Non-Quilt Sewing

Old 05-06-2015, 08:12 PM
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The only real sewing I have done has been on quilts. I am now trying to branch out and try other things, clothing, housewares, etc. Any suggestions for a beginner? Easy patterns to try?
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:11 PM
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:32 AM
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Smaller curtains? Certainly more expensive than store bought but lots more fabric choices that way!
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:43 AM
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just a tip, most sewing other than quilting uses 1/2"-5/8" seam, hard to get used to the difference so try to remember
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:24 AM
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The cost of patterns has really gone up, along with the coat of fabric it is not really worth "sewing".... Generally, anyway. IMHO.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:36 AM
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There are soooooooooo many helps on the internet. Google free beginner sewing patterns or how to learn to sew. Even though you know how to sew quilts there are many things done differently in making clothes, crafts items, toys, etc. I do a lot of charity sewing and haven't had to buy a pattern yet.

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Old 05-07-2015, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by kathy View Post
just a tip, most sewing other than quilting uses 1/2"-5/8" seam, hard to get used to the difference so try to remember
Yes, that was difficult for me to switch from sewing 5/8" to a 1/4" seam allowance. Considering making some tops so I wonder if I can handle the switch back.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:10 AM
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Check out you library for books on sewing. My local library also has a give and take pattern area. Fabric shops also run specials on patterns that are $1-$2 each. Walmart carries some inexpensive patterns.
If you can find a sewing buddy that would be great. Don't try to take shortcuts. Your finished garment will not look right if you do. Be careful to cut things on the grain line indicated on the pattern so that your finished garment hangs right. Many times you won't save money by making something yourself given the price of the pattern and material but you will get something that fits and you enjoyed making. Look for patterns that can be used again and again to get your money's worth. I use inexpensive muslin to draw my pattern on (tracing the store bought pattern) so I can make any fitting adjustments, it is more durable than paper, sticks to the fabric better so fewer pins needed and still maintains the integrity of the original pattern, which now come in multiple sizes, to be used again.
My mother was a beautiful seamstress and taught me how to sew. I am so glad she did because it has given me many hours of enjoyment.
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I love that patterns are now available in "cup" sizes...I used to do garment sewing, and I am anxious to give it a try again. Price of patterns has really gone up, but I just make a list of pattern numbers I like and wait for a sale/ coupon at JAF and stock up. Start simple-skirts, aprons, pillows-and Google help if you get stuck. Have fun!

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Old 05-07-2015, 04:16 AM
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Joann's has patterns on sale for $1 or $1.99 at different times. Just keep an eye out for those sales and buy a couple different things that look interesting. Skirts are the easiest to make. Tops don't have to fit as well, they can be a little baggy and pants are the hardest. Patterns have a rating system. Look for one that says "easy" on the label. They have a section of easier pattern but they aren't on sale because they are normally cheaper anyway. PJ pants are another easy clothing item. They have a section in the back for accessories and housewares. Been sewing for almost 50 years. Please PM me if you have any questions. If your Walmart has fabric, look there for cheap fabric to start with. I have always told the girls I have taught, don't think you're going to love the first thing you make. Most of the time that gets thrown away or used for a
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