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Pinned Topic Are you a beginner looking for a machine? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 33)
Here's my advice. . . others are welcome to add to it
Talitha 328 1/6/16 12:16 PM by Soulmann
Pinned Topic Being a beginner is fun! (Pages 1 2 3 ... 24)
Here's why...
Deepika 239 12/29/15 11:49 AM by SimpleThreads
Pinned Topic knit sewalong for beginners (Pages 1 2 3 ... 55)
knit top
LynnRowe 541 11/20/15 9:10 PM by kushami
Pinned Topic McCalls new tissue fitting videos (Pages 1 2)
The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fit method
sacjeanie 15 11/7/15 4:13 PM by Ubik
Pinned Topic Dress Forms (Pages 1 2 3 ... 42)
what to consider before I buy
ivory 410 10/26/15 10:07 PM by GayleMI
Pinned Topic Books for Beginners (Pages 1 2 3 ... 19)
please list your faves for our beginners!
MaryT 181 9/4/15 2:42 PM by Utta Retch
Pinned Topic Reviews of Online classes at PR (Pages 1 2 3)
A request
Thaiyal 28 11/25/13 10:12 PM by Adrocan
Need help understanding collar instruction (stuck!)
lekala 4195 top
MaryGreyFox 1 Today at 8:18 PM by simplystitches
3 Sewing Classes
What projects to choose?
Linnie73 5 Today at 8:16 PM by Linnie73
Looking for a similar pattern
Delores9 3 Today at 5:47 PM by SimpleThreads
Kai Scissors (Pages 1 2)
Best Prices on the 7250 today
Clay34 15 Today at 2:16 PM by Clay34
Need help finishing armhole w/ bias binding
I don't understand the lekala pattern instruction
MaryGreyFox 3 Today at 11:48 AM by MaryGreyFox
sewing nylon webbing
sewing nylon webbing for dog harness
Aisha18 5 Today at 1:39 AM by Holly Hobby
Messenger bag: needing a needle alternative
Heather LIB 9 Today at 0:39 AM by Heather LIB
New guy with a sewing machine. Look out! (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Grebs 36 2/5/16 10:30 PM by PattiAnnJ
Help - drawstring neckline
Not understanding Burda instructions
paulalou 7 2/5/16 11:20 AM by Kaktiki
Dog leash after machine mash (Pages 1 2)
Aisha18 13 2/5/16 9:25 AM by tlc7
How do you finish arm/sleeve seam?
serge? then what?
SusanL13 9 2/4/16 8:48 PM by Liamsmama
What size and type needle do I need? (Pages 1 2)
Sammie201 19 2/4/16 3:52 PM by Nancy K
Fusing knit stay tape to knits (Pages 1 2)
Scorching fabric
maggs.n 14 2/4/16 3:06 PM by maggs.n
Supreme beginner here. A question about Muslin (Pages 1 2 3)
Sammie201 20 2/3/16 6:26 PM by NVK
Leaking Iron (Pages 1 2)
Lauridul 16 2/3/16 5:41 PM by Michele Lommasson
would flannel work (Pages 1 2)
suzykue 14 2/3/16 5:36 AM by suzykue
plaid shirt sew-along
refurbished and ready to share!
kellyhogaboom 7 2/3/16 4:49 AM by Doja
Starting minky project
Lovie? Blankie? How to make lovie pattern?
Linnie73 4 2/2/16 10:55 AM by clt3
Need help with Nelco 6995 belt
Can't find a replacement
makule 3 2/1/16 8:14 PM by kayl
Need help with this stitch??
Alignment
bhandel 3 2/1/16 7:55 PM by PattiAnnJ
Grrr! Staticky patterns! (Pages 1 2)
Can anything be done?
stirwatersblue 16 2/1/16 2:05 PM by Elona
Are shears ever *needed*? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Or could rotary cutters do it all?
MaryGreyFox 32 1/31/16 9:48 PM by NanaAnna
Replace clear elastic in neckline with fold-over elastic?
KS 4085
stirwatersblue 7 1/31/16 9:45 PM by CdnSkier
Mixing different fabric types (Pages 1 2)
Results in skipped stitches!
simplystitches 14 1/31/16 9:41 PM by PetitePear
Need new sewing chair - wheels or not? (Pages 1 2 3)
Replacing my office chair
Melcalifornia 26 1/31/16 9:33 PM by CdnSkier
Bent handle scissors for pattern cut out? (Pages 1 2)
Struggling with knits...need tips
Melcalifornia 14 1/31/16 8:59 PM by CdnSkier
What fabric for fitting jeans? (Pages 1 2)
madcow 15 1/31/16 8:54 PM by CitySewing
Still loving your project--? (Pages 1 2)
cakemix 16 1/31/16 9:46 AM by mmcp
Collar and Facing (Pages 1 2)
Which is which
Tizmehr 12 1/31/16 3:12 AM by solosmocker
I have searched for an hour and still can't find a thread (Pages 1 2 3)
What sewing videos are available on Netflix
kajero 22 1/30/16 7:57 PM by 2mulie
Making your own panties pattern
The way I came up with mine
tigergirl 3 1/30/16 6:48 PM by NoelleW97
Perfectly Aligned Crossing Seams Every Time. (Pages 1 2)
How I ensure my crossing seams always align perfectly
kcurtis 17 1/30/16 5:29 PM by NoelleW97
Advice for sewing knit hem
Butterick 5954
LifeofJanine 4 1/30/16 5:16 PM by LifeofJanine
Do you finish seams that won't be seen? (Inside a bag?) (Pages 1 2)
tigereye1138 14 1/30/16 3:46 PM by Michele Lommasson
Simplicity #6672
Issue with extensions
tc5marzipan 5 1/30/16 12:54 PM by etillym
Cuff Conundrum! In need of expert help ... (Pages 1 2)
Heather LIB 14 1/30/16 6:55 AM by Ineedaname
Tracey's Tables for large machines
Sewing machine tables
Lveeckgosden 8 1/29/16 8:22 PM by Lveeckgosden
How to attach lingerie elastic to undies (Pages 1 2)
Serger or coverstitch?
cascadia 11 1/28/16 8:46 AM by kcurtis
Facings on McCalls 2149 shirt
BillTheSlink 5 1/28/16 0:38 AM by SewLibra
size 20
spoggy1954 5 1/27/16 11:43 PM by lyndle
type of fabric
spoggy1954 2 1/27/16 11:01 PM by kayl
Yoga pants with two-inch waistband (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
RedRockin 42 1/27/16 9:47 PM by simplystitches
Help me choose 1st time pants pattern (Pages 1 2 3)
Easy and good for curvy
SusanK50 23 1/26/16 11:45 PM by SusanK50
I conquered the machine blind hem foot (Pages 1 2)
My dress pant hem looks terrific....
mandeedee 10 1/26/16 5:33 PM by mandeedee
Trouble getting diagonal side seams to match up (Pages 1 2)
cakemix 10 1/26/16 3:55 PM by pointpatou
Question on "Wonder-Under"
Did I get sold the wrong type of interfacing?
BillTheSlink 9 1/26/16 1:27 AM by kayl
New machines to play with!!
RiderK 9 1/25/16 6:18 PM by RiderK
Laying out pattern on printed fabric
cakemix 9 1/25/16 4:38 PM by msschiel
Help with lining instructions (Vogue 8346) (Pages 1 2)
Completely confused...
Georgia 13 1/25/16 3:26 PM by pointpatou
Thread thinning out and bunching up? (Pages 1 2)
cathytxtwfr 11 1/25/16 12:56 PM by kayl
Help me choose 1st time pants pattern
Easy and good for curvy
SusanK50 0 1/25/16 0:04 AM by SusanK50
Snowmageddon- Opportunity to Improve Sewing Skills (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
Trapped in the house by the snow/ice store....sew!
mandeedee 41 1/24/16 12:39 PM by Marie367
Important info for beginners--a cautionary tale (Pages 1 2 3 4)
BillTheSlink 33 1/23/16 12:19 PM by NevadaGrace
Construction technique when your surging without a serger (Pages 1 2 3 4)
BillTheSlink 31 1/22/16 3:54 AM by kayl
I bought the wrong size pattern
cakemix 9 1/21/16 11:10 AM by Learn To Sew
How to work with lining fabric? (Pages 1 2)
tg33 15 1/20/16 8:20 PM by pointpatou
Aurifil thread (Pages 1 2)
Sewncooknmom 14 1/20/16 5:46 PM by Sewncooknmom
Can I remove staystitching?
shakantala 7 1/20/16 4:08 AM by cocosloft
Flat necklines (Pages 1 2)
cakemix 14 1/19/16 11:54 AM by LifeofJanine
How do I make seams alike? (Pages 1 2 3)
dannygirl 20 1/19/16 2:32 AM by trippinbugs
Excited and motivated beginner introduction! (Pages 1 2 3)
RiderK 27 1/18/16 8:48 PM by RiderK
Stocktaking and Organizing as a Newbie (Pages 1 2 3)
Splithoof 29 1/18/16 6:41 AM by Kashie
NEED ADVICE
tote bags
Nancy Ruiz 6 1/16/16 6:48 PM by kajero
How to measure and make buttonholes
7/8" Bridge Horn Button
Candy2 7 1/15/16 11:04 PM by Candy2
Cutting Onions (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
Splithoof 46 1/15/16 5:16 PM by Tizmehr
Preparing wool for sewing & fear of making mistakes (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
Numerous opinions/methods --> now unsure what to do
CityChik 45 1/15/16 1:39 PM by Wendy J
TIP: easy way to hand sew buttons (Pages 1 2)
kayl 11 1/15/16 0:36 AM by BriarRose
French seam + invisible zip (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Compatible?
janedoe0a 30 1/14/16 6:42 PM by kayl
Ottobre Pattern Help
Boy's Pants
EAMund 8 1/13/16 4:34 PM by kayl
Looking for Authentic Gibson Girl patterns
Dress patterns and Dress maker
USCA 4 1/13/16 2:48 PM by Samantha82
Just Make It Already! (Pages 1 2 3 4)
blog post worth reading
PammyJ 38 1/13/16 0:40 AM by material excess
Top stitching a zipper in a tube
Need help or a tutorial
Kumi 3 1/12/16 7:57 PM by DOGLOVER389
Need help with Looking for a machine. Not for me (Pages 1 2 3 ... 6)
Need some help looking for a machine for my wife.
Mr.NiceGuy 52 1/12/16 1:05 PM by Mr.NiceGuy
Simplicity 6374 neck band too short (Pages 1 2)
Neck band should extend 3/8" past front of shirt, but doesnt
bossmom4 12 1/12/16 7:17 AM by lakaribane
New Look 6374 Placket
Neckline Placket help wanted
raguvy 2 1/12/16 4:08 AM by raguvy
I need some help
Burner6999 5 1/12/16 0:48 AM by kayl
Spaghetti Straps (Pages 1 2 3)
Turning them
Splithoof 21 1/11/16 6:49 PM by pointpatou
Why not on the fold? (Pages 1 2 3)
RobA. 21 1/11/16 4:19 PM by RobA.
Going out of your comfort zone with new patterns (Pages 1 2)
Splithoof 19 1/9/16 6:30 PM by CityChik
Underlining Advice (Pages 1 2)
Underline swath of fabric or piece by piece?
kcstarr49 14 1/9/16 1:52 PM by GretchenB
the joys of sewing with friends (Pages 1 2 3)
rmusic1 20 1/9/16 1:01 PM by LynneH
Sewing pattern beanbag snail
searching for a pattern
KalliopeG 3 1/9/16 12:25 PM by beauturbo
Repairing a tiny round hole in a 99% wool 1% nylon Coat (Pages 1 2)
BillTheSlink 14 1/9/16 1:01 AM by B
Felled Seams (Pages 1 2)
Variations on a Seam
Al Johnson 10 1/8/16 7:45 PM by klhdoc
Sometimes I feel like I'm going backwards (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Skratchie 39 1/8/16 9:28 AM by quiltingwolf
Selecting Knit Fabric: 2-way vs 4-way stretch
zebazga 6 1/8/16 8:49 AM by Speech girl
Help with attaching sweatshirt cuffs? (Pages 1 2 3)
Clean finish with serger?
stirwatersblue 21 1/7/16 5:01 PM by NanaAnna
Telling Machine Needles Apart (Pages 1 2)
Splithoof 16 1/7/16 11:48 AM by Splithoof
making a 90s grunge floral shirt-dress
to cut on the bias, or no?
kellyhogaboom 5 1/6/16 10:00 PM by kellyhogaboom
When is enough enough? (for now?) (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Notions, fabric, patterns, etc.
Splithoof 33 1/6/16 8:46 PM by pointpatou
Lapped seams
cakemix 6 1/6/16 1:01 PM by Sanibelle
Stitch not locking at the end and bobbin being weird
Hopps 9 1/6/16 11:52 AM by PattiAnnJ
The care and feeding of cotton poly blends
BillTheSlink 6 1/6/16 11:11 AM by caren751
Janome Schoomate Skipping Stiches
Skipping Stiches
EyesofThunder 3 1/5/16 9:26 PM by EyesofThunder
What do you consider imperitive to keep a track of? (Pages 1 2 3)
Splithoof 22 1/5/16 2:12 PM by Mufffet
Bra muslin-need ideas (Pages 1 2 3)
sewwrecked 21 1/5/16 7:04 AM by lakaribane
Critiques and how do I do something better/cleaner (Pages 1 2 3)
First project, looking for some constructive criticisim
BrianM 23 1/5/16 0:21 AM by DOGLOVER389
Adjusting waist on a knit top pattern
Increase waist
LaurieGator 3 1/3/16 5:16 PM by Marie367
What to do with chiffon? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
I didn't know it would be see-through.
SusanL13 48 1/2/16 10:25 PM by labsrule
Buttonhole nightmare (Pages 1 2)
Esmerelda Twinpalms 14 1/2/16 6:07 PM by Vintage Joan
Hemming Jeans
Hemming jeans keeping the original hem
mandeedee 9 1/2/16 2:08 PM by Candy2
How to hem this fabric? (Pages 1 2 3)
very loose mesh
blueviola 22 12/31/15 12:55 PM by Candy2
help please! (knits) (Pages 1 2 3 4)
I am new to this and getting frustrated
Dithyrambic 30 12/30/15 10:55 PM by ShantiSeamstressing
Can I underline a stretchy knit with self fabric?
Underlining
212tanguera 7 12/30/15 9:08 PM by kayl
Favorite way to stabilize shoulder seams? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
In knit tops
stirwatersblue 31 12/29/15 8:32 PM by Elona
SO impressed with Jalie ! (Pages 1 2)
I posted a negative review - and they FIXED what was wrong.
HOWsMom 15 12/28/15 8:25 PM by YasmeenS
First serger project, first Jalie pattern (Pages 1 2)
RobA. 13 12/28/15 7:58 PM by kayl
Does anybody actually use detachable collars? (Pages 1 2)
Splithoof 17 12/27/15 11:50 AM by blueviola
cotton webbing,twill
what's the difference,whats best?
Calicreative 7 12/26/15 4:10 PM by Al Johnson
Brother xl2600i buttonhole foot (Pages 1 2)
buttonhole foot missing bracket?
JennyQNY 18 12/25/15 9:45 PM by Dithyrambic
Bobbin thread bunching when using a twin needle? (Pages 1 2)
ecs81 19 12/25/15 8:00 PM by missyyz
Preventing your closet from being too matchy-matchy (Pages 1 2 3)
Splithoof 22 12/25/15 4:39 PM by marymary86
Best time to apply T-shirt neckband? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
In the flat? In the round? Any other tips?
stirwatersblue 37 12/24/15 6:48 PM by Nancy K
what coat pattern would you use for a long pile faux fur? (Pages 1 2)
Use the fur as the accent? As the body? Looking for inspiration!
kellyhogaboom 16 12/24/15 4:34 PM by kellyhogaboom
Should I Use a Walking Foot Next Time? (Pages 1 2 3)
Bias Tape Slipping
Dantanamo 20 12/24/15 1:14 PM by Candy2
Help- sewing a stretch woven pant
Straight stitch ok?
Beaglemama 5 12/24/15 4:33 AM by cocosloft
Some say sewing doesn't save money... (Pages 1 2 3 ... 14)
But what if that's your only choice?
Splithoof 134 12/24/15 4:01 AM by gabrielle
Rotary blades? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
How long should they last, and is there a good way to sharpen them?
Melcalifornia 34 12/23/15 7:35 AM by CeCeC
I see the light- Ott light that is.... (Pages 1 2 3)
Sewing is easier when you can see.
mandeedee 26 12/23/15 5:43 AM by msschiel
Successes versus failures and feeding motivation (Pages 1 2)
Green Apple 17 12/22/15 11:43 PM by pointpatou
List your 'basics' here (Pages 1 2 3 ... 6)
Quick help guide :-)
Sheseams 54 12/22/15 11:27 PM by pointpatou
Cake The Tee 2224 - pattern question
zebazga 3 12/22/15 6:03 PM by Kari_cardi
What stitch or machine is used for this? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Lin171 36 12/22/15 5:27 PM by Daylily
Do you go back and fix old garment? (Pages 1 2 3)
ekraterf 24 12/22/15 2:19 PM by SewLuva
Threads and Micro-Serrated Shears (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
Pre-Acquisition Advice
heteromodal 46 12/22/15 11:55 AM by kayl
Sewing a tote bag:Lining and straps (Pages 1 2)
how do you add a lining and is it necessary
Calicreative 13 12/22/15 8:33 AM by sew4grands
Altering men's dress shirts (Pages 1 2 3)
Is it worth the effort?
birdmcfarland 29 12/21/15 9:17 PM by kayl
I've never sewn a godet...
help finding the right tutorial with pictures
blueviola 4 12/21/15 8:43 PM by Frappie
What is size 1/2 (Pages 1 2)
SarahSW 14 12/21/15 3:28 PM by Karla Kizer
Sewing books to grow with (Pages 1 2)
Sewncooknmom 14 12/20/15 12:10 PM by Irina Grace
What would you make? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
Splithoof 40 12/19/15 4:50 AM by Vibekeinyork
Underside start-stitch ugly
Pufamuf 7 12/18/15 1:07 AM by Melcalifornia
Would Velvet Work For This Pattern ? (Pages 1 2)
fuuie 11 12/17/15 11:26 PM by NanaAnna
Need Help with Boxers #404
Timberlane Boxers
GrammaSewn 1 12/17/15 8:40 AM by geniknits
Vogue 8909 pattern help (Pages 1 2)
zebazga 18 12/16/15 10:17 PM by zebazga
Stitch removers! (Pages 1 2)
Like hospitals use!
Splithoof 15 12/16/15 10:40 AM by Kelly D.
sewing as a business (Pages 1 2 3 ... 11)
tinyskids 104 12/15/15 10:14 PM by tlc246
Feel Good About Your Sewing (Pages 1 2)
DOGLOVER389 14 12/15/15 7:13 PM by missyyz
Want to turn this designer dress to a tunic....
Seams hehe simple enough?
Splithoof 6 12/15/15 0:23 AM by Elephun
Really loose weave linens and seams? (Pages 1 2)
splitting at the slightest pull
Splithoof 15 12/14/15 4:25 PM by Nancy K
How do Ieven begin with these sleeves? (Pages 1 2)
Splithoof 10 12/14/15 9:23 AM by HelenM01
I don't understand these pattern directions (Simplicity 1014) (Pages 1 2)
Maybe I can't handle quite *this* much simplicity.
catscatscats 14 12/12/15 11:15 PM by catscatscats
Why press waist seam allowance up?
Will it do harm if I press it down instead?
MaryGreyFox 5 12/12/15 8:40 PM by SPOOKIETOO
New to using All my measurements (now that I am a plus size) (Pages 1 2)
Picking the right size pattern
lily whiteowl 14 12/12/15 2:04 PM by SPOOKIETOO
How about a game? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Encouragement for all levels
PammyJ 35 12/12/15 9:43 AM by Ineedaname
Are the newbees learning the basics? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 17)
DebbyS 169 12/12/15 1:50 AM by artsya3
question about The Basics (Pages 1 2 3)
cutting direction
klhdoc 21 12/11/15 5:50 PM by klhdoc
Help cutting out slippery lining fabric... (Pages 1 2)
I thought I did it right, but the pieces seemed to have grown.
MaryGreyFox 10 12/11/15 3:53 PM by Tbomb
How can the oldbies help the newbies get that early success to keep 'em going? (Pages 1 2)
kayl 14 12/9/15 9:42 PM by kayl
Let's have happy beginners. (Pages 1 2 3 ... 6)
jadamo00 51 12/9/15 1:39 PM by marec
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