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« on: May 25, 2017 09:46:46 AM »

Hi

I think my questions could be silly because I am completely new to sewing and don't have much help at hand. I also do not have a sewing machine yet but I spend hours getting fascinated by sewing tutorials.
I wish to recreate a basic top and just want to know what are the technicalities involved- means what kind of stitch is being done (I know this may sound silly) on neck, sleeves area and the back area with buttons. I would really appreciate your help and if possible any video tutorials related to the kind of work that's being done on the top.

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2017 12:23:04 PM »

I see darts, those are the shaping bits at the waist. Also bias binding around the neck, armholes and at the hem. Those are double stitched (that means stitched around twice separately, it's not a fancy thing and not necessary, just done for a visual appeal). Gathers or small pleats at the neckline. It looks like the back has a placket for buttons which was inserted without a seam down the back.

This looks like more of an intermediate garment to me than beginner. You might have good luck checking out patterns at the shop, they usually come with difficulty ratings. I can't over emphasize the value of classes for learning a whole lot of tips and tricks that might take years to figure out on your own. Maybe there is a stitcher in your community willing to show you a few things, ask around. And best of luck!
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I think it's great you're interested in learning how to sew!

Here are some resources that might be useful for you. I am building a business based on teaching others to sew, so I am constantly looking for resources that would be helpful for beginners.

In general, if you'll be doing most sewing by hand, you'll want to master the BACK STITCH. This is a basic, sturdy stitch that will keep your seams together.

And whatever you start sewing, I recommend you start small with simple projects. Tote bags, aprons, and drawstring pouches are a good start.

Hope some of these can help!

https://www.marthastewart.com/1504764/handy-sewing-stitches-fix-tailor-anything

https://www.thespruce.com/easy-patterns-to-learn-and-to-teach-2977519

https://www.thespruce.com/before-you-learn-how-to-sew-2977484

Good luck!
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