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Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Wicked Knits » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:14 am

Well, I've decided I'm determined to actually learn to sew properly (instead of y'know, very occasionally just getting Casey to painstakingly show me step by step exactly what to do as I do it. :rotfl: ) So has anyone got any tutorials which would be suitable for a newbie? I have a very basic sewing machine, and a reasonable fabric stash considering I can't really sew. :oops: I have some gorgeous ottobre books, but I'm sure they're a looong way from newbie sewing, esp as I don't know how to read a pattern. :lol:
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Vivianne » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:14 am

If you know what you'd like to make I'm sure some fo us can point you to some decent tutorials :wink:

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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Wicked Knits » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:17 am

Probably kids stuff, toys, clothes, anything easy. :lol: I do love patchwork type skirts for myself, I'm picking shoddy sewing wouldn't show up too badly on those. :smt044
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by annmaree » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:30 am

These two blogs are my favourite sewing blogs. Both writers do great patterns and tutorials. Some of the projects are a little more complicated. But there's some great starting projects too.

http://www.made-by-rae.com/tutorials/
The basic newborn baby pants are a great little project. They make excellent gifts for friends having babies, and they fit over cloth nappies. She also has a pattern called Big Butt Baby Pants that you can buy. (I wouldn't attempt it straight away if you're wanting to start slow.) They are awesome pants in multiple sizes for fitting over a cloth nappied bottom.

http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorials.html
The simple skirt tutorial on here would be an excellent learning to sew on your own project.

I would also recommend youtube for video tutorials of particular sewing techniques. I would consider myself a fairly advanced sewer and I still refer to video tutorials every now and again because there is nothing like seeing someone do what pictures or words can never explain as well as a practical demonstration.

The only other recommendation I would give is buy some cheap calico fabric to do trial runs in. That way you can avoid getting de-motivated if something goes wrong with fabric that you fell in love with.

And finally... have fun of course!

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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by krisha » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:31 am

Boys shorts and pants are reasonably easy as are pj pants ;) (Lets face it who cares what they look like ;) )

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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Wicked Knits » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:39 am

Yeah I have some satin I bought for making boys summer pjs, which I never got around to doing, that would be a good 'who cares if I stuff up' project. :rotfl: It's got thomas on it, so my two would be stoked no matter how mangled they end up. :lol:
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Wicked Knits » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:42 am

annmaree wrote:These two blogs are my favourite sewing blogs. Both writers do great patterns and tutorials. Some of the projects are a little more complicated. But there's some great starting projects too.

http://www.made-by-rae.com/tutorials/
The basic newborn baby pants are a great little project. They make excellent gifts for friends having babies, and they fit over cloth nappies. She also has a pattern called Big Butt Baby Pants that you can buy. (I wouldn't attempt it straight away if you're wanting to start slow.) They are awesome pants in multiple sizes for fitting over a cloth nappied bottom.

http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorials.html
The simple skirt tutorial on here would be an excellent learning to sew on your own project.

I would also recommend youtube for video tutorials of particular sewing techniques. I would consider myself a fairly advanced sewer and I still refer to video tutorials every now and again because there is nothing like seeing someone do what pictures or words can never explain as well as a practical demonstration.

The only other recommendation I would give is buy some cheap calico fabric to do trial runs in. That way you can avoid getting de-motivated if something goes wrong with fabric that you fell in love with.

And finally... have fun of course!
Those ruched leggings are awesome! Definitely something to make for myself sometime. :D
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Claude30 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:52 am

I would start with boys pants (but not satin - I still hate sewing with satin) there are heaps of tuts on boy pants everywhere do you pininterest there are heaps of ideas on there or try http://www.favcrafts.com heaps and heaps of sewing, knitting, crafting stuf there and it has difficulty levels too. Also http://www.allfreesewing.com is good.
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by emmapea » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:55 am

Yeah I would avoid satin to start with.... you would probably give up pretty quickly with it!!

You should start with the skater shorts Miggs did... if you didnt do the pockets it would be very very easy :D
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Wicked Knits » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:16 pm

Oh I know slippery & stretch fabrics are harder. :lol: I have done a bit of sewing (WIP bags, and I've made a OSFA nappy & a pair of merino lined pants with co-ordinate fabric under Casey's instructions) Just never really got stuck into it and learnt anything more than the basic sewing a straight line!

Actually I should probably mend some good quality boys jeans with huge holes in the knee, just doesn't sound as fun!
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by sjl » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:52 pm

As people have said there are heaps of different tutorials available but having something to relate them too helps.
Some of it'll depend on how you learn best and how fussy you are about how things turn out :lol: You may find, as others have said that nothing beats having someone to show you.
I'd pick a pattern that you like and then find tutorials that point you to the various stages of the sewing process -

how to choose appropriate fabric for the pattern
is the pattern correct size, how to adjust sizing if necessary
how to lay it out on the fabric, pin and cut
etc
etc

If you don't mind the retro pics I have a 1970's sewing reference book that you could borrow - good for definitions of sewing terms and general stuff.
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Re: Help a newbie learn to sew.

Post by Darny » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:56 pm

If you DO sew up the satin use french seams - which means instead of having the fabric right sides together and the seam on the inside, you have the fabric wrong sides together and the seam on the outside, then you sew another seam enclosing the raw edges - (google it, plenty of tutes on how to do it) or overlock or something but don't leave the seams raw.

I'm saying this out of bitter experience, some very spendy satin, lots of time cursing and swearing with a tricky pattern and the first time I washed them the satin frayed at the raw edges and the damned thing fell apart.... most. pissed. off.
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