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lizzie_swizzy @ 01:30 am: New to sewing and looking for help.
Hello. I am new to the community and sewing in general. I just got my first sewing machine (a Brother CS 6000) and will be starting a sewing class tomorrow. I read through my manual and figured out how to thread the machine, but that is as far as I have gotten. I have a pattern that I was going to try to use, but when I opened it up, I felt a little overwhelmed. Are there any good resources anyone can recommend to help someone learn how to sew? Like I said, I am completely new to this. I am sure the class will help some, but I am looking for additional help. Websites, book recommendations, anything.


cross posted in machine_sewing, sew_hip, sewing

Current Location: Atlanta, GA
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Date:September 28th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)


The Readers' Digest Complete Guide to Sewing is a really good start for beginners. It has just about everything you need to know, and you'll never really outgrow it, but it also explains how to sew a straight seam.

There are loads of editions out there, you don't need to buy the latest one if money is an issue, check out 2nd hand bookstores, or www.abebooks.com. ask on your local freecycle in case someone has one to give away.

once you get hooked on sewing, you'll probably have 212 books, but for now, that one is a good starting place.
my current favourite book is "power seing step by step" by sandra betzina.
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Date:September 28th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re: welcome!

Thank you for this suggestion. I think this must be the book to get because people in another community were highly recommending it as well. So, I am definitely going to get it. Thanks again!
Date:October 2nd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)


Hello! I'm in Atlanta too and I just bought a brand new Bernina aurora 440 QE and it is so way over and beyond my skill level that all I can think to do is wait for the class. I couldn't even figure out how to thread the thing. Good luck on your new sewing class!
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Date:October 2nd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)

Re: greetings!

Well, hello, neighbor! Trust me - you will learn to thread your machine! I promise. I looked at mine in complete horror the first few times, but I have now figured out how to do it and only look at the instructions for a couple steps. I still haven't completely figured out the bobbin thing on the first try, but apparently that is what practice is for. Now I just need to work on learning to sew in a straight line... As for the bells and whistles of my machine, who knows what all those features are for?!? I am completely new to sewing, so this is all overwhelming to me. Are you a beginner or have you been sewing for a while?

I've only had one class meeting so far and all we managed to accomplish was picking out fabric for the bathrobes we'll be making. Hopefully the next few class periods will be more informative. Hopefully you'll enjoy your class - where are you taking it?
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