Friday, January 22, 2010

I Need Help!

I want to learn how to sew. I love handcrafted items and clothing and I want to learn how to make things for myself rather than buying them. I told my husband that I wanted a sewing machine for my birthday in March. Well about 2 weeks ago I scored an awesome deal on a sewing machine. I found it on a local sales website Okinawa Yard Sales. It is a lower end Brother BUT it was only $50 so I felt it was totally worth it.
I should point out that I am scared of sewing machines. I have this fear of sewing over my finger. I have sewed items before but it has been years and years since I have even touched a sewing machine. I was really excited to play with my new sewing machine and I was able to sew a few very crooked lines before my 2 year old un-threaded it for me. As soon as I figured out how to re-thread it my lower bobbin was empty so I had to figure that out. All this took me a couple of days! Since then all I have done is sew a few more crooked lines.
Needless to say I haven't sewn a thing. I can't sew straight or perfect so I don't want to make anything. BUT I know that if I don't practice I will never figure it out. So I need some help. Do any of you know of some easy beginner projects that I could make. I honestly don't care what it is as long as it is simple. I would really really appreciate any help you all can give!



Love Stitched said...

Heather - DON'T be afraid of the sewing is way easier and less scary than you may think!! start with small easy projects...a pillowcase is super easy. Or maybe a simple skirt for your daughter (no tiers just simple elastic and fabric). I am happy to go into more detail on anything or any questions you may have. Feel free to email me anytime :)

good luck!


Erin A said...

Thanks for your comments! The blocks are really lovely, and addictive to make. Now that they're done, I'm plotting who to make some more for! :)

Good luck with the sewing, I'm with you, I'd love to do it but I just don't know if I can pull it off. Hope you have better luck!! :)

Megan said...

I am new to sewing ... but I love it!

I started by practicing sewing a straight line. I drew lines on a piece of paper ... and went from there. I used scrap fabric to practice!

You'll be great... turn it on & start practicing!

Angie said...

You can always come over with your machine, and I can show you some things. I can show you how to make a nice lap blanket for your girls, simple curtains, drawstring bag, those are all pretty easy. I now have two weeks to keep myself pre-occupied. Let me know!

melissapens said...

I think straight lines are the hardest thing to sew, so children's clothing is a perfect fit for me! Kids are always moving so no one can get too close of a look and it doesn't take too much time or fabric to sew for the kiddos. tutorial with the description of whatever you want to sew and you will come up with MANY ideas that usually have step by step photo instructions! There used tobe a blog called 'just tutes' and she had great ideas---maybe not your taste of fabrics, but the project ideas were good. Hope this helps. Also, LOTS of tutes on upcycling men's dress shirts or ladies skirts into girls' dresses.

Julie said...

I am learning to sew too! I inherited a machine from my grandmother and it has been a challenge for me. I would love to make clothes! I am writing about my experiences on my blog. Hope you check it out!

Two Beautiful Girls Mommy said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement and well wishes Ladies. I haven't had a chance to really play with my machine yet but I hope when things calm down around here I will.
Oh and Julie thanks for the invite!

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