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#1 SmallDarkHandsome

Posted 18 November 2008 - 01:15 PM

Hi ladies

I've just bought my first sewing machine...a Janome DC3050 on special for $499  original.gif (or rather, it's an early birthday present from DH and from my Mum but couldn't resist the special price...)

Now I have no idea what to start with as a project! I have sewed before at school and made basic garments like a simple skirt and shirts etc but I was never very good (actually, I only took the subject at all because I got kicked out of Latin...).

Any suggestions for where to begin?? I bought it mainly so that I could make basic kids things for DS, particularly fancy dress costumes etc but I'm not completely anti making things for myself or for the home if I could be certain they wouldn't look as awful as my early efforts in the '80s when I was at school...  tongue.gif

Also, I need to stock up on a basic bits & pieces kit - what do you think is essential before getting started? (I mean things like pins, scissors, tailor's chalk, tape measure etc)

Thanks in advance!

Edited by SmallDarkandHandsome, 18 November 2008 - 01:17 PM.

#2 blueberry℘twist

Posted 18 November 2008 - 01:58 PM

Hi and welcome waves.gif

In the pinned FAQ thread there are a few tips that may help - like a list of basic tools/equipment.

As for a starting project I suggest a simple bag, like a library bag for your DS ?

Also things like a pincushion for yourself, oven mitts (this months beginners challenger)

Any other questions you have?

There is also a tonne of free tutorials and patterns in the pinned lists as well biggrin.gif

HTH  grin.gif

#3 novy

Posted 18 November 2008 - 03:48 PM

How very exciting! I have the same machine which DH bought for me 2 years ago and it is still going well.

The first thing I sewed was a pair of pants for DD. That was about the first thing I had ever sewn beside a bunny rug, and I think it went ok.

But as GQ said, a library bag should be simple enough and you can embellish it as you like.

Have fun with your sewing machine and do come and join the sewing group  original.gif

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