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Beginner Sewers

Join this group as a beginner to learn the basics, find tips, tricks, and tutorials.  Advanced and expert sewing enthusiasts may join to mentor, teach, and share their knowledge.  

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Latest Activity: Nov 17, 2020


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DIY Christmas Scrunchies Easy Sewing Project

This is a free step by step tutorial for how to make a Santa Christmas scrunchie. The…Continue

Tags: Beginners, for, Sewing, Christmas

Started by Dommy T Nov 17, 2020.

How to Use A Sewing Pattern Book at the Fabric Store

Listen to and watch Denise Wild as she shows us how to use those huge pattern catalogs you see at the fabric store.If you're new to commercial tissue patterns and sewing, you're probably wondering…Continue

Tags: how-to, video, beginner, sew, patterns

Started by Susan Dec 30, 2015.

What Is A Bobbin, How To Wind A Bobbin, and How To Load a Bobbin

In this free beginner sewing video, Kat from…Continue

Tags: tension, sewing, thread, threading, QuickNeed

Started by Susan Nov 18, 2015.



Started by Kivia Brown. Last reply by Beverly Jane Mar 10, 2013.

What was your first pattern? - a late reply to Patricia's post in January 2011! 9 Replies

Hi Patricia!I not only remember my first pattern, I still have them.  I was taught hand sewing and embroidery and then dressmaking at school.  I enjoyed it, but I didn't like the Dressmaking…Continue

Started by Karen. Last reply by Carol Fryer Mar 3, 2013.

Pockets - reply for "ididrtmhonest"

If you have enough fabric to do it, the easiest way to hide a small flaw is enclose it in a small seam, do one on the other side, same place, it will look like a dart, or an extra piece of the skirt…Continue

Tags: hide, seam, pockets

Started by Betty Walker Feb 23, 2013.

How to shorten unlined jacket sleeves and make a cute pocket on a skirt 2 Replies

I found a cute 2-piece skirt suit at a thrift store the other day.  It still had the price tags from the original department store. I suspect they had to eat it because the skirt has a length-wise…Continue

Tags: alterations, add pocket, shorten sleeves

Started by ididrtmhonest. Last reply by Karen Feb 22, 2013.

Vintage Patterns for Beginner Sewers

Hi GuysJust popped in to share something with you.  I don't do much garment making any more, I find taking my measurements too depressing!  However, I am into Rockabilly Music and Clothing, and came…Continue

Tags: Costumes, Retro_sewing, Vintage_Patterns

Started by Karen Feb 17, 2013.

Getting To Know Your Machine - Part Two

There are many parts to the sewing machine that many people have no idea exists. This video will help you get familiar with the many parts of the sewing machine that you may or may not use. Take…Continue

Tags: foot, throat_plate, needle, lever, take-up

Started by Susan Dec 13, 2012.

Getting To Know Your Machine

Learning the parts of the sewing machine can be challenging...ever tried…Continue

Tags: instructions, beginner, basics, learning, bobbin

Started by Susan Dec 13, 2012.

Sewing Machine Safety

This video shows how to operate the sewing machine in a safe environment and to have fun learning how to sew.…Continue

Tags: learning, beginner, basics, fun, Niler_Taylor

Started by Susan Dec 13, 2012.

If you could sew whatever you wanted... 7 Replies

and you had exactly what kind of fabric you wanted, and any other supplies...  as well as all of the time and peace and quiet in the world, as well as the skill, what would you make? I would make…Continue

Tags: dream, accomplish, garment, seamstress, skill

Started by Susan. Last reply by Stormee Bryant Sep 25, 2012.

One-Minute Pocket Zipper Tutorial by The Gilded Hare 1 Reply

Source: via…Continue

Tags: technique, method, pin, quick, easy

Started by Susan. Last reply by nusewer Jul 25, 2012.

How to Sew Perfect Corners 6 Replies

 Eerika Valkonen of "Rag Pets" shares her technique for making perfect corners.…Continue

Tags: seam, method, technique, how-to, sew

Started by Susan. Last reply by Joanna K Dąbrowska Jul 25, 2012.

Top Ten Sewing Supply List for Absolute Beginner Sewers 1 Reply

Getting started sewing or quilting takes fewer supplies than you might think. This helpful video walks through the top…Continue

Tags: sewing_machine, needles, seam_ripper, pinning, pins

Started by Susan. Last reply by nusewer Mar 1, 2012.

How To Identify And Find The Grain Line, Right Side And Wrong Side, Warp And Weft Of Fabric

When you're sample cutting, being able to identify these characteristics of the fabric is important. The warp and weft can have different results of shrinkage and this may distort the garment if…Continue

Tags: pattern, garment, distort, cutting, identify

Started by Susan Mar 1, 2012.

Threads : Which do you use? 6 Replies

I inherited numerous reels of polyester and cotton, and am looking to buy some new ones.  I have searched ebay and come across several shops selling multi - packs, which look great to me.However, my…Continue

Tags: cotton, polyester, spool, Coats_&_Clark, Gutermann

Started by Judith Mercer. Last reply by Judith Mercer Feb 27, 2011.

Flat-felled Seam Sewing Tutorials 2 Replies

 A flat-felled seam is created when sewing two lines of stitching at the seam while at the same time, enclosing the raw edges of the fabric. This seam finish prevents unraveling and fraying. It also…Continue

Tags: finish, learn, garment, edges, fraying

Started by Susan. Last reply by Judith Mercer Jan 21, 2011.


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