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From: rachael220
Date: 05-27-2007, 06:42 PM (1 of 4)
Hello. My name is Rachael and I am REALLY new at sewing. I got my first sewing machine from my mom yesterday, and it took me 2 hours to thread the thing. It was a task to say the least. I am going to go home tonight and practice on some old t-shirts (my mom used to sew and she said that was what to do starting out). That is, if I threaded the thing correctly. I let everyone know how it goes. If anyone has any helpful hints, let me know. Thanks.
User: rachael220
Member since: 05-27-2007
Total posts: 2
From: jessie s
Date: 05-27-2007, 07:54 PM (2 of 4)
Rachael read the instruction booklet cover to cover several times. Been sewing over 15 years and have 2 machines and still have to check the manual. Then on old material practice the different stitches. You can change each stitch with the stitch length and width. I wouldn't practice on tshirt material because has a lot of stretch. Ordinary cotton is best. Good luck. jessie s
User: jessie s
Member since: 02-26-2007
Total posts: 46
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-27-2007, 10:09 PM (3 of 4)
Hi Rachel, welcome to the group. Hope you will check in often and let us know what projects you are working on.
Is there a machine dealer nearby who can give you lessons? When I taught sewing classes, I would always have the student stitch without thread on notebook paper to learn to sew straight lines. Then I would have them takes swatches of broadcloth and write down the stitch # and practice sewing the stitch. You would do this with thread in the machine. The advice to read your manual is crucial to have a successful sewing experience. Good luck!
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: temom
Date: 05-30-2007, 08:39 AM (4 of 4)
Welcome, Rachel! So how is the sewing going? Did you have your machine threaded correctly?
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
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