(Closed) A question for those who sew…

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

My mom taught me.  I think it really just takes practice to get familiar with your sewing machine and get used to working with different patterns & fabric.  I started with simple projects like tote bags.  I think I really started to get the hang of it within the last 2 or 3 years, but, again, I think that mainly has to do with the fact that I sew more often now.  I know JoAnn’s has classes at some of it’s stores and you may want to look into other quilting or sewing machine stores- they may offer them also.  Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, i started learning a little bit with my mom, but then I took a class in junior high that taught me the rest. A lot of times I just read the instructions on the pattern I purchased, but I only stick to the basics. Start off with simple things like pillows. Or "Sew Easy" simplicity patterns and the like. Anything real basic. Wish I had more advice for you, it’s just been SO long since I was sat down and taught to sew!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Definitely make sure you get a quality machine. You want one that has automatic bobbin tension and the like. I have a Martha Stewart Machine that was like $200 because my $125 one was a piece of junk. I got mine at Walmart! Just don’t short change yourself on some of the accessory options or you’ll find yourself needing to upgrade too soon. You want your machine to be easy to run!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My grandmother taught me initially and I couldn’t agree with Miss Beagle more that it just takes practice to get familiar with your machine, etc.  In addition to Joann’s and local sewing stores, you might also check out a class at your local techincal or community college.  I know the lady who is making my bridesmaid’s dresses teaches classes at a local community college.  I took a class from the Babylock store with my mom a few years back and really got alot out of it (even if it do own a different machine).  Good Luck and it really can be alot of fun!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I learned with my mom and grandmother, but we’d also watch Sewing with Nancy on PBS. If she’s still on, that could give you some tips, too, but getting the hands-on and personal feedback of a class could help too.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I love Sewing with Nancy! And I am in the same boat, my mom taught me how to sew. She used to sew all of my little dresses and jumpers when I was a little kid, and I was always facinated how she could take a plain piece of cloth and turn it into a cute outfit for me.

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