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New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

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New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby shoogah01 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:16 pm

I have just got back from picking up my wedding dress so was feeling a bit low today but while we were getting everything out of the car she brought in an extra package, she has bought me a new sewing machine to cheer me up :wine: I cried be :cry: cause the thought was so lovely and I have been meaning to pick one up since my old one isn't working much.

does anyone have any suggestions of good patterns for a complete beginner? I would love to gradually build up skill on the machine before trying anything big but would love to be able to make clothes for the kids and maybe christmas presents for my nephews and niece.

:wine: :wine: :wine: to MIL she really is a such lovely person

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby yellow45 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Ah, that's really lovely. I bought myself my first sewing machine today too and have just been playing with the stitches so far as I have NO idea what I'm doing.

I'd be interested in seeing what easy things we could do.

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby Hannahboo » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:30 pm

I only got my machine a few months back and tend to just make things up as I go along :giggle: I did buy some Fishsticks (on Etsy) patterns though and they are fab so easy to follow and the dresses I have made so far have been lovely and we have had loads of comments from how nice they are, it is lovely when people ask where they are from and you can tell them you made them all yourself :widesmile:

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby docmaggoo » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:42 pm

Yey! More sewing beginners!!
:wine:
I got mine just less than a month a go! Learnt so much!
(and made sooo many mistakes!! :oops: including trying to make PJ bottoms and sewing the legs together in such a way I had 1 large leg instead of 2 - made it right eventually )
Maybe we can help each other out as newbie sewers!!! :wink:

Here's a few of the easy things Ive made so far & some websites Ive found with step by step tutorials!



The infamous PJ's - with 2 legs!! I bought this pattern - was one by mccalls
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Crayon roll (althought I just made it bigger to hold hubby's paint brushes!
http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/12/how- ... -roll.html

Cloth wipes - I now have fancy ones!!
http://www.myhappycrazylife.com/make-yo ... oth-wipes/

Zipped pouch - made me learn about zips & use the zip foot on my sewing machine (before this I didn't even realise that there was more than 1 type of foot :oops: )
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/11/zi ... -iron.html

Onesie dress for babies
http://barefootinthekitchen.blogspot.co ... orial.html
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Fleece soaker - sooooo easy once I got the trick to getting the legs right.
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10 ... ttern.html
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Beanbag
- took apart an old duvet cover - and sewed it back together & filled it with beads!
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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby docmaggoo » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:44 pm

Hannahboo wrote: I did buy some Fishsticks (on Etsy) patterns though and they are fab so easy to follow and the dresses I have made so far have been lovely and we have had loads of comments from how nice they are, it is lovely when people ask where they are from and you can tell them you made them all yourself :widesmile:



Might check those out myself!
Do they post them or are they downloads?

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby Miss_Purple » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:03 pm

I am a returning sewer rather than a total beginner, but I'm still rusty. I just made the I heart to Sew sundress http://www.etsy.com/shop/ihearttosew
http://www.clothnappytree.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=86410 it's dead easy, only 2 pieces then the neck and arm bands :-)

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby Hannahboo » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:06 pm

docmaggoo wrote:
Hannahboo wrote: I did buy some Fishsticks (on Etsy) patterns though and they are fab so easy to follow and the dresses I have made so far have been lovely and we have had loads of comments from how nice they are, it is lovely when people ask where they are from and you can tell them you made them all yourself :widesmile:



Might check those out myself!
Do they post them or are they downloads?


They are PDF downloads Jen, she e-mails you with it within 24 hours of purchase :D

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby red_dwarf » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:13 pm

I would personally start using wovens before you move onto knit fabrics. it can be quite tricky to sew knits without them all moving and going wrong if you are unexperianced.
Once you do start sewing knits I would really really recomend getting a walking foot. it makes life sooo much easier

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Re: New sewing machine any suggestions of good beginner patterns

Postby yellow45 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:46 pm

red_dwarf wrote:I would personally start using wovens before you move onto knit fabrics. it can be quite tricky to sew knits without them all moving and going wrong if you are unexperianced.
Once you do start sewing knits I would really really recomend getting a walking foot. it makes life sooo much easier


Thanks for the tips. I'm really confused about all the different kind of fabrics.

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