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Topic: I Got A Sewing Machine for Xmas... What Now?  (Read 1234 times)
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« on: December 26, 2004 05:16:58 PM »

For Christmas, I got a sewing machine! It's a Necchi 3577 and it's a great machine. I don't need help usingit or anything... the place my mom bought it said they'd show me all the features if I call ahead and stop by their store. When I opened my stocking, I found a $25.00 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics. I don't plan on spending ALL that cash on fabric (though I admit that may happen...  Embarrassed). I want to leave the store with all the basic things I need. Here's what I plan to get:

But what else? If any savvy sewers could tell me some tools I need to start sewing, that would be great. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2004 05:53:07 PM »

I got a sewing machine for christmas too !!!

I have a bunch of vintage sewing books and these are a few of the staples they suggest:

a good pair of bent handled scissors
pinking shears
embroidery scissors
six or eight inch ruler
tape measure
a seam guide
seam ripper
some extra bobbins
a good iron and ironing surface

I know that the first thing I would buy would be a good pair of scissors.

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2004 06:38:51 AM »

Check out the starter kits.  It contains most of your basic sewing tools.
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2004 07:08:13 AM »

Extra bobbins and lots of different colored thread.
My neice just got a machine for Christmas and her present from me was:

extra bobbins
hand needles
measuring tape
good scissors
and an organizer box to keep it all in.
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2004 07:58:11 AM »

Obviously your Joanns certificate won't cover this, but the one thing I think is so important is an iron. Ironing while you sew makes the difference between something looking homemade or not. I have a pair of pinking shears, but never use them. Unfortunately a seam ripper is a must have  Cheesy               
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