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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / New Sewer - Overwhelmed :-/ on: January 07, 2011 03:44:11 AM
Hi everyone I'm pretty new to sewing... I did sewing for home ec in high school, but that's about it. Always been really interested in it, but hand sewing frustrates me to no end, and I've never had access to a sewing machine growing up, so havn't ever really done it. The other day I bought a basic sewing machine, I can sew in a straight line and stuff, and I've made a little pincushion, a wheat pack and a softie, but I am pretty keen to start making clothes.

I know to start off small, with things like PJ pants and simple skirts, but I am just feeling like I'll never get anywhere with this, like I don't know how I am ever going to get to the point where I can sew with confidence. Basically I am just overwhelmed. I borrowed some books from the library that teach you how to do pretty much everything... Some of the things in there, I just think "How in the world do people do this" Lol... Does everyone feel this way at the start? I guess there is alot to learn, but how long do you think it takes most people to get a good idea of how to do most things? I feel like it's going to take me a couple of decades just to learn how to make a blouse from a pattern!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Refursbishing pine writing desk? on: February 10, 2010 06:13:50 PM
I have an old pine writing desk that I found on the side of the road a few months ago:

(Excuse the tools on it, it's being kept in our garden shed)

It has a kind of bread box sliding curved lid thing which is what the two handles at the top are for. I'm planning on just knocking that out coz I hate it, and I love those little compartments at the back for me to put knick knacks in. Smiley

I really really want to paint it white and decoupage some pretty paper on the drawer fronts and the backs of those compartments. But everywhere I go people tell me that I should just stain it a darker colour because it will be too hard to sand it back and paint it white. You can't really tell from the pictures, but it's only a really light coating of stain, you can see the individual brush strokes. It's like the people who did it have just done it lightly to give it a bit of an antique look.

I just really want it to be white because I want to place it in my spare room and the rest of the furniture is white. Plus I think it will look so pretty in white, with the nice paper to give it a bit of colour.

 Can anyone advise me what I should do? Like how to get rid of the existing stain, what type of primer to use etc. Would it be okay to paint it with a semi-gloss spray paint, coz I can tell it's going to be hard to get into the nooks and crannies. Huh

Thanks heaps,

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