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« on: August 17, 2008 08:18:24 AM »

Wow, everytime I look through Hottest New Topics, or Most Recent With Pics, I just cannot BELIEVE the amazing clothing that comes up that some say are "So simple" or "easy". Everything is so beautiful!!!
So, I'm inspired enough that I would like to maybe try some things, but lol, my dad finished my home ec. project for me years agoo b/c I was not too great at sewing . . that was like 9 years ago though
How did you all learn? From relatives and such? Anyone learn through classes? Maybe that's what I should try!

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008 10:31:51 AM »

I just want to chime in here and agree, you all are fabulous with the clothes you create!
I never use to check this section of the board but now I love to come see what you all have made.

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 12:48:49 PM »

I'm learning by doing.  I learned as a girl and then finally got my own machine and have been sewing clothes on and off for years, just very simple things.  I feel I have a lot to learn about fitting and design, so that's what I'm trying to concentrate on now.  I think sewing clothes is rather difficult though I do a lot of sewing professionally (I'm a specialty costume maker), mostly by hand.  My machine sewing skills leave a lot to be desired!  I'm inspired every day by what I see here.

So my advice is, just go ahead and get started!  Take a class or maybe buy a book, or just read and practice from tutorials here.  Smiley


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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008 04:46:04 PM »

I taught myself a lot of stuff by reading books and trial and error, but most of what I learned was from spending summers costuming for summer stock theater.  It was like getting paid for going to school.  Very bad pay, in case you were wondering. 

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008 05:26:36 PM »

when i was a kid, i learned through a class at the big fabric store in town. i'm a classroom-learner, so it was perfect for me. my mom also taught me a lot and i would learn by doing as well. if i wanted to be a ______ for halloween, i would get the pattern and fabric and my mom would help me if i needed it.

recently, i've taken lessons at a great place in san francisco called stitch lounge. it helped me a lot! if you're the type of person that works well in a structured environment, it's a really helpful way to learn. most sewing class places have machines, too, so you can figure out if it's really a hobby you want to pick up without spending a bunch of money on a machine.

i also definitely recommend just trying. start with patterns that say "easy." some people start without patterns, but i'm hopeless without everything being spelled out for me. if a friend has a machine, just bring some scrap fabric over and play around with his/her machine. there's a bunch of great books, my favorite is by the same people i took classes from. they're all about reconstructing clothing and starting with the basics:


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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2008 05:56:11 PM »

I learned mostly from books and patterns.  My mom sews, but I never really picked it up when I was living at home.  I did the basic home ec stuff, but stuck to jewelry, polymer clay, and whatnot as my hobbies.  I finally picked up sewing a couple of years ago in my early 20's when I decided to sew my own wedding dress.   Wink  Yes, I might be a little bit nuts, but it actually worked out pretty well.

I started by checking out a couple of basic sewing books from my local library, getting to know my machine by stitching on cheap poly/cotton fabric remnants, and starting with a simple pattern.  A drawstring or elastic waist skirt is a good choice, but any of those patterns marked "Learn to Sew," "Fast and Easy," "Easy 1 hour," etc, are usually good choices (keeping in mind that a "1 hour" garment might take a lot more than that!).  Just look for something with only a few pieces and mostly straight seams.  I would start on a pattern designed for woven fabrics, not knits because knits are a little tricky.  For wovens, stick to fabrics that aren't shiny or slippery.  The quilting section has a lot of cottons that are great for starting out.

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008 04:22:37 PM »

I learned all by myself.
It all started with my first sewing machine, almost 1 year ago. Learnt how it worked with the manual, then I looked on Internet for tutorials.

Went to buy Fabric, zippers, thread, and small project like Pencil cases, tote bags and such to learn all the basics.
When I was comfortable enough, I bought a pattern and tried it out. (That was 2-3 weeks ago! Cheesy I haven't be sewing very much the first 4 months, thought.)

Everything went fine (But I learned that very leightweigthed fabric is a PAIN to cut!!) and I'm now moving into more serious clothing projects!

No classes, no books, only self-experimenting and tutorials/pattern.
But it was long. But I don't regret it at all! ♥
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2008 11:51:37 AM »

When I was really young, my mom helped me handsew things for my stuffed animals. She also sewed costumes for me occasionally and I learned a little about machine sewing then. (That machine broke all the time and wasn't too fun to learn on!) I aquired the greatest portion of my skill recently when I bought a sewing machine. I've been using it over a year and I just started out slow, making simple things out of scraps. I've progressed onto owning a serger and making more compliated things.

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