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Subject: self taught to sew using a book?
Date Posted: 9/28/2007 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2006
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Anybody here successfully taught themselves to sew using a book?  I have no sewing experience and I'm looking for suggestions.

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 10:29 PM ET
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I'm going to try. I have on my Wish List: Sewing For Dummies. Hoping to get that one of these years. Seems like there are alot of us. I own a sewing machine taught myself to make a bobbin and thread the machine. I've made 4 aprons that came out pretty good. I work in a school kitchen. That's the extent of my bravery for trying to make something without any help. Good luck wish I had the know how to give you some help.
Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/30/2007 1:17 PM ET
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Check out  a few books by Melanie Paine.  She's easy and her instructions are great. I'm not very good following instructions but hers are nice.

  I watched my Mom for years, so I caught a few things, but I'm basically learning as I go.  I've made my DD a little sundress, some slipcovers for a chair in her room, and I just finished a purse organizer this morning.   It came out a little un-even, but  it's only my first one.  I'm also on the Sewing for Dummies WL, I figure by the time I get it, I'll be experienced enough to make my DD's prom gown! LOL



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Date Posted: 10/2/2007 3:33 PM ET
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May I suggest a class?  I have taken a class at Joann Fabrics (Creative University they call it) on how to use my sewing machine.  And my local college offers online classes for all kinds of hobbies, from scrapbooking to sewing to photography.  The class at Joann Fabrics was well worth the $60, as I have since made 5 (very large, high quality) pillows and hemmed my jeans, and my son's pants.

I know I have a whole lot left to learn, but the class really helped me.  (Me and my bobbin hated each other before the class; now we have a truce, lol.)

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 2:53 PM ET
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I taught myself using Sewing for Dummies. I highly recommend it. I referred back to it frequently when I was getting started. I really would like to take some classes, too. I'm sure there are things I've done the hard way that could be accomplished with much less frustration.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 2:20 AM ET
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i never attended sewing classes but i learned how to use a sewing machine at my aunt's dress shop in the early 90's. my other aunt was the master cutter so it was ok then to ask her to make me simple patterns like pj's, a-line skirts & sleeveless tops. i must say i did pretty well back then compare now. i recently joined a worldwide pillowcase (needlework) exchange and had to use a sewing machine in finishing it. i felt like sewing for the first time again... 

i have some vintage sewing books here but i never get around to reading them as i feel their complicated. i think i gotta get sewing for dummies too hah.:)

i can see myself sewing totes, pillow cases, curtains, organizers and purses in the near future.:) but since i'm an avid cross stitcher, i wanna incorporate a cross stitch piece on my sewing projects.:)

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 2:29 AM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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what is your favorite fabric, ie cotton, poly, etc....

i always get so disappointed when using a stretchy material but i have some of that kind that i really wanna use. what is the trick on sewing it properly?