Post # 1
I started sewing and want to find any great troubleshooting, teaching or idea websites out there. Made those cool little placemat/sandwich wrappers and hope to give them away as Christmas gifts.
Post # 3
I didn’t vote because I just started sewing (bought my first sewing machine a few weeks ago!) so I am interested in finding some good websites too.
So far I have found http://presserfoot.blogspot.com/ has some good projects.
Post # 4
My grandma is a seamstress so she taught me how to sew before I could read and write. I used to sew more… crafty stuff and clothes. Now I mostly just sew quilts and stuff for the house (curtains, pillow covers, etc). I didn’t vote because I go in waves. I can go months without sewing and then I’ll sew nonstop for weeks. 🙂
Post # 5
Congrats on learning to sew! It’s such a good skill to have… I would love to be able to alter my own clothes/make things by hand.
I am SO bad at sewing. I had to make a pillow in 6th grade home ec class… and it was the most lopsided little thing ever 🙁
Post # 6
Congratulations on learning to sew!!!
I love to sew. I am sorry, but I don’t have any specific websites that you can go to for instruction, but if you are trying to sew something, you should be able to do a google search for “how do I sew a (insert item here). Also, any pattern you get will have sewing instructions inside the envelope. I have been known to take the instructions out of the pattern at the pattern center to look at them to see if it is something I can/want to do.
I suggest using Simplicity patterns, since you are new to sewing. They are, for the most part, easier to use. In the pattern books, there will be a key that will tell you the difficulty of the pattern. If there isn’t a key ask a salesperson at the cutting counter how complex the pattern is. Also, since you are a beginner, stay way from Vogue. They are one of the hardest patterns out there and every time I use one, I have to rewrite the pattern to make it work.
If you are making cloting, make sure you know the measurements of the person you are making the garment for. Sewing patterns are like wedding gowns. The pattern size is not the same as your street size. There are also some EZ patterns that you can try. They are touted as being really easy. I haven’t tried one, but you can take a look to see if they would be something you want to try.
Also, your local fabric shop, ie., Joann Fabric, should offer some beginner sewing classes. My Joann’s has them all the time.
Post # 7
Patternreview.com is one that I’ve heard recommended.
Post # 8
I can’t sew. I made a dufflebag in homec that I use to haul my dog’s stuff and it is pretty sad looking if you get close and see all the croked stichting. The ends are supposed to be circles but they look like squarish hearts, haha. I remember breaking the needle on my sewing machine 3 times too.
Now I just sew if I need to put a button back on or something! Wish I could actually make something worthwhile though!
Post # 9
I sewed a tee shirt quilt out of my old college shirts and it turned out really well. I found the instructions online but I can’t remember where. I would like to make another quilt out of vacation shirts.
Post # 10
I read posts by Miss Poodle and it makes me wish I could sew. And then I remember how bad I am at things like that and I decide to leave it to crafty bees like her =)
Post # 11
I love the patterns on this site:
Especially from this designer, Amy Butler:
There are free patterns on Amy Butler’s site, too.
Post # 12
I haven’t sewn in a while but I want to get back into it. It’s a great thing to do, makes me feel domestic since I’m not a good cleaner.
Post # 13
@kaybee do you have pictures? I’d love to do that with my 100+ (NO JOKE!) sorority shirts!!
I’d love to learn more about sewing! My mom even bought me my first (requested) sewing box with the basic supplies and a adorable pin coushion for my birthday this year!
I really want a sewing machine and to learn to do more then buttons and rips!
Post # 14
I’d recommend taking classes at JoAnn’s Fabrics! They have some really great classes, and you learn a lot with them. You can also go back and ask them questions after you take the class, because you can recognize the instructors and they know you too. They have beginning and advanced sewing, and a couple of quilting classes too. Totally worth it!!
Post # 15
I love craftster.org, and Burda Style.
I also taught myself to sew by just playing with my machine a lot.
Now I want to learn to quilt. Craft-nerd.
Post # 16
Thanks!! These are great sites and things to explore. Unfortunately, we don’t have JoAnn’s here in Hawaii so I will have to figure out something else. Maybe I should check into other craft supply stores.