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Sewing machine novice

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EATmum Sat 16-Nov-13 12:50:09

I have just bought a v basic sewing machine, with a view to doing some recycling of clothes, mending, patchwork - that kind of thing. What do I need to know? Slightly scared about taking it out of the box at the moment ...

ICameOnTheJitney Sat 16-Nov-13 15:20:36

Just get it out, plug it in and sit by it reading the manual. The manuals are easy to understand...there's a step by step thing on turning it on, threading it etc...they're hard to break nowadays so don't worry!

EATmum Sat 16-Nov-13 19:19:06

Thank you - I got over being daunted and had a fab afternoon. Have they got massively simpler in recent years? It's been at least 25 years since I last had dealings with a sewing machine in ghastly sewing lessons at school. Maybe it was just my school's determination to make most things hellish ...! Anyway, I consider my £25 (£25!!) investment to John Lewis a grand decision right now.

TimeToPassGo Sun 26-Jan-14 22:27:00

EAT which sewing machine did you get and is it suitable for everything you want to do? I am planning to buy one as a novice.

500internalerror Sun 26-Jan-14 22:43:08

Watching this thread with interest, as there's no reason why I couldn't get over my fear of sewing machines & make some clothes! I just don't know how to work them confused

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 26-Jan-14 22:46:47

My school sewing lessons were awful too, but I've just started making my own skirts and I find it's much easier than I remembered. Hope you have fun with it!

IHeartKingThistle Sun 26-Jan-14 22:53:39

I have had my (very pretty) basic John Lewis one since last Christmas. I love it and I really really want to use it but I am terrified of it! I don't pick up practical things very easily. Is it really not that hard? I'd love to make my own skirts!

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 28-Jan-14 00:06:24

KingThistle - I made a skirt pattern based on a 4-panel skirt that I already owned. The first one I made was way too big as I'd allowed too much for seams, but the subsequent ones have been great.

I made a template for one panel, then cut 4 of them out of material and sewed them together. I included a zip when I sewed the final sides together, which was easier than I thought but it's probably not done in a "correct" way (don't care, it works and it's always covered by a top anyway). Hemmed the top and bottom and, voila, one skirt!

I've also varied the template to make a 6 panel skirt and have made different lengths. Have received complements for all of them, as they're very obviously not high street skirts and they have a certain quirky chic to them.

I did buy a proper pattern for a wrap dress, but I think it's a bit beyond me so I've shelved it for the time being.

Also made mad trousers for dses2 and 3 for a parade they were in. Ha! Those trousers were a learning curve but once I got the hang of them they were actually quite straightforward.

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