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Re: sewing

Post by Nicole Diver » Sun Jun 22, 2008 18:40

knibbles wrote:Nottingham has sewing classes. That's not particularly useful, is it?

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They do day courses on dressmaking in July and August. I quite fancy going to one. I can't do darts to save my life, I need to sit and watch someone do one rather than just look in my book.

It's really hard to find sewing courses, isn't it? And then if you do find any they are usually for people who want to make cushions.
I quite want to go to one of those dressmaking classes but I'm scared of going on my own so if you do go can I come too? I've managed to make a really nice 60's style dress from this pattern: http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3833 (the version without sleeves), but I think I might be picking up bad habits and also I don't know how to do lining so all the skirts and that dress don't really hang all that well.

As far as sewing machines go, I've got a basic Janome one (J3-18) and that's really good and doesn't have loads of extra rubbish you'll never use on it like a lot of newer ones.

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Re: sewing

Post by Sylvie » Sun Jun 22, 2008 23:48

stolenwine wrote:Does anyone have any recommendations on machines for beginners? the last time i tried sewing was in home ec class when i was 12 or 13. i couldn't even sew in a straight line!
We did an exercise at uni which was a maze printed onto calico for us to practice (with those super-fast industrial machines, we needed it). Practising on scrap pieces of fabric is good too.
knibbles wrote:My sewing machine is 90 years old because I'm scared of the foot operated ones and electricity. You just turn a handle to make it sew and you can do it really slowly if you like, until you gain confidence, unlike the electric ones that whizz away and make you sew your fingers together. So I'd recommend one of those, however I am a luddite.
MIne doesn't go fast enough! I have sewn my fingers on several occasions though. Once I even went through my fingernail....
meepmeep wrote:Newer machines seem very plastic to me, and as if they're going to break, and if they do, be impossible to repair. Older machines are better, because they can (I assume) more easily be repaired. And they've got that nice weight; you can feel they're properly made! Spare parts are easy to come by as well. And they haven't got too many unnecessary functions like newer "high-tech" machines that will confuse you and make you want to give up before you have even started.

We had these Bernina machines in school (usually a good sign that they are good quality) and my mum has had one for 25 years or so and it is still brilliant. When I get a bit more money that's what I'm going to buy.
Bernina's are good, but mainly the top and industrial models. Also, I think they're generally a brand aimed more at embroidery, rather than garment construction. Machines that are wholly plastic are sometimes a bit ropey, but you can get some with a metal base and plastic upper. I have the Elna 3005 model which has that. I can't quite believe I've had it for ten years now.

I want so many different sewing machines, but I don't have the money or the space. One day...
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Re: sewing

Post by knibbles » Mon Jun 23, 2008 09:10

Nicole Diver wrote: I quite want to go to one of those dressmaking classes but I'm scared of going on my own so if you do go can I come too?
Oooh, that would be lovely, that would. I'll have a look into it and get back to you. I'm frightened of doing things on my own too.
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Re: sewing

Post by Nicole Diver » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:41

knibbles wrote:
Nicole Diver wrote: I quite want to go to one of those dressmaking classes but I'm scared of going on my own so if you do go can I come too?
Oooh, that would be lovely, that would. I'll have a look into it and get back to you. I'm frightened of doing things on my own too.
Excellent stuff. Let me know when you want to go. I think I'm free most weekends in July.

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Re: sewing

Post by bonjour_tristesse » Tue Jul 01, 2008 17:16

I met a girl called Hannah who does dressmaking/sewing classes in Notts, when I went to the sewing class with Laura McCafferty at the Castle on Saturday. She gave me info about the Textile Workshop in Sherwood that run classes and they also have a supply shop which sounds worth a visit. Though for some reason the website displays as blank here, not very helpful : http://www.thetextileworkshop.co.uk/ She does one off classes as well which sounded good.

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Re: sewing

Post by knibbles » Tue Jul 01, 2008 17:29

bonjour_tristesse wrote:I met a girl called Hannah who does dressmaking/sewing classes in Notts, when I went to the sewing class with Laura McCafferty at the Castle on Saturday. She gave me info about the Textile Workshop in Sherwood that run classes and they also have a supply shop which sounds worth a visit. Though for some reason the website displays as blank here, not very helpful : http://www.thetextileworkshop.co.uk/ She does one off classes as well which sounded good.
Oooh, that looks really lovely! They have a dressmaking class for 10 weeks starting January next year but it's on a Friday night. That's madness, isn't it? Thanks so much for posting that, I'm going to look into it and see if it's worth going to one of the 4 week sewing machine classes. Although I can't really turn up with my mental old sewing machine. Hmm.
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Re: sewing

Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Jul 02, 2008 09:24

Oh it all works in Internet Explorer. The classes do look good anyway (but yeah it's a bit mad to plan them for friday nights!) I also have quite an old sewing machine but it'd be good to learn some new techniques for it. (As it seems to frustrate me lots when it goes wrong!)

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Re: sewing

Post by lizlove » Sun Sep 07, 2008 23:33

hello! i have just started sewing, but i sadly have no patience to read things or go on a class, so i'm making it up as i go along!

i bought a £50 sewing machine from argos, but after me + my mum trying threading it for 3 hours we realised it was missing a part so we took it back and my mum gave me hers which is old but really good.

then she gave me this ACE giant book from 1973 with all these patterns, tips + pictures of late 60s/70s clothing so i may try a few of those so i can make do things like bell sleeves, cool massive collars, puffy cuffs and flared things

i've been using my own tops + skirts as templates for the patterns

i got some cheap material from ikea to mess around with (i swear the ikea fabric lady didn't price it anywhere near as much as it should have cost), and now i get fabric on ebay.


i've now realised that for £2 and 30 mins i can make a top that no-one else will have. why have i not been doing this all my life?! i also made a wiggley polka dot skirt, loads of bags + tops and a couple of dresses, i wore one to HDIF on friday and it didn't fall apart!

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Re: sewing

Post by meepmeep » Mon Sep 08, 2008 01:01

lizlove wrote:i got some cheap material from ikea to mess around with (i swear the ikea fabric lady didn't price it anywhere near as much as it should have cost), and now i get fabric on ebay.


i've now realised that for £2 and 30 mins i can make a top that no-one else will have. why have i not been doing this all my life?! i also made a wiggley polka dot skirt, loads of bags + tops and a couple of dresses, i wore one to HDIF on friday and it didn't fall apart!
A good tip for a beginner is to not use fabric from IKEA for making clothes as it is not meant for clothes, but for homes. The same obviously goes for all other fabric of that kind. It won't last very long when you wash it etc. That's my experience anyway.
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Re: sewing

Post by lizlove » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:58

ah yes i'd noticed that, the material i bought was quite thick/harsh and not very clothesy so it ended up being a couple of bags instead. i had much better luck with ebay though

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Re: sewing

Post by Miss Spangle » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:14

I have just started to sew again as I now have a machine. I have just started making some curtains for my dressing room. My stiching was a bit wonky on first attempt (it has been a while) but I am really pleased on how they are turning out now. I plan to make dresses.

Apart from e-bay does anyone else know good places I can get 1950's/60's patterns from?

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Re: sewing

Post by stolenwine » Thu Sep 11, 2008 00:06

i'd love to find out about those patterns too!

i've signed up for a sewing class for next month and now i need to prepare! i have no sewing accessories and i don't even own a machine. i am going to get all these things by the time the class starts though. anyway, what i'm wondering is, can anyone recommend some good online shops for cute sewing accessories? (pin cushions, tape measures, sewing boxes etc.) and fabrics? also, any blogs? and what should i have in my sewing kit? i'm so excited about all of this!
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Re: sewing

Post by Miss Spangle » Thu Sep 11, 2008 16:34

How exciting! I attended a pattern cutting and dress making course last Jan - it really was worth it.

I would recommend visiting local makets for materials as they are often cheap and you can get some good different materials. I used to like Brixton market a lot when I lived that way. Brick Lane also has good fabric wholesalers. I have recently moved to Leeds and have found the market to be brilliant there too.

For buttons this place is excellent
http://www.qype.co.uk/place/138985-The- ... een-London" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It has some cute buttons, vintage buttons, modern buttons - you get the idea!

As for your sewing kit my big bit of advice is invest in good sharp scissors. You do not want to fray the material when cutting and if they are decent you can get them sharpened from time to time.

I have been looking into cute accessories too if you find anywhere let me know. At the moment my treads and needles are in an old biscuit tin!

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Re: sewing

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Sep 11, 2008 17:23

I was inspired last night to finally pull out the sewing machine my parents gave me to try some test stitches. I managed a bunch of different kinds and made an ipod cozy out of an old shirt. I think I'll go get some fabric this weekend and try to make something.

I haven't sewn in twenty years or something, but it wasn't too hard to pick back up.

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Re: sewing

Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 13, 2008 22:42

i'm thinking of getting one of these books (or maybe both?). does anyone have them/know if they're worth getting?

the first is simple sewing by lotta jansdotter

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the other is sew-it kit by amy butler

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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Sun Sep 14, 2008 06:35

re scissors, if you're going to get a good pair for your sewing kit, make them dedicated fabric scissors and don't cut other things with them.

I remember melissabee had the lotta jansdotter book and I vaguely remember her having posted something that she made from it on her blog.

I just ordered a bunch of thread on ebay and when I ups tracked the package, found out it is stuck in Houston, TX. I don't think I'm ever going to get it.

lately, all I want to make are blankets:
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Re: sewing

Post by alexie » Sun Sep 14, 2008 07:11

If you're after pretty floral fabrics, my mum has bought some really good pieces of material from ebay store Kat's Fabrics. At the moment she's making a shirt out of some Liberty fabric she bought off there - she received 2 metres and paid less for the piece than she would for a metre of the same fabric at a standard fabric store!

I haven't done any sewing for a few years, but perhaps this thread will inspire me to pull out the patterns and give it another go under my mum's tutelage. I'm hopeless at doing darts too - mum is very critical of mine, always saying how crooked they are :(
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Re: sewing

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Sun Sep 14, 2008 18:11

i'm so envious of all you people actually able to make entire garments! it's taken me all afternoon to sew the side vents up on a blouse and attach a little bow at the neck :( and i still have a top and a skirt to fix. my mum is great at sewing cuz they used to do it at school of course - while the boys were doing woodwork. sounds alright to me - i need to sew a lot more frequently than i need to do anything involving dumb old wood. bah!

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Re: sewing

Post by crystalball » Mon Sep 22, 2008 14:19

My mum bought me a sewing machine this weekend! I'm sure there was a hidden message in that kind gesture but it was really nice spending an evening with her showing me the basics and how to thread it and all that. I'm going to make bibs for all my friends' babies now.

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Re: sewing

Post by DimitraDaisy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 16:42

crystalball wrote:My mum bought me a sewing machine this weekend! I'm sure there was a hidden message in that kind gesture but it was really nice spending an evening with her showing me the basics and how to thread it and all that. I'm going to make bibs for all my friends' babies now.
Awww. I want my mum to buy me a sewing machine too. Even if it has a hidden message! (That made me laugh, by the way. I don't know how much your mum has been influenced by living in Greece but I can totally imagine what the average Greek mother would be trying to say through this gesture.)
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