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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Questions on: February 27, 2012 09:58:40 AM
My boyfriend said I need a hobby. In time he will learn to regret that statement.

I'm not new to sewing. I've been creating and designing with fabrics since I was 6, and got my first sewing machine when I was 8. I started making my own doll clothes patterns when I was 9, but somewhere along the way I stopped practicing. Over the last few years all I've made were hammocks for my rats (really complex, multi-level hammocks mind you). I'm very rusty, but not a novice when it comes to thread and needles.

For years I've been talking about learning to make my own renaissance dresses, and that is my ultimate end goal. But for now, I'd like to start from the basics - general everyday clothes made from patterns - starting with PJs. I'll be making my own body form (a duct tape model) to help me get started.

With my tax return coming in, and no more pesky car payment (who needs a car, anyways?) I can begin purchasing all of the necessities for my new/old hobby! I am clueless where to begin and literally starting from scratch here, so that's where I need help. My last sewing machine was a late 70's/early 80's model, and I'm sure they've become both more complex and simple through the years.

* What is a good beginner's sewing machine? I'd like to keep it in the <$150 range.
* What other necessities am I going to need? (And I mean EVERYTHING. I don't even own an iron.)
* What are the best space saving storage containers for everything?
* From your experience, what are the best patterns to begin with?
* What are easy fabrics to work with, and as a newbie what should I avoid?
* Is there a website to translate "technical terms" applied to sewing? (i.e. What is a princess seam?)
* What is the best way to keep your cat out of your sewing supplies? My "sewing room" doubles as the His Highness's sleeping quarters. "Removing the cat" is not an option. Tongue
Any other useful links, comments, help is welcome and much appreciated. Thanks! =)
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