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    Op I hope you don't mind me asking, but are all you ladies self taught? Or did you take classes? I would love to buy a machine and sew in my spare time but I have no idea where to start! Thanks

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    I did a community college course which is about 2h per week for 8 weeks. It wasn't really structured lesson, we brang a pattern in and the instructor guided us through it. At that stage I already owned a machine and the sewing lesson I had was I'm high school home economics class.
    Many years later I did one term of a fashion course at tafe which included sewing and pattern making. I loved this course so much but unfortunately could not finish bc I got pregnant and couldn't fit it in.

    I think if want to give it a try go for it. Spotlight and Lincroft often have machines on sale. Otherwise the janome store I bought mine from offered some free lessons on how to use the machine. There's heaps of youtube videos as well.
    Be patient though, sewing project take a lot longer than you would think and sometimes there is plenty of mistakes you will need to unpick.
    For me it is very enjoyable though and my favourite hobby (I have many lol).

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    My mum and Nanna taught me to start off with and then it was self taught.
    Spotlight have a good basic Elna for sale at the moment for $89. A friend just got one so I'm keen to see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Lily View Post
    Op I hope you don't mind me asking, but are all you ladies self taught? Or did you take classes? I would love to buy a machine and sew in my spare time but I have no idea where to start! Thanks
    I did an adult education class at the local high school over a few weeks similar to @Jontu. They got us to bring in a pattern for a skirt and helped everyone through it.

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    I did 'cottage craft' as a subject at high school, where we made things like fabric growth charts, cot quilts & teddies (as well as cake decorating and other things) and my mum always sewed so I practiced at home. I was always terrible at following patterns though, I would get too confused so a lot of the stuff I made was 'free-sewn', ie I just cut pieces the way I thought they would fit together & adjusted as I went. The pattern for the playsuits is so easy though so I'm getting better with that! If I wanted to sew more than just as a hobby though I would like to take a class & learn some tricks!

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    ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1420960196.975766.jpg

    I forgot to post a pic of my magnum opus. A bunk cubby I sewed for DD's 6th birthday. DH put curtain rods on the inside and essentially the "cubby" is two curtains.

    To answer PP's question, I'm self-taught. I just like to experiment with patterns or copy store-bought clothes and accessories. Thank heavens for unpickers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Lily View Post
    Op I hope you don't mind me asking, but are all you ladies self taught? Or did you take classes? I would love to buy a machine and sew in my spare time but I have no idea where to start! Thanks
    Yes I was self taught
    Always wanted to sew so 4 years ago hubby bought me a sewing machine for birthday, was only a cheapie around $200 from Lincraft and I got myself some fabric and a pattern and just follow the instructions. Then I got creative and started designing my own pants and dresses etc. now I have my own handmade business and I work from home which works great for me with 3 kiddies.


 

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