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psquidy 12-07-2010 03:56 PM

After X-Mas i'm going to take up sewing! I'm getting a machine as a gift. Does anyone here sew? I was hoping to come across a website similar to this one but for beginner sewers?
Thanks for the help!

Daylilydayzed 12-07-2010 04:59 PM

I sew, what I can I help you with? I have been a sewer since before I started school. I used to make Barbie doll clothes out of the scraps my mother gave me. I hadn't turned 6 at that time so I have been a sewer most of my life. It came in handy when my oldest son was born. Ready made baby clothes were too big on his 3 lb 7 1/2 oz body. He was not a premature baby. He just didn't gain weight in the womb. That was due to the kidney disease he was born with. He is 34 years old now, had to have a kidney transplant when he was in his early 20's. His weight has been under 100 lbs his entire life. He shops in the teen boy department and wears the same size underwear his 10 yearold nephew wears.

jess_hawk 12-07-2010 10:00 PM

I sew too. My mom taught me to embroider when I was four, and I could make my own clothing by the time I was seven (I got second place in the fair for a shorts-and-shirt set I made)

I've dabbled in most of the fiber arts and I live with the philosophy that most things worth owning are worth knowing how to make, or at least how to fix, yourself. (Big, expensive, finicky items like TVs, computers, and refrigerators are the exception, but even those I like to have at least a theoretical knowledge of what's going on inside to make them work). In other words, I try to be as resourceful as possible so ask me whatever questions and if I can't track down an answer, I may just experiment and come up with my own!

Just drop me a pm!

PS - what are you wanting to sew? Quilts, clothing, accessories, all of the above? Do you plan to do any hand-sewing? There are a few forums around for sewing, but I haven't found one as nice as KH.

cftwo 12-08-2010 01:53 PM

I sew. I don't know when I started machine sewing (around 10 or so??). I started with an apron, I think.

There are classes in machine sewing at larger JoAnns stores - if I were a brand new sewer, I'd probably start there. In fact, one of my friends learned to sew though classes at JoAnns.

psquidy 12-08-2010 04:22 PM

I'm so excited to hear back from all of you. My mother confirmed it today that she did get me a sewing machine as a Christmas gift. I'm not sure what I need help with because i have no idea where to start or what I'm doing! My knowledge base is ZERO, I'm truly starting from scratch. The things I'm interested in making are cloths, and I think quilting is wonderful. I also want to be resourceful and be able to make curtains and cushions and I'd love to know how to do alterations. The classes sound good but I'm Canadian and I don't think we have that store here. I have three friends that all know how to sew so hopefully they would be able to help me along but id like to get started by myself first. So maybe I'll start with little cushions? What do you all think:):cheering: :grphug: Thank you again for your replies! It's amazing to find what I need in this forum that I'm already totally comfortable with! Too bad there isn't a sewing forum. OH! And while I have your attention. I knitted a slouchy hat recently that has a double thick ribbed cuff to go around your head. I know it's supposed to be big but it's way to big. Could I use a sewing machine to sew off a section then cut it? So that I could sew it back together for a tighter fit??? Thanks gals!

Daylilydayzed 12-08-2010 04:29 PM

If you go to the GardenWeb there is a sewing forum there. Just go to and sign up , it is free. There are lots of forums there from knitting and needle arts to Quilting and sewing. Also you can get some very resourceful books by Singer , that will help you. just Google the Singer Company Hope this helps you find more help.

hyperactive 12-09-2010 05:11 AM

I sew as well. I have started machine sewing some time in my elementary school days and have gotten better at it in my late 20ies.
My prime piece (next to the winter coat I wear today, a few suits and suit jackets) was my own Butterick pattern wedding dress.. laced corset style. I sure was happy!

My favorite forum is in German, though, so it will not help you much (

But I did a search on ravelry for you. Here are all the groups listed for sewing:

you will surely find help in one or more of them. Are you at ravelry? it is free to sign up and very helpful - for knitting, crocheting - and as we see here: even sewing.

dreamingintx 12-09-2010 05:18 AM

You will probably find this forum really helpful: - the ladies on here are really patient if you have any questions x

Mirl56 12-09-2010 12:38 PM

I sew, too, though not so much these days. That's mostly because I don't have a space I can leave my sewing machine set up. I started making Barbie clothes when I was 10 or so and made most of my own clothes during Jr & Sr High School.

Look at books in your local library, there should be a sewing section there. You can usually order books from other branches, too.

Shandeh 12-09-2010 03:24 PM

I started sewing when I was a young girl. My mom helped me get started, then I made some things in the 4-H club. That helped me a lot, because they had a "4-H Dress Review" once a year, where you could model what you made. They made a big event out of it, teaching us how to walk on stage, as well as giving us some basic etiquette and manners classes. Sort of a mini Charm class, I guess.

I won first place Beginners division with my gingham skirt and triangle scarf! I was so proud. I think I wore that set everywhere I went. I looked like a little peasant girl, but I didn't care.

I just found a website that might help you get started sewing:

Good luck!

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