New to sewing..

Courtney - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Im getting a sewing machine Saturday and im just wondering what all i should buy to get me started.I still dont know what my first project should be...any suggestions?

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Rebecca - posted on 08/13/2010

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Sylvia has a lot of good suggestions. Personally, I don't use tracing paper and a tracing wheel. I use a chalk pencil instead (less expensive, but maybe not as easy). Here is a good tip about your scissors: NEVER let them touch paper! It will dull them and they won't be able to cut fabric. My kids have been trained from an early age to not touch my sewing scissors :) In case they do accidentally touch paper (which has been known to happen), you can get them sharpened :)

As far as a first project, I would say something simple with straight seams- like a small quilt made of squares or something simple like a tote bag or boxer/pj shorts. Happy Sewing! :)

Erika - posted on 08/12/2010

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I'm totally new to sewing ... starting my first project (a cute little bag) next week with one of my Grandma's friends! :) I went into a fabric/sewing store and asked them all sorts of questions. That would be a really great place for recommendations of things you'll need. Most stores like that have very knowledgeable and helpful staff.

A great (and super easy) first project could be a soft book. They have fabrics where you just buy the fabric, and all of the instructions and materials you need are right on it. Looks to be a pretty straight forward and simple first project...with super cute results.

Good luck!

Sylvia - posted on 05/11/2010

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You will need several pairs of scissors & pinking shears which are great to cut fabrics to keep from raveling between sewing & ironing them. Pins; measuring tape; various colors of thread; sewing needles;magnetic pin holder which is great if you drop pins on the floor & can't find them or don't care to have to pick them all up from the table one by one for a pin cushion ~ you just run it over the top of needle to pick them up. You will need a couple of seam rippers in a couple of sizes. Tracing wheel & tracing paper(dressmaker type) for marking patterns on fabric, etc.
I recommend a book called 'I'll teach myself' ...'Sewing Machine fun!' by dreamspinner discovery series. I know this book is for young girls beginning to sew BUT there are mazes with straight lines/curves that you can copy & print out to practice sewing on & they have dot to dots; ornaments; gift cards; all fun stuff.
Other first projects could be: find a fun novelty fabric & make a pillowcase; pair of pj elastic waist shorts; pj pants; or placemats.
Just some ideas. I love to sew & quilt. : )

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