She has one, and I am forever asking her to do small jobs like alterations etc. I mentioned I would like one, so it was a surprise! I have got to grips with threading it and have managed to sew two pieces of scrap material together! (major achievement for me as I bummed textiles in school!)
I have grand ideas of what I would like to do, but first I need some basic and easy projects to get me started and confident. Mum also got me a basic sewing kit from the local haberdashers with pretty much all the essentials I need to get started.
Are there any good websites out there for beginners? What would be a good small project to start with? I don't want the machine to gather dust.
there are some lovely books around which can help you do some simple projects, i quite like this one
Also, bit different cos yours is new but my mum gave me an older one so i got a lovely man round to service it (no phnar phnar intended!! ) and he showed me how to use it properly.. have a look in yellow pages?
Also, lots of little courses go on in all sorts of random places like church halls and colleges... Or you could join a local sewing group, people love to help and advise..
I'd say, start simple and see how you go. I found it INCREDIBLY hard to sew a simple straight line, ridiculous i know but still. and remember practice makes perfect!
Sewing For Dummies isn't bad if you want a book - I pretty much taught myself from that. And YouTube is good for tutorials.
Are you near London? Peter Jones does great one day courses that teach you how to use a machine and make something simple.
You could start with cushion covers. Hard to go wrong with a cushion cover. I started with a dress for dd complete with interfacing and sleeves. I wouldn't recommend it, but she can (just about) go out in it, so it's amazing what you can get away with!!!
Brilliant! I am sew greatful for the replies. Snickersnack No..Nowhere near London.. I am a South Wales Valleys girl.
Umlellala Did you get a pattern for the dress, or just make it blind? I have a 9 month old DD, so my thinking is for stuff for her. A drawstring bag sounds good too! I actually cocked one of those up in school (don't ask) so it would be good to absolve myself and make one again!