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I am new to sewing. Although I have done embroidery, cross stitch etc before, I have never used a sewing machine (other than once, 23 years ago). I have a cheap one, which I have yet to open and try out, and I wondered if anyone could give me some ideas on how to get started. Any advice gratefully accepted.



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    Sep 24, 2013, 07.49 AMby katexxxxxx

    Get some nice form quality calico and good quality thread, and go throughthe manual, experimenting with all the stitches. Also, cut cloth into strips and spend a day just making ‘seams’! It’s fun, you can try different sorts, and you learn to control the machine.

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    Sep 30, 2013, 02.33 PMby JMStockdale

    Thank you for that. I never thought of practising on strips…

    Can’t wait to get started :-)

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.37 PMby 20beverly08

    try your local library for beginner to advanced sewing books

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.39 PMby 20beverly08

    an elastic waist skirt or pants, a barbeque apron, and a basic waist apron are great first projects. Also, pillow cases and any sewing patterns marked ‘learn to sew’ like Simplicity ‘learn to sew’ and those marked ‘very easy’, beginner, or easy are great for beginners.

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