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Want To Learn How To Sew

Okay all of you incredibly talented artists.... I REALLY want to learn how to sew. The only problem is, I don't really know where to start. Does anyone have any book recommendations that can help me? How did you learn how to sew?

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mom, grandma, and home-ec lol... I wouldn't have a clue where to start
I learned to really work a sewing machine in Home Ec. in...oh grade 5? I thnk. My mom was a great hand & machine sewer as well.
I'm such an observer, I picked it up naturally.

I can't recommend any books or anything, but there are great resources online. If you want to learn to embroider for example, just Google 'How to Embroider' - try a search on Amazon if you want actual books :)
I want to start out with something simple, like a baby blanket for my nephew. I don't think I'm going to be starting a clothing line or anything like that, but baby blankets, handbags, etc would be fun. I think my mom might know how to sew, but I don't think she's really an advanced seamstress.
BTW, I sewed a few things in home ec too, but I didn't retain ANY of it! LOL I'm very anti-domestic, so I probably just ignored all the lessons. :-)
Ajazwinski, when you say you want to learn how to sew, do you mean hand or machine? Or both?
Well, like anything practice makes perfect! The blanket stitch is quite easy - I've seen several tutorialsl online of how to do it.
Good luck with the blankie project!
i'd love to learn how to sew as well. i can fix stuff like torn bedsheets or a ripped tee and other basic stuff, but i can't actually make anything. i know i wouldn't try to make anything to sell either. but my bedroom is in desperate need of curtains and my make-up bag looks like it's been through a war zone.
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Inactive Etsy Member 9:18 am Feb 7, 2006 EST
I learned to sew from my mom and home ec. After that, it was just practice. Joann's sometimes offers sewing classes and maybe some quilt shops. If you can learn just by reading, then a good book from the library could help. It will at least have definitions of the terms used in sewing and on sewing patterns. I have a book called "The Complete Guide to sewing". It's an older copy. Maybe you could find it on ebay or amazon. Oh and your sewing machine booklet will help w/ threading your machine, adjusting tension, etc.
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Inactive Etsy Member 9:34 am Feb 7, 2006 EST
I learned from my grandma, but she started me off with simple patterns for skirts and shirts. I would suggest Kwik Sew patterns for a beginner. They are the best patterns around.

I would also suggest taking a sewing class to become familar with all the functions on your sewing machine. It really does help and you will be a better sewer for it.

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