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    Hi ladies, just wondering if any of you are self taught, and how you went about learning? I would love to give it a go. It seems like it would be quite therapeutic, and I am dying to get creative again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    Hi ladies, just wondering if any of you are self taught, and how you went about learning? I would love to give it a go. It seems like it would be quite therapeutic, and I am dying to get creative again!
    Yep all self taught. I just started off with some simple patterns you can also find some great diy videos on you tube.

    Starting with stuff like bags or simple kids clothes is a good way to begin so you don't waste too much fabric if you mess it up.

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    Dress I made for my DD1 - she picked the fabric
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    I'm mainly self taught. Mum taught me basics of sewing and needlepoint as a kid. Used to make clothes for my barbies. Did a class in sewing at high school too.

    For the above dress I used another dress as a template to draft a pattern for it.

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    You're all providing me with loads of inspiration. I'm actually getting a bit excited about the idea of a new hobby. The fact that you are both making such lovely things and are self taught gives me hope!

    I'm going to have a look at some machines today. My birthday is in June.... a machine would make a great present I think. And I know that the machines are often 50% off in June (at spotlight at least and there's nowhere else for me to get one here). Any recommendations for machines for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Those fabrics are gorgeous!
    Aren't they! I've made things with the teal & red one before and loved it, but the purple & green one has me itching to make something else with it now!

    I'm pretty much self taught, my mum sewed our clothes when I was young so I learned a bit from her & did some sewing at school too.

    I have a basic Brother machine that I'm pretty sure DH got for me from Spotlight, I didn't want to get overwhelmed with lots of functions to start off with. My advice when beginning is to pick patterns that use basic cotton (non-stretch) and lots of straight lines. Anything that comes with a tutorial (lots of patterns you can buy on etsy do) is a good bonus too. 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    You're all providing me with loads of inspiration. I'm actually getting a bit excited about the idea of a new hobby. The fact that you are both making such lovely things and are self taught gives me hope!

    I'm going to have a look at some machines today. My birthday is in June.... a machine would make a great present I think. And I know that the machines are often 50% off in June (at spotlight at least and there's nowhere else for me to get one here). Any recommendations for machines for a beginner?
    You will also find there are sales around mothers day so could be a bit of an early birthday present !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    You're all providing me with loads of inspiration. I'm actually getting a bit excited about the idea of a new hobby. The fact that you are both making such lovely things and are self taught gives me hope!

    I'm going to have a look at some machines today. My birthday is in June.... a machine would make a great present I think. And I know that the machines are often 50% off in June (at spotlight at least and there's nowhere else for me to get one here). Any recommendations for machines for a beginner?
    My mum helped me make one dress but other than that I just wing it - you tube tutorials have been my saviour when a pattern asks me to do something I don't understand!

    With buying a machine, become a spotlight VIP member because they often send out vouchers which can make things soooo cheap. My machine was $199 down to $99 on special and I had a 40% off voucher - $200 sewing machine for $60!!

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    Finally I have finished the shorts for ds! Omg it has taken me over 6h.
    I think it's too big but will have to wait for ds to wake up tomorrow morning to try it on.
    This is probably one of the most detailed things I have made! It's not clear on the pic but it has a faux fly front, side pockets, back pockets, belt loops.
    Turned out ok but waistband bit thick and the front and back center seams cover stitch don't line up.
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