! I have started using alot you your suggestion and they are really helping!!!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011 03:44:55 PM »

What can you afford?  Vintage machines are frequently pretty cheap.  A lot of people find them at yardsales, although I never have.  But you can sometimes find good deals on Craigslist too (although you can also find some delusionally expensive listings too.. there's a very long thread on that in PatternReview's sewing machines section.)
I know one person who swears by her $89 Brother machine from Walmart too, though I've never actually used one. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011 10:37:49 AM »

What about thrift stores or garage sales? I am constantly seeing machines for around $20
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