I am very new to the sewing world. I made a comment to my husband that I wished I had a sewing machine and he went out and bought me one. So…..any suggestions on what I should start with? I’m interested in clothing.

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    Feb 25, 2014, 01.10 PMby sandra celik

    Hi Jeanie, There are lots of very easy patterns available so it would be best to start with one of these. I would also advise using plain or small print cotton for your first project as it is the easiest fabric to work with. Larger prints need to be balanced on the garment and matched at seam lines and so require a bit more experience. Slippery fabrics can also be difficult to work with, so it is best to hone your sewing skills on something like cotton to start. Sewing is a very fulfilling hobby or career if you enjoy it, as I certainly do and I wish you the very best of luck in your endeavors.

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    Feb 25, 2014, 09.48 PMby arisaid

    Kwik sew patterns are good for beginners. Just make sure that you get a pattern that is not for knits. Leave the knit fabric until you have more skills. If available in your area it is a good idea to take a basic sewing course. After that it is practice practice practice. Good luck and welcome to our world of sewing.

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    2 days ago, 03.00 PMby purplefan

    Look at Burda Easy patterns or maybe a craft pattern so you can get familiar with the way instructions are written. I agree with the suggestions to work with cotton fabric-it’s forgiving. Knits and slippery dressy fabrics can wait for much later.

    Make sure you test your stitch functions and attachments on scraps of fabric (say 10cm x 10cm) so you can get familiar with tension adjustments, stitch lengths, what different feet do etc. And read or watch your manual-you want to make sure you put your bobbin in correctly and set it up for sewing PLUS learn how to clean your machine. Usual guideline is to change the sewing needle everytime you start a new project-could be pricey but it could mean difference between seams that come out nicely or a series of seam-ripping encounters.

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