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« Reply #110 on: September 30, 2009 12:38:53 AM »

Thanks Pyro!
what is the interfacing you are talking about?

Yes def need more bobbins... have about 3 and sick of rewinding new colours loL!!


« Reply #111 on: September 30, 2009 06:21:12 AM »

I am so pleased you posted this thread Cheesy
I am getting my new sewing machine & I was going to ask the same question as I am new to all of this as well.
Never even thought about the extra  bobbins lol.
« Reply #112 on: October 06, 2009 03:21:57 PM »

  Hi, i have seam rippers, needles, scissors, I have 19 bobbins, lol all full, rulers, pins of all sizes, 2 sewing machines, 1 industrial overlock and one home sewing machine, pin cushions, some home made,  lots of sewing books, rottary cutters, threads, sewing baskets etc.  I just don't have a sewing room  Sad
« Reply #113 on: December 29, 2009 08:37:47 PM »

A roll of the paper that they use at the doctors office on the exam table. Its great for tracing patterns or making your own and is a lot more durable than tracing paper. The stiff plastic for making templates that is sold at Joann's. I used to to create pattern pieces for my coinpurses and cosmetic pouches. Clear plastic boxes to store your stash and notions in. You will be able to see what is in the box without digging through everything. A thread stand that you can set serger thread on so that you can use it in your sewing machine.

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« Reply #114 on: January 05, 2010 06:50:07 PM »

a magnetic bingo wand-  I use it to pick up pins when they land on the floor

I rescued it from the trash , my mother was about to throw it out because bingo halls went computer and no longer use chips

« Reply #115 on: January 24, 2010 01:43:17 PM »

I am new to the sewing world too and really appreciate the help that is offered here among each other. There are truely some great ideas here.  Grin
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« Reply #116 on: August 13, 2010 05:56:28 PM »

great thread Cheesy i'm getting my mothers brand new sewing machine in three weeks!  can't wait I'm an absolute beginner.  Read through all the posts, fantastic advice

Can anyone recommend any good websites for sewing?  I know this website is great but there are 1000s of posts and I want a website that looks at basics


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« Reply #117 on: August 31, 2010 12:25:08 PM »

I found the videos on Thread Magazine's Teach Yourself to Sew section to be pretty useful.

Most of my essential tools have already been mentioned, but here's some of the ones I'd highlight:

  • Something to trace your pattern onto. Freezer paper, parchment paper, doctor's office exam paper, tracing paper... whatever you can get your hands on.  I buy tracing paper by the roll from the art supply store near my house.  A huge roll (42" x 20 yards) costs me about $13, and it's big enough to trace almost any pattern piece.
  • Cheap thread.  I know someone else said not to buy cheap thread, but it's useful for hand-basting, gathering, and making your muslin.  I *only* use cheap dollar-bin thread when I'm basting, because it's so much easier to take out when I'm done.  Besides, why waste my good thread on stitches that will get ripped out anyway?
  • Clothes pegs.  I use these to clip my tracing paper to the pattern I'm tracing so the paper doesn't shift.
  • Fray Check.  It's a liquid that can save your project when a woven fabric starts to get unruly and unravel!
  • Spare needles.  I have several different types of needles on hand for different fabrics.  You should change your needles often; a good guide is to always start a project with a fresh needle.
  • A makeup brush.  To brush away the lint that builds up on my machine.  Be careful to always brush in strokes moving *away* from the motor and moving parts of your machine.
  • A lint roller.  For picking up any stray loose threads from my work area after a project is done.  (It saves in vet bills, as my kitties like to play with and sometimes eat threads they see lying around.)
  • Stuff for straight seams.  Some machines have threaded holes where you can attach a seam guide - I have one and I use it for almost every project.  If you don't have one, you can measure out the seam allowance and just tape something on to your machine to help guide the fabric.  I also use a 1/4" seam foot quite a bit for hems and topstitching, as well as for quilting.

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« Reply #118 on: October 28, 2010 12:04:28 PM »

I live in no-craftshop land, ie rural ireland. So I don't get to wander into my local joannes and see cool fab new tools that would save me loads of time. If I knew about them I could order them online, but it strikes me that there might be lots of labour saving tools on the market that I don't know about. And of course for newbies, it would be great to know what really makes life easier.

My essential ones are the obvious ones like a decent sewing machine that works and isn't too hormonal.
Many tape measures (I always put stuff down and can't find it again)
I buy lots of cheap scissors and I have a sharpener, that way I always have a scissors to hand and a way of sharpening them
Seam rippers..I had loads..down to my last one.

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« Reply #119 on: October 28, 2010 05:09:35 PM »

A rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat!

Anything rectangular is waaaaaaay easier to do on the mat than with scissors. I do neckline bindings and hem bands for jersey shirts with next to no fuss/muss thanks to OLFA and my boyfriend's mum who bought them for me for Christmas last year. I do wish the mat was bigger, though. It's only 12x18 inches, but to buy one of those giant 36 inchers is like $70!!! *keels over*

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