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From: tabithajanine
Date: 04-03-2007, 02:33 PM (1 of 10)
Hi everyone,
My name is Tabitha, I am a stay at home mom wanting to learn how to make clothes for my baby. I have never sewn other than in a home and careers class in sixth grade!!!! I want to buy a sewing machine but I dont know which ones are good. I really want to make bathing suits for my daughter but I dont know if you need a special sewing machine for making bathing suits. Also if anyone has any info on where to get pattterns for infants bathing suits that would be helpful. Thank you!!:
User: tabithajanine
Member since: 04-03-2007
Total posts: 2
From: lendube
Date: 04-03-2007, 03:23 PM (2 of 10)
Hi Tabitha and welcome,

It's terrific that you found this site if you're interested in learning.

To answer quickly, no, you do not need a special machine for swim suits. (If you're such a beginner you might start with something a little simpler like a sundress and bloomers.)

You can find patterns at any fabric store or a WalMart's fabric dept. Check your phone book under Fabric.

Go to the other forums; General Sewing, Machine Talk for more info on which machine might be best for you.

People here have everything from the cheapest to the most expensive on the market.

Good Luck and come back often.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: tabithajanine
Date: 04-03-2007, 03:31 PM (3 of 10)
Thank you for your advice!!!!
User: tabithajanine
Member since: 04-03-2007
Total posts: 2
From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-03-2007, 07:33 PM (4 of 10)
Welcome, Tabitha. Sounds like some fun on the horizon!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: cshortsew
Date: 04-03-2007, 08:06 PM (5 of 10)
Welcome Tabitha, I'm sure you'll find everyone here to be very helpful. I would suggest starting with something other than bathing suits also, sundresses are a good idea and not too difficult.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: PaulineG
Date: 04-03-2007, 09:21 PM (6 of 10)
Welcome Tabitha, I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun as you start sewing. As a nearly beginner myself I have to say I agree with the others. Swimsuit fabric (lycra) is apparently one of the more difficult fabrics to work with. I say apparently because I haven't yet been brave enough to try. Is there a special reason you want to make the swimsuits?

The first few things you try should be fairly easy - there's still a chance of a small mistake or too (we all make those - just look through some old posts) but it's easier to fix with a simple pattern and forgiving fabric - and of course the advice of the lovely and patient ladies (and gentlemen) here.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: allanorah
Date: 04-04-2007, 11:00 AM (7 of 10)
Hi Tabitha!

Welcome! I'm pretty new to sewing as well, and these guys are great!! They're incredibly helpful and know their stuff too!!

User: allanorah
Member since: 03-25-2007
Total posts: 20
From: IsabelleB
Date: 04-05-2007, 09:44 AM (8 of 10)
Hi and welcome, Tabitha! :bluesmile
Lennie gave you some great advice. :bluesmile
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
From: esrun3
Date: 04-05-2007, 09:36 PM (9 of 10)
Welcome Tabitha! To get back into sewing, you might check with your local fabric store and see if they offer beginner classes. I like the Kwik Sew book for baby patterns-check it out.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: temom
Date: 04-09-2007, 12:30 PM (10 of 10)
Hi Tabitha. I'm new to sewing also (1 year). Something that helped me a lot was reading about every book the library had on sewing.
I also bought 2 kwik sew books - they are great, and have the patterns as well!
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
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