In need of some help!

Hi everyone! I'm new and I am in need of some help. I am wondering if anyone knows of a website/blog that has tutorials for sewing.

I plan on getting a sewing machine in a couple of months and would LOVE to start, the only problem is I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't even know how to thread it... I live in a very small town (about 150 people) so there are no sewing classes around town. I'm stuck to learn it on my own...

If anyone has any ideas that would be great! Or if there is a way that someone could teach me how that would be even better! Thanks so much! <3

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7 replies since 21st January 2013 • Last reply 21st January 2013

There are tons of videos on YouTube. Most sewing machine retailers will offer classes as well, and they can teach you on the spot how to thread the machine you choose.

There are some tutorials here, and many patterns are available on BurdaStyle.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0uXsuatcL0
you could ask about classes from where ever you end up buying the machine from or put something in the newspaper want ad. but since classes can get expensive

I usually just look at youtube videos or patterns and try to improvise what's not mentioned.

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Youtube is great, that's how I learned how to sew a zipper.

I receive emails with patterns and ideas from http://www.allfreesewing.com/. They also have how to videos. It's great to go to the website for ideas or just use the ones that come in the emails.

http://www.favecrafts.com/ also has some patterns, however it covers all crafts not just sewing.

I haven't used it, but Pintrest is supposed to have sewing patterns too.

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If you are buying brand new, it will come with a manual that will cover the basics. You'd be best off looking up specific things (How to sew a zipper, how to tension thread, what stitch should I use with jersey knit fabric, etc.) on youtube or google instead of just a general how to use a sewing machine.

One thing you should know, is that there are going to be so many things that you aren't going to even think of that could be a problem. You have to use different needles for different fabrics, you have to figure out the tension for different fabrics, all sorts of things. The best thing you can do is find a experienced sewer in your town and become close friends! I have been figuring it out as I go, so it's possible to do without an expert. I pick up tips online and off the manual, and just do trial and error.

My sewing machine that I just bought has numbers clearly marking how to thread, so hopefully you'll get a model like that!

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There are also sites like Craftsy who offer online classes Happy

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Hi MissK,
I too live in a very small town and no classes of anytype of sewing or needlework, knitting, spinning etc. Except for quilting. that's it.
this is one of my favs you tube instructor on sewing..I like her voice (which is important I think) and her style both in design and teaching and very easy stuff to do and learn..check her out. Great for beginners. http://www.youtube.com/user/relindesigns

And no matter what, have fun while you are learning...I believe there is no wrong in art...but we do have to learn the basics and then look-out! Happy

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326 sewing tutorials

http://www.favecrafts.com/Sewing/313-Sewing-Tutorials/ml/1

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