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cbradio
« on: May 20, 2004 10:45:37 AM »

Ok, so my parents just brought me my grandmother's old sewing machine.  She has parkinsons and can't keep her hands steady enough to use it anymore.  I haven't done any major sewing projects since I was in high school and I pretty much taught myself from watching my mom sew figuring out how clothes were put together. 

I want to start making clothes and tote bags and such, but I want to do it properly.  I just ordered the Sew Fast Sew Easy book, but I was wondering if there are any other good referrence books available for new sewers.  Also, are their any pattern brands that people prefer?  Where do you go for fabric that doesn't look like belongs on the set of country living magazine?  Does anyone know of any cheap fabric places in the boston area?

Whoa, a lot of questions.  I just wanna do it right this time.
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2004 12:27:51 PM »

i like kwik sew and stretch and sew patterns
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2004 12:47:20 PM »

Let's Sew: A Beginner's Sewing Guide by Nancy Luedtke Zieman is a great book. The pictures really help!
 
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2004 01:16:39 PM »

Wow I think you read my mind! I was going to post the same question today! I look forward to replies.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2004 01:55:18 PM »

I've gotten a couple of old vintage sewing books that are jampacked with all the little details you would ever need to know. Check your local used bookstore or thrift store. They have more useful info than newer books, I've found.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2004 06:49:04 PM »

The complete book of sewing

Make your own patterns by Rene Burgh
Beyond drafting my own,
I love vogue patterns.


your grandmother may not be able to run the machine on her own anymore, but she can definately help you do so! I'd say it'd be a good way to spend some quality tyime with her- and since I'd assume she's been sewing a long time- she'll definately have planty of sewing tips and wisdom to pass along:)
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2004 08:08:07 AM »

Great.  Thanks for the suggestions.

I wish I could learn from my Grandmother, but she's in Pennsylvania and I'm in Boston, so it's not easy to visit her, and she's lost so much of her mind from the Parkinsons and Alzhimers.  It's sad, but being able to connect with her through the things she's used is wonderful.  She's definitely getting one of my first projects.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2004 03:34:30 PM »

my mom bought me a reader's digest guide to sewing book. i know there's a couple of different versions, you can probably check them out at the library. it's got lots of pictures. i remember it showing all the different types of bobbin mechanisms on sewing machines. i found it helpful when i didn't have someone around who knew what they were doing.

i do find it interesting and wonderful that most of us learn how to sew from someone else. whenever people bring up sewing they often mention who taught them, so that person is always remembered as a teacher
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2004 07:51:36 PM »

wow... um to behonest nobody actually taught me...
My mother quilted when I was really little... I can't quilt to save my life
My mentor for my druidic/pagan studies did a lot of needlecraft and hand sewing, but never really taught me much...
I'm a hands on gal and most of the time would rather learn by doing or being shown rather than by reading books or that sort of thing, but my sewing knowledge came from books, trial and error, and the push to make some clothes I'd be proud to wear.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2004 07:37:24 AM »

oh rock on. i taught myself to knit, although i often have to ask the my lys lady a question. it's definitely a good feeling when you teach yourself stuff. people always look at me funny when i tell them i taught myself to knit.

 but i am completely lacking in any knack to sew. i really needed someone to help me. for some reason it's always been hard for me. it took me forever to figure out how clothes are put together. luckily i had this fantastic costume prof. who finally made it all make sense. she was patient and was proud of me when i made even the smallest thing work. i'm am eternally greatful.
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