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Seano
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Date: 9/16/12 0:39 AM

Hi my name is Sean and for the year 2013 i wanna learn sewing. I think a nice basic project would be to make a pair of boxers. I was looking at getting a Janome Jem Gold 660 for my first machine. The reviews for it look good and the price is right. Any and all input would be great. thanks everyone
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Date: 9/16/12 2:18 AM

Welcome! Is there something in specific you would like input on? The Sew Everything Workshop book by Diana Rupp is great for beginners and also includes a pattern for boxers. The other patterns may or may not be to your taste, but her instructions are good and she sets a sound foundation for you to grow off. I recommend you look at whatever sewing books you can at the library or bookstore before you buy them, there's a lot of overlap of information most of which you can find online.
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Date: 9/16/12 8:22 AM

Hi Sean and welcome! A Janome is a good choice for a first machine! I am not familiar with the Jem Gold but Janome's entry level machines are pretty solid and easy to use. J personally own two Janomes: one is a mechanical Kenmore made Janome and a Janome 6600P. Get a few books like the Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing-I saw the older version on Amazon for $1.77. It has some good general information that you will need to know to be successful. Boxers would be an easy first project. I would recommend Kwik Sew boxers boxer pattern link Kwik Sew patterns have good directions and helpful hints. There is a thread here under "General Sewing" that is for men who sew. You will find lots of help. here. Just ask questions!
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Date: 9/16/12 8:43 AM

Hi Seano,

Good for you for wanting to learn something new!

If you'd like to find an instructor in your area, check out the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals http://www.sewingprofessionals.org.
We are an international trade group of designers, alterationists, instructors, etc.

Good luck. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Juliette

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Date: 9/16/12 8:58 AM

The easiest way to start is to take a lesson. I would check at your local sewing/fabric store, be it Joann's, Hancock's or an independent store(if you are lucky enough to have one). Then take your basic intro to sewing class. Learn how to handle your machine and sew basic seams, pick out patterns and fabric. This will help give you a foundation for more skills. Don't be disappointed if your first project isn't perfect, or your tenth for that matter. You will gain skills as you go along. A good class with a good teacher will help you get started far more easily then on your own. Some people learn well independently, but I will always recommend a class to start learning to sew. Good luck and have fun!
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Date: 9/16/12 9:37 AM

Peter at Male Pattern Boldness taught himself to sew. He hosted a boxer sew along that you might want to follow along with:
Boxer sew along

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Date: 9/16/12 10:39 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing -- although I've never used the Janome Jem, I have 4 Janomes in my studio and have been happy with all of them.

I second the recommendation for a Kwik Sew pattern for boxers -- the instructions for Kwik Sew are clear and concise and in most cases are geared to the beginning sewist. A general sewing book will also be a good addition to your sewing supplies -- I have both the Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing and one published by Singer (I far prefer the Reader's Digest one and still refer to it often).

Have fun and come back often -- someone will always be here to answer your questions.

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