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« on: April 20, 2006 03:47:51 PM »

It's small ( the mini dressmaker)
 and it can only do a straight basic stitch.can I still make the same clothes a regular sewing machine can make or is it kinda like a trial and error kind of thing??


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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006 05:52:23 PM »

well, i'm not sure that machine particularly is up to the task, but you can definitely make ANYTHING with just a straight stitch machine.  get an OLD sewing instruction book on ebay--by old i mean something published during and immediately after WW2--it will explain in complete detail everything you need to know to sew clothing, home decor, etc, using only a straight stitch.  if you need suggestions, look for anything by constance talbot or edna bishop.  also, look for the 1961 edition of the better homes and garden sewing book, it is hands down the best book in more modern construction techniques ever printed.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006 06:29:35 PM »

i dont know anything about that machine but i dont usually use more than a straight stitch.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006 11:32:13 AM »

well, i'm not sure that machine particularly is up to the task, but you can definitely make ANYTHING with just a straight stitch machine.  get an OLD sewing instruction book on ebay--by old i mean something published during and immediately after WW2--it will explain in complete detail everything you need to know to sew clothing, home decor, etc, using only a straight stitch.  if you need suggestions, look for anything by constance talbot or edna bishop.  also, look for the 1961 edition of the better homes and garden sewing book, it is hands down the best book in more modern construction techniques ever printed.

Rostitchery I am your follower.. Grin hahah. Seriously..you are a great helper!
 Budget is limited...as we all know..is there a best book to buy from the authors you mention above?
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006 12:12:41 PM »

honestly, my all-time favorite sewing book is the better homes and gardens book but ONLY the 1961 edition--i don't care for the later editions.  but the BHG books uses a zz stitch so it isn't useful if your machine only does straight stitch.

talbot's books have more design ideas than bishop's, but bishop's books have photos and talbot's only have illustrations.  both are VERY COMPLETE manuals.

currently on ebay there are also TWO EDITIONS of a classic patternmaking book by harriet pepin, the bidding on those might get out of hand because this book is kind of rare and very valuable to anybody who truly wants to understand modern patternmaking from a historical perspective.  only bid on it if you simply MUST have it in its original format--the contents of the book itself is available for free online at

 http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-toc-long.html

but there is something about having the real book in hand that can never be replaced by a webpage.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2006 05:27:44 PM »

currently on ebay there are also TWO EDITIONS of a classic patternmaking book by harriet pepin, the bidding on those might get out of hand because this book is kind of rare and very valuable to anybody who truly wants to understand modern patternmaking from a historical perspective.  only bid on it if you simply MUST have it in its original format--the contents of the book itself is available for free online at

 http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-toc-long.html

but there is something about having the real book in hand that can never be replaced by a webpage.
If you can get this book without remortgaging, DO IT. I found mine on abebooks.com for a very reasonable price and I swear I've used this book sooooo many more times than all my other sewing books combined. It shows you how to take a regular pattern and exactly what you need to do to it to make a million different sleeve, skirt, collar, hem, etc variations. A few of the variations are really strange and I doubt were even in fashion in the 40s, but the other 95% of the book is just as applicable today as it was then. My regular-to-puffy sleeve skillz came directly from this book, for instance!

And it's just as useful if you've got a full sewing machine!
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2006 04:26:00 PM »

Thankz for the help
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