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    Posted: Mar 12 2014 at 8:43am
Calling all of BHM's seamstresses or those who just know how to work a sewing machine!

I'd love to have this thread full of information about sewing. Share your knowledge, your experiences, your tips, and most of all, your creations!

Last month, I bought my first sewing machine and it's this beauty:



The Singer 7258. <3 I got it for about $170 off of Amazon and on my first day testing her, she ran so smoothly, I instantly fell in love. I've taken a college sewing class but much of the knowledge gained has slowly deteriorated so I'm keeping my knowledge fresh and finally making my own things!

I'm in the process of gathering all the tools I need and also compiling books that teach about sewing.

I recently bought The Sewing Book by Allison Smith and oh my GOD is this book informative!! I'm not even sure if I should refer to it as a regular book, it's more like an encyclopedia of sewing and teaches you EVERYTHING!!

If you're new to sewing or just want a book where you can refer to things you need explanation on/learn new things, I highly recommend this book.
http://lofiland.com/omg/book/sewingbooksm.jpg

I also bought the Collette Handbook of Sewing which I think is great but you definitely need a little experience in crafting to really utilize the book at its highest efficacy. It's a very simplified book with a simple aesthetic so prior knowledge is recommended. I think it's a great started book for the newbie who is tired of making silly little items and wants to move onto clothing. I cannot wait to gain more experience because the clothes you can make in this book are CUTE.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yx34v_Dtr_s/TyuicSie9UI/AAAAAAAAE2A/sBZOJmp4nuA/s1600/Picnik+collage.jpg

What I love most is that the book actually comes with patterns for these items too!

Anyway, enough gushing. I really hope this thread grows well. I've seen past sewing threads here but they're quite momentary. I'd love to have a little sewing community growing here.
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i love to sew!!!!!!  i have 3 sewing machines.  all brought at different times in life.  i haven't been sewing much lately.  i only made a few curtain panels last summer.  but i intend to get busy on several projects soon.  mainly slip covers...
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I love to sew! I have a machine but gave up on trying to thread that bobbin. I'm sure its easy to do but I just can't get it

Maybe this weekend ill try to find the time to bring it to the shop for them to show me
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also as far as clothing goes...i'm all about repurposing and restructuring old garments into something fresh and new...
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Slow and neat is better than rushed and messy...

My fiskar rotating blade and cutting mat are two of my best sewing investments...

Pins are a must!

I posted this in either the sewing or DIY thread, but this was my last creation. I sewed the seams...





Unwashed/uncut canvas...






Finished panel...

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i also think people don't respect the need to press press press especially where any seems or curves will be.  pressing will mos def make the difference between looking crafty vs professional...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Midna Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 12 2014 at 9:03am
Whoa!! That gives me ideas!!

And yesssss, I'm looking to get a rotating blade and self-healing mat! The mat is surprisingly expensive, but hey, investment!

A part of me just wants to go all out and get fancy with Gingher shears, but my broke ass can stay with Fiskars. <3

I should get a sharpener too.
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yes midna get a sharpener.  also, i'm sure you already know this...but ONLY use your fabric shears/blades for cutting fabric.
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Originally posted by ThoughtCouture ThoughtCouture wrote:

i also think people don't respect the need to press press press especially where any seems or curves will be.  pressing will mos def make the difference between looking crafty vs professional...


My sewing books really emphasize the importance of cutting correctly and pressing. I definitely believe their importance! I want my clothes to look of-quality.

Think I'll save up for a serger next.
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I have a sewing machine that I used once to take in a Halloween costume over a year ago. It's been in the box ever since smh.
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