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Old 05-25-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default "experienced" sewer with newbie questions? (and intro)

Weird subject, I know. I'm a self-taught sewer. Never used a bought pattern (never tried, but wouldn't really know where to even start, to be honest). Seldom use a homemade one, but have on occasion. Figured out what I've needed to pretty much on my own, and by making mistakes. Seam ripper is a well-used item in this household.

As far as the type of sewing I do, there are many things. Altering existing designs/clothing for fit, style, costumes, etc. Some things I've learned to make from scratch - like kids' costumes (i.e. hooded cloaks, masks, etc), doll clothes, and such. Do the run-of-the-mill home decor - pillows, bed covers, curtains, limited slip-covering, etc. Also am pretty good (given the limitations of my machine) at making custom heavy-duty bags or cases for various things - cameras, folding chairs, instruments (guitars, ukes, drums, etc.).

Pretty much whatever we might need or want that I think I might be able to tackle I try to figure out how to make, and often by recycling other things or seeing what's available at local thrift stores, or garage sales. Can't remember the last time I actually bought new retail fabric, fasteners or other related stuff.

Usually I do OK, though I'm sure I could do much better with a better foundation of basic knowledge that I simply never got.

So yes, I can make a cool bag with pockets, zippers, padding, backpack straps and all sorts of fun whiz-wangs, but wouldn't really be able to explain why one type of thread is better than another in more than very basic terms. Lol.

So, I guess I'm looking for help learning the most basic stuff that was sewing 101 to everyone else. How to talk about types of fabric. How to choose exactly the right thread for the job and how much (I presume?) this really matters (I tend to choose by color and general thickness. Lol. I know - pathetic, really, but what I use seems to work with a few exceptions that my machine seems to reject). The sort of thing that someone like me might have managed to get by until now without but which will likely move me leaps and bounds ahead by actually learning.

I'm not even sure what to ask beyond that, but I suspect plenty of things may come up with some of your answers (?).
Looking forward to learning.


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Old 05-26-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Seriously, I bought the Sewing for DUmmies book when I first got started. Those books are awesome. Then just time, experience, practice, perusing the net, etc the more I learned Happy Sewing!
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