How easy is it to get started learning to sew?

I would like to purchase a sewing machine, but have no idea how to sew....
I would like to start making blankets, doll cloths, and sew for fun....any advice?

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racingmomma

Asked by racingmomma at 3:42 PM on Nov. 8, 2008 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • If you want to buy a machine, and don't know how to sew, I would suggest a simple, basic machine. The guide in the machine will show you how to set it up and thread it. Also, get some cheap material. With the right sides together, practice sewing a 5/8" seam. Sew a straight seam and a curved seam. Once you get that down, use a simple pattern and try it. Practice will make you better, and you will be able to move onto more complex projects. Follow the sewing guide with your pattern, and you will be able to make most anything. Get a seam ripper, too. Even those of us who sew alot, once in a while, have to tear out a seam. Good luck and have fun with it. Don't get real serious with it for a while.
    GrannyR

    Answer by GrannyR at 4:02 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • Any of the cloth stores or stores that sell machines and materials usually have, or know who offer's classes on learning to sew. Calico corners and Michaels craft stores do. Also look in your local yellow pages. You can do anything you put your mind to.


     


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    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 3:46 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • i was fortunate to have home ec in junior high and a grandma who sewed, but i am not great, but i enjoy it. buy inexpensive machine and experiment. i got patterns on ebay and made doll clothe and hem stuff. and you can sew a straight line easy.
    driftwood

    Answer by driftwood at 4:12 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • The hardest part of sewing on a machine is threading it and getting the tension just right. I used to work in a fabric store, and most offer some sort of class. If yours doesn't, maybe one of the employees would give you some pointers.
    drowninginboys

    Answer by drowninginboys at 9:03 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • I LOVE TO SEW thats my favorite hobby, I've made alot of items for my daughter, Its very easy to sew however I've never sewed by machine I've always sewed by hand My mother got me into sewing. The day she showed me how to sew boy I tell you I just cannot stop sewing now its very fun. Once you start you will never want to stop lol
    My2ButterFlys

    Answer by My2ButterFlys at 10:53 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • Sorry that was HOBBIE, have fun sewing
    My2ButterFlys

    Answer by My2ButterFlys at 10:54 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • Like anything, you just have to learn and practice it. I've grown up sewing, and I love it--it just takes sooo much time that now I'd rather buy than make. The feeling you'll get from seeing a finished product that you made with your own hands is awesome! And people love handmade gifts...at least I do. Taking a class at a JoAnn or another sewing store is a great idea.
    orangeorbie

    Answer by orangeorbie at 11:45 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • I agree with all of the above answers. Also most employees of a fabric store have answers to your questions about reading a pattern. Start simple (a square pillow case) have fun. I had Home Ed but failed miserably, but I purchased a simple sewing machine years later after high school and taught myself to sew. I have made alot of items that I am quite proud of. Have fun and enjoy!!
    sorzel

    Answer by sorzel at 9:52 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • THANK YOU LADIES, FOR ALL ADVICE......
    racingmomma

    Answer by racingmomma at 12:07 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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