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From: ErinMichelle
Date: 11-29-2003, 12:50 AM (1 of 5)
Hi everyone!

I got my first sewing machine today. I also got my first sewing pattern too. It's an easy one, but I'm not sure how to really use it. Could someone help me understand?

User: ErinMichelle
Member since: 11-29-2003
Total posts: 1
From: bren
Date: 11-29-2003, 08:08 AM (2 of 5)
Welcome ErinMichelle to the boards...

I find if you read your instructions a few times before you start.... really helps... if you have a problem as you go... just yell for help... someone will help you out.

Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
User: bren
Member since: 11-30-2002
Total posts: 489
From: plrlegal
Date: 11-29-2003, 09:36 PM (3 of 5)
Try this link to see if it helps you understand your pattern a little better. Just remeber, take it one step at a time. Don't look at your pattern as a whole. Just look at the instructions and read them carefully from the very beginning, all of the instructions for each symbol means, fabric layout, etc.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: mikecox
Date: 12-04-2003, 03:36 PM (4 of 5)
Originally posted by plrlegal
Try this link
Patsy, did you forget the link?

Erin, don't be discouraged if you don't understand some of the instructions you find in patterns.

I have found them to be very confounding sometimes, only to discover that they are wrong or just very poorly worded; mostly the latter. :sick:

Several times I have had to contact pattern makers, many have websites and e-mail support addresses, for get an explaination. They are usually very helpful.

There is a lot of jargon in pattern instructions that you need to learn as well and some of it is listed on the pattern.

Just remember, before you begin a project read, and understand, the instructions. Read them ALL THE WAY THROUGH, first! Then start sewing.

Also remember that this is the place to ask questions about things you don't understand, and don't be afraid to ask. Your question may seem "stupid" to you but it probebly isn't :bg:
In San Diego
User: mikecox
Member since: 09-08-2003
Total posts: 42
From: Magot
Date: 12-04-2003, 03:54 PM (5 of 5)
Erin, just take it step by step and don't rush yourself. Perhaps the link you were looking for was here
Julies lesson are very comprehensive.
I find when laying something out I lay and pin and then go away and come back another day to check it before I cut.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
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