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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any help welcome for a new girl please on: December 20, 2005 11:38:01 AM
I'm a born-again sewer too. I've only ever followed one pattern and that was for a high school sewing class. I've never had a machine but I just bought one for myself the other day. The simple, no pattern projects I'm starting with are:

-catnip filled square sacks/ pillows (the cats LOVE these, I swear my cats are catnip junkies)
-an apron

Then I'm going to do a bigger, major project like a cat bed.

Some tools:
-sissors (I read you can sharpen them by cutting up a fine grain piece of sand paper)
-seam ripper (yeah, I used it a couple times on my apron when I accidentally sewed over 3 pieces of fabric instead of 2, heh. These come in REAL handy)
-multiple sized needles (I bought this cool multi-colored thread and realized when I got home that it required a heavy needle, luckily my sewing machine came with 2 of each size needle!)
-pins and pin cushin (I'm currently using a little stuffed animal but I plan to make one of those wrist cushins)

Since you're a new sewer, I'll point out that you need to buy your needles and bobbins for your particular machine. They have numbers that correlate. (This is one of those things sales people forget to tell you and then you waste a bunch of money on the wrong type needles).

From my own search on these forums about newbie sewing I found that there are lots of easy patterns and they often go on sale for a dollar or two. Then I went to the store and sure enough, lots of easy patterns, but they weren't on sale that day Sad The hard ones were on sale. The easy patterns are marked "easy" or "sew easy" or "basic" or something like that.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: A good book for a newbie sewer? on: December 20, 2005 11:23:30 AM
I did a search on this topic in these forums and on Amazon and I found these books were recommended:

Sew Fast Sew Easy : All You Need to Know When You Start to Sew  by Elissa K. Meyrich
Sewing 101: A Beginner's Guide to Sewing  by The Editors of Creative Publishing international
Simplicity: Simply the Best Sewing Book by Anne Marie Soto
The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by The Editors of Creative Publishing international

I can't say if they're any good since I haven't read them yet. But I plan to get 'em off Amazon or go to the library.
Hope this helps Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: apron on: December 20, 2005 11:15:43 AM
Thanks, Star!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / apron on: December 20, 2005 12:06:23 AM
Here is my first sewing project with my first sewing machine. I took a sewing class in high school, but only made one dress and some scrunchies. I haven't had a sewing machine ever!

Here is my apron!

It has a moose, a bear, a bunny, and a tree.
Here is the moose:

Tutorial if anyone is interested in this simple project:

3/4 to 1 yard of fabric
misc fabric squares
multi-colored thread
5-6 yards of bias tape
sewing machine Smiley

cut the fabric into 1/2 yard, you will use the remainder for pockets
cut off about 6 inches of the length
Then cut off the corners to make the apron shape
sew bias tape around all edges and leave extra tape for neck loop and waste tie
sew on applicaes
sew on pockets
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: monster shoe on: December 19, 2005 08:40:08 PM
These are awesome!
Good work
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my homecoming dress made completely from neckties! on: December 19, 2005 08:31:39 PM
Wow, that is really cute! I love it.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flower-pot pens. W. TUTORIAL! on: December 18, 2005 07:03:43 PM
I just made these! I made about 7 of them. I used florist tape, though, rather than ribbon.
The ball points that you can take the end out work MUCH better than any other kind of pen, but I was successful with other pens too.
I put my flower pens into an ince cream glass I got at the thrift store. It looks like a flower vase.
Instead of sand or marbles, I used river rocks I had left over from another project.
THey look really cute!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: domain name and web hosting? advice please! on: December 18, 2005 06:55:57 PM
You can use http://www.otisworks.com/ to register domain names, purchase hosting plans, email addresses, the works!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Married Crafsters Please Help! Wedding Photographers are #@$%^ Expensive! on: December 17, 2005 05:40:51 PM
Hi all, just wanted to share my wedding photography story.

We had a total of 4 photographers.

We paid big bucks for a "bridal shoot" where we dressed up in our wedding attire and took photos pre-wedding. Those are THE BEST photos of the entire bunch and we've used them for numerous things! I HIGHLY recommend a good photographer and also recommend getting some photos of you when you're not so stressed out/drunk/excited...

On the wedding day, we had two photographers. One came with our ceremony package and the other was someone I met on Craigslist who wanted to build her portfolio so she offered to do it for free. The Craigslist photos were better than the package photos, but both were stiffer and not even close to the bridal shoot photos. The reasons were: 1) they had lower quality cameras (high quality, but not as high) and 2) the weather on our ceremony day wasn't as beautiful as it was on the bridal shoot day. The skys were gray and the wind was fierce.

Then, at our reception, we had a third photographer. He was a photographer teacher at my local college. His pictures were by far the worst of the bunch. He simply didn't follow directions and just took off half-way through.

Hope this helps Smiley
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