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McJulie-O
« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2006 03:12:43 PM »


 you need good scissors, (good sharp ones, and don't use them for anything but sewing!) pins and pin cushion,


Echo the good scissors part especially.

HINT: Hide your sewing scissors so that NO one can use them for anything else (NO EXCUSES! Train YOURSELF to not use them except for sewing, not even a LITTLE bit!) You may need to buy some decoy scissors (buy a half dozen or so  Roll Eyes at the dollar store or when they go on sale at Hobby Lobby!  Roll Eyes) and keep them around to keep siblings and parents away from your good sewing scissors, especially when they find your secret hiding place (BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN ALWAYS FIND SCISSORS THERE!!!!  Tongue)   Mark your good scissors so there is NO WAY they can pretend they got hold of them accidentally..   Angry

Good pins are awfully nice, too. I had been sewing with cheap-O pins for YEARS before I discovered the difference that really good ones make.
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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2006 03:40:13 AM »


 you need good scissors, (good sharp ones, and don't use them for anything but sewing!) pins and pin cushion,


Echo the good scissors part especially.

HINT: Hide your sewing scissors so that NO one can use them for anything else (NO EXCUSES! Train YOURSELF to not use them except for sewing, not even a LITTLE bit!) You may need to buy some decoy scissors (buy a half dozen or so  Roll Eyes at the dollar store or when they go on sale at Hobby Lobby!  Roll Eyes) and keep them around to keep siblings and parents away from your good sewing scissors, especially when they find your secret hiding place (BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN ALWAYS FIND SCISSORS THERE!!!!  Tongue)   Mark your good scissors so there is NO WAY they can pretend they got hold of them accidentally..   Angry

Good pins are awfully nice, too. I had been sewing with cheap-O pins for YEARS before I discovered the difference that really good ones make.

I have FABRIC ONLY written on mine in large letters with permanent marker! I also keep lots and lots of other scissors around and I try to keep my fabric scissors in a designated spot. I have a coffee cup in my sewing sector with my seam ripper, sliding ruler thingie, and other supplies. I keep the fabric scissors in there so if someone uses them they had to go get them! But, I have to admit, right now they are on the ironing board.  Better go put them in their "spot" right now!
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shelleibean
« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2006 04:53:32 AM »

i've had my sewing machine for 7 years and JUST got a disappearing ink pen. i guess it's used for quilting? but I'm finding it indespensible as i've been using this awful marking pencil - anyway its helpful when you need to see where to sew. 
oh! machine oil, if oyu dont already have some- i believe someo ne already mentioned it but if it's been sitting around for a while a good cleaning/oiling should help you avoid a few snafus.  my machine came with a little brush and screwdriver for cleaning and taking things apart -also very handy for when bobbin thread goes all wonky on me.

probably the best advice would be to play with it for awhile before you start a project you have your heart set on-the tension? used to mess me up alot in begining.
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« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2006 08:04:09 AM »

i've had my sewing machine for 7 years and JUST got a disappearing ink pen. i guess it's used for quilting? but I'm finding it indespensible as i've been using this awful marking pencil - anyway its helpful when you need to see where to sew. 

oh! machine oil, if oyu dont already have some- i believe someo ne already mentioned it but if it's been sitting around for a while a good cleaning/oiling should help you avoid a few snafus.  my machine came with a little brush and screwdriver for cleaning and taking things apart -also very handy for when bobbin thread goes all wonky on me.

Disappearing ink pens!  I use these all the time for transferring markings onto the fabric (ie. dots that need to be matched, or dart sewing lines).  They work well except on dark fabrics.

As for the sewing machine oil--if you use it be careful not to use too much.  you only need a tiny drop on the moving parts.  Otherwise you could make a huge mess.
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McJulie-O
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2006 08:30:51 AM »


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Disappearing ink pens!

Never lick a disappearing ink pen! It will disappear!  Roll Eyes

Actually the ink won't work anymore.
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IamSusie
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2006 09:21:48 AM »

Don't count on a disapearing ink pen on a humid day.

Also, be sure you sewing machine is the kind that actually needs oil  Mine is not supposed to ever get oil.

Clean that lint out often! 
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« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2006 05:45:50 AM »

after you have needles appropriate for your machine and thread appropriate for your fabric, the only other thing a seamstress needs is a good reference book. 

everything else is extra.


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« Reply #37 on: November 26, 2006 07:19:48 PM »

I've been sewing for a long time,
but i've never actually done it "right", for lack of better words to say.

i never use patters, never cut things straight, etc.
i know there's really nothing wrong with that, but i'd like to be able to actually find a pattern i like and execute it nicely.

what are some things i'm going to need.
right now, all i have is a sewing machine, tracing paper, and a tracing wheel, really.

what should i get in terms of tools.
thanks!
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saralynne
« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2006 07:30:24 PM »

I'm gonna guess you have a pair of scissors.  Smiley

You will also use:
-pins
-tape measure
-Iron & ironing board
-tailors chalk or making pencil

Depending what it is you want to make, there are sure to be other things you need too.

I recommend some sort of small brush to clean your machine with too, if you dont own one already.
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« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2006 07:34:53 PM »

And I seam ripper!
Also I love my clear view ruler.
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