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Pinned Topic Books for Beginners (Pages 1 2 3 ... 18)
please list your faves for our beginners!
MaryT 174 2/14/15 2:06 PM by labsrule
Pinned Topic Dress Forms (Pages 1 2 3 ... 39)
what to consider before I buy
ivory 386 1/29/15 5:49 PM by weekendstitch
Pinned Topic Being a beginner is fun! (Pages 1 2 3 ... 23)
Here's why...
Deepika 228 1/23/15 5:34 AM by rmusic1
Pinned Topic knit sewalong for beginners (Pages 1 2 3 ... 55)
knit top
LynnRowe 540 7/25/14 8:20 PM by marymary86
Pinned Topic Are you a beginner looking for a machine? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 32)
Here's my advice. . . others are welcome to add to it
Talitha 316 7/13/14 3:23 PM by Stuggy
Pinned Topic Reviews of Online classes at PR (Pages 1 2 3)
A request
Thaiyal 28 11/25/13 10:12 PM by Adrocan
Advice - how to clean up technique?
pattysewsnow 3 Today at 8:18 AM by Marie367
Resources to learn tailoring/alterations of RTW?
TaniaMarie 3 Today at 7:32 AM by Tarrbaby
Jean top stitching
What do you use for the bobbin thread
StitchyMama 9 Today at 4:03 AM by kcurtis
Tissue paper in sewing? (Pages 1 2)
LDT2011 19 3/3/15 2:03 PM by stirwatersblue
getting worse with practice, not better (Pages 1 2)
the more I sew, the worse it gets
JenniM 16 3/3/15 3:57 AM by Utta Retch
What are the "spikes" on patterns? (Pages 1 2 3)
Can't quite figure it out?
corrado33 20 3/3/15 1:30 AM by wendyrb
M6951 McCall's Pattern
Collar band and collar seem too long
Lara47 8 3/2/15 8:40 PM by simplystitches
Printable Patterns
Lara47 2 3/2/15 3:14 PM by Lara47
swimsuit fabrics
polish mom1 1 3/2/15 1:13 AM by ElaineSweet
Flat felled jeans seams "texture."
How do you create it?
corrado33 6 3/1/15 7:24 PM by Al Johnson
Mccalls 5379 help!
LDT2011 6 3/1/15 12:07 PM by HelenM01
Am I crazy??
mixmkr 5 2/28/15 8:53 PM by beauturbo
What is nap? (Pages 1 2)
polish mom1 11 2/28/15 1:40 AM by annsew65
New member question
where to post an intro?
FashionBTS 6 2/27/15 9:36 AM by FashionBTS
Janome DC2014 babylock Tempo? (Pages 1 2)
Zoeymil 11 2/26/15 10:48 PM by allorache
ruffling foot
polish mom1 3 2/26/15 10:37 PM by diane s
smocking
measuring
polish mom1 7 2/26/15 9:50 AM by polish mom1
Burda paper patterns
Do they have seam allowances?
naptimemom 7 2/26/15 8:50 AM by emilyibis
Singer 201k... broken needle, confusing walking foot (Pages 1 2)
Looking for needles and walking foot instructions
Write1A 14 2/24/15 9:29 AM by lisalu
Ideas needed (Pages 1 2)
rosanna22 12 2/24/15 7:41 AM by rosanna22
Sagging double knit
2humans2dogs 6 2/24/15 6:41 AM by Geejay
Brussels Washer Linen
MisfitToy 4 2/23/15 10:58 PM by Elona
Can i use a twin needle in my new machine?
StitchyMama 5 2/23/15 3:03 PM by Marie367
champion sewing machine
conn.rod 3 2/23/15 2:01 PM by skae
Coverpro Coverstitching Frustration
shimmering lycra/ knit legging
Ldill31 6 2/22/15 8:01 PM by ryan's mom
Dealing with fabric that frays.
corrado33 5 2/21/15 1:40 PM by aqn
Ira Glass on the Creative Process
Ira Glass speaks about learning to do something
sacjeanie 8 2/20/15 8:16 PM by sacjeanie
FBA leg lengths after dropping the apex
how to balance the legs?
hoyhoy 4 2/20/15 6:46 PM by hoyhoy
Help with pattern directions
KellyWRussell 8 2/20/15 10:05 AM by KellyWRussell
getting worse with practice, not better (Pages 1 2 3 4)
the more I sew, the worse it gets
JenniM 30 2/19/15 10:26 AM by DolphinDancer30
How to stop one fabric from stretching?
When using 2 layers, how to stop lining fabric from stretching?
corrado33 7 2/19/15 8:04 AM by RLL
Problems with rolled hem foot (Pages 1 2)
Ina Maria 19 2/18/15 7:32 PM by CM_Sews
an alternative view of sewing tools (just for fun)
rmusic1 4 2/18/15 6:20 PM by Datcat23
Is clingy knit any good for making muslins?
dreamgarden 5 2/16/15 9:21 PM by dreamgarden
longest length of fabric that I can fit in my washing machine? (Pages 1 2)
TriStateAria 16 2/16/15 6:48 PM by weekendstitch
stretch denim grai
saraatkin 2 2/15/15 12:01 PM by saraatkin
Please help me with my midi skirt problem (Pages 1 2)
samgill 15 2/15/15 8:46 AM by kalniete
Waistband interfaceing
StitchyMama 2 2/14/15 11:07 AM by StitchyMama
Babylock tempo
Zoeymil 3 2/13/15 10:56 PM by Enerostar83
Sewing heavy weight #10 plastic zipper question
Brine 6 2/13/15 9:51 PM by Brine
Blogs by people of color (Pages 1 2)
looking for/to support
Pomegranate27 19 2/13/15 2:42 PM by Pomegranate27
Would a Hong Kong finish be okay for a crotch curve? (Pages 1 2)
Finishing the crotch curve on pj bottoms
renren 15 2/13/15 11:44 AM by renren
What steam iron do you use? (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
I need a new iron and am not sure what to get
Erplab 47 2/13/15 10:15 AM by Utta Retch
Petticoat Simplicity 3847 Poodle Skirt
Ruffles for the petticoat just don't make sense
SewingFreeHand 3 2/12/15 8:26 AM by Pamela R
Bias Tape Question
lka674 8 2/12/15 0:38 AM by stirwatersblue
Teaching 10-11 year olds
Pattern cutting
plumfan 9 2/11/15 12:46 PM by Kwaaked
Will sewing for dolls help me practice for people-sized clothing? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
TwinkleBoss 37 2/11/15 11:37 AM by 61sew4fun
Your experience: trace and cut or cut through pattern paper? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
What's the best technique?
mizcorbie 30 2/10/15 10:26 AM by kitphantom
Question about free tunic top I downloaded
Is this cut wrong or right sides together? Help!
naptimemom 7 2/9/15 10:30 PM by naptimemom
Just starting out
Zoeymil 7 2/9/15 6:50 PM by ShantiSeamstressing
sewing 2 different textiles together
what size and type of needle do I use, what type of thread?
elna2 4 2/9/15 12:36 PM by elna2
Measure your measuring tape.
Measuring Tape Measure
sewdoggie22 7 2/9/15 12:36 PM by ASiverson
Help with Coat Lining
Total beginner to outdoor/jacket stuff
Chococat 5 2/9/15 6:37 AM by Ineedaname
Poodle skirt
sditz1 1 2/9/15 0:24 AM by Bernadette W
pattern for knits
adjustments
polish mom1 8 2/8/15 7:26 PM by LynnRowe
Zippers - Replace or repair? (Pages 1 2)
Zipper Pin
DianeDrexel 16 2/7/15 10:20 PM by DianeDrexel
Janome Home 2014 Stretch stitch
Stretch Stitch
Rhonlynn 5 2/7/15 7:34 PM by Arlene1995
Need Advice on choosing and placing closures like snaps, hook and eye
Debbeg 2 2/5/15 6:13 PM by beauturbo
When do the new season's patterns come out?
Want to start spring and summer sewing
naptimemom 4 2/4/15 11:07 AM by LizJ58
half scale dress form
1/2 scale dress form
sewsewmom 9 2/4/15 5:03 AM by jenleeC
Maybe the Fairy Bra Mother could come to Mpls, MN/ (Pages 1 2)
kajero 19 2/3/15 7:39 PM by diane s
Choosing a pattern size (Pages 1 2)
Picking the right measurement
Debbeg 14 2/2/15 6:16 AM by dillyduck
Fabric left overs etiquette??
Mangosteen25 9 2/1/15 6:18 PM by BriarRose
Walking Foot - Edgestitch?
GoKesselGo 3 2/1/15 5:00 PM by PattiAnnJ
Do I really need fusible wadding? (Pages 1 2)
Mangosteen25 10 2/1/15 7:06 AM by Mangosteen25
Help with Joining Moneta Bodice and Skirt
writerchicknyc 8 1/30/15 5:01 PM by LizJ58
Does my machine need service or not? (Pages 1 2)
stumped my problem which spontaneously solved or partially solved itself
Liz in Cville 10 1/29/15 12:54 PM by weekendstitch
Fabric for quilt binding (Pages 1 2)
Tape maker or "fold tape in half lengthwise" method
Melcalifornia 13 1/27/15 9:28 AM by kitphantom
Sanity check my body measurements please (Pages 1 2)
And, can I successfully use the pattern I've chosen?
gretchenross 18 1/26/15 9:20 PM by Red Dragon
making your own form
Bdawn 9 1/26/15 7:10 PM by Bdawn
How many times do you make a pattern before you get it right? (Pages 1 2 3)
Making mistakes
Debbeg 22 1/26/15 11:40 AM by chisgran
Serging slippery fabric (Pages 1 2)
AZGreyGirl 19 1/25/15 4:42 PM by LynnRowe
Problems with Collar Stand
DOGLOVER389 8 1/25/15 12:50 PM by beauturbo
PATTERNS - True confessions - need advice & emotional support (Pages 1 2)
I have NEVER actually sewed something from a "real" pattern ... scared ... HELP!
natkat 15 1/25/15 2:46 AM by natkat
Messy bottom stitches
Beginner questions
RoJonesDesigns 8 1/24/15 5:52 PM by emmasgranny
Simplicity 2255 neck band has me stumped
stringfigures 2 1/24/15 3:15 PM by beauturbo
Brand new to the sewing world (Pages 1 2 3)
Dicanio89 21 1/23/15 7:32 PM by Vintage Joan
Leather jacket repair
how to repair v-shaped tear in hubby's leather jacket
gneebee 8 1/22/15 10:30 PM by Al Johnson
Do you sew buttons on by machine or by hand? (Pages 1 2 3 4)
It seems I am terrible at both
kajero 34 1/21/15 7:07 PM by Sewcoastal
Help with back neck facing (on a lined jacket/cloak)
Facing piece seems too long?
stirwatersblue 4 1/21/15 6:30 PM by Sewcoastal
Taking the shine out of poly satin?
How can I make shiny satin, um, un-shiny?
bettina77 6 1/21/15 2:59 PM by detroy
Simplicity 1716 - I feel clueless!
Can't understand the directions
Debbeg 9 1/21/15 8:08 AM by Debbeg
Buttonhole problems! (Pages 1 2 3)
ok on test fabric, but not on garment
C_M 25 1/19/15 6:38 PM by C_M
Silk Charmeuse (Pages 1 2 3)
Questions about stabilizing and washing silk charmeuse
bettina77 28 1/19/15 5:46 PM by BriarRose
Husband Buying for Wife (Pages 1 2 3 4)
coro32 33 1/19/15 12:27 PM by PattiAnnJ
Armhole Conundrum!
Armholes in a coat should not be too small
nestle 9 1/18/15 8:28 PM by Arlene1995
Elna 1010 or Elna SU???
Which has solid dependable operation?
Sibe 2 1/18/15 7:44 PM by Sibe
((GASP)) Skip Interfacing? (Pages 1 2)
Apron Strings 13 1/18/15 12:47 PM by PattiAnnJ
flannel problems (Pages 1 2 3 4)
BlueSkysAhead 34 1/17/15 2:13 PM by coffeebreak
Trying out bias for New Look 6803 View D
So what do I do with the Y neck facing?
LiinSd 4 1/17/15 0:29 AM by LiinSd
Attaching toggles or leather buckles
Alternative to buttons or clasps
stirwatersblue 6 1/16/15 10:17 PM by skae
Shoulder fitting question
frecklesforever 5 1/16/15 9:12 PM by Arlene1995
Step 31 Simplicity 1456 Is that a typo?
becknbob 3 1/16/15 3:55 PM by becknbob
Are Knit Jeggings Appropriate for Toddler Boys? (Pages 1 2 3)
kajero 21 1/15/15 3:40 PM by Arlene1995
Sewing pattern from crochet picture
How to make a pattern from only a pic
sewmesilly 9 1/15/15 1:35 PM by NobuMurakawa
How do you identify DRESS FORM
Found one on CL - without maker name but other markings
idontsew 7 1/14/15 8:19 PM by idontsew
Drop yoke issues
trying to work out a ratio for a workable shirt
Stuggy 2 1/14/15 2:08 PM by Stuggy
Mending super soft socks (how?)
sewpapa 5 1/12/15 9:49 PM by WTG
correct sewing posture means I can't see what I'm doing (Pages 1 2 3)
any suggestions?
meleliza 23 1/12/15 2:36 PM by Apron Strings
Adler 187
uwansee 1 1/12/15 1:56 PM by weekendstitch
Tartan Polyviscose fabric - which side?
Can't tell if it's important which side of the fabric needs to be the outside out
Stuggy 7 1/12/15 5:38 AM by Stuggy
Lost my instructions!
Mangosteen25 4 1/12/15 4:11 AM by Mangosteen25
Step 7 on McCalls 6563,help please!
frecklesforever 4 1/11/15 7:10 PM by Samantha82
Sulky thread is fraying and breaking while sewing. (Pages 1 2)
HOWsMom 17 1/11/15 12:56 PM by sammyowner
Sewing machine recommendation for 5 yr old (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
What would be a good beginner machine for my crafty girl?
rosannec 40 1/11/15 9:36 AM by ryan's mom
pear shaped patterns
suzykue 4 1/10/15 8:05 PM by kajero
New Look 6150 - Step 4 Confusion (Pages 1 2)
Pattern Assistance
Tonya P 13 1/10/15 4:52 PM by Meg McKinney
Best serger (new or used) for the money?
hgs2014 5 1/10/15 11:23 AM by sacjeanie
Hong Kong finish on zipper seam
Spacious Skies 2 1/8/15 1:07 PM by Spacious Skies
Questions about sewing knits for the first time
Beansmarie 4 1/8/15 11:02 AM by sewsally
What width bias tape should I get?
Pattern says to cut 1-1/2" strips. What size do I buy?
mizcorbie 6 1/8/15 9:46 AM by mizcorbie
Need help with back dress zipper, please
Zipper is final step, but how to squeeze the dress onto the machine?
mizcorbie 9 1/8/15 9:45 AM by mizcorbie
Sewing with ITY Knits (Pages 1 2 3)
anniem404 22 1/7/15 11:15 PM by RLL
sleeves
polish mom1 5 1/7/15 1:51 PM by solosmocker
Beginner sewing machine (Pages 1 2 3)
Sweetmomof2 22 1/6/15 12:29 PM by sditz1
Machine embroid thread - just for a bit of glam?
Mangosteen25 6 1/6/15 0:21 AM by Mangosteen25
Question About Boxed Cusion Covers
Boxed Cusion Cover
BeginnerBob 3 1/5/15 10:52 PM by GretchenB
Brother vs bernina (Pages 1 2)
New sewing machine decision
mrsgulliver 11 1/5/15 5:30 PM by stirwatersblue
I'm hand sewing buttons and borrowed an idea (Pages 1 2)
straight from the cross stitchers' playbook
marymary86 12 1/5/15 2:48 AM by SharonBridges
What did people use before fuisble interfacing? And . . .
Mangosteen25 8 1/4/15 8:02 PM by GretchenB
French seam question
Can I put an interior wrap around belt hole into one?
PriorPatterns 7 1/4/15 2:40 PM by PriorPatterns
Using FBA, other adjustments, or patterns with cup sizes...
Which size to buy yardage for?
CityChik 4 1/4/15 1:15 AM by diane s
so I ask myself, exactly how did this happen?... (Pages 1 2 3)
a comic tale
rmusic1 20 1/3/15 9:16 PM by solosmocker
Singer 550-c Bobbin Insertion
budvar 3 1/3/15 8:27 PM by budvar
Dart Dimples (Nipply Darts)
How to Correct a Dart with a Dimple
amysayssew 8 12/31/14 7:23 PM by amysayssew
My machine doesn't have seam allowance guide (Pages 1 2)
gretchenross 11 12/31/14 1:02 PM by travel4fabric
My knit is being a nightmare (Pages 1 2)
Springhaas 10 12/31/14 0:40 AM by Geejay
New Look 6176
Help with collar
fliggie 5 12/30/14 5:15 PM by Laurie Lou
Sewing Questions About Pattern
Burda Mod Shift Dress #107
erinschaaf 5 12/30/14 11:06 AM by erinschaaf
Butterick 5948 help please (Pages 1 2)
if you've done this pattern, view D
Liz in Cville 13 12/29/14 10:24 PM by Tommy1969
Fusible vs. non-fusible
OK to sub non-fusible for fusible?
Liz in Cville 7 12/29/14 7:28 AM by LynnRowe
just bought a Juki 562 and a Singer 107w
mixmkr 3 12/28/14 9:07 PM by mixmkr
Brother Serger 1034D New won't sew
Serger won't sew
happysewone 8 12/27/14 7:59 PM by BrendaJoyce
Thread shred at fabric on Pfaff P5 -tension issue?
What am I doing wrong?
idontsew 6 12/27/14 2:32 PM by idontsew
Whew... (Pages 1 2)
just finished my dress
marec 12 12/26/14 7:55 PM by stirwatersblue
What is this unknown attachment ? (Pages 1 2)
imagine enclosed
HOWsMom 17 12/24/14 11:34 AM by beauturbo
Sewing Machine for Nylon Webbing (halters, collars, etc.) (Pages 1 2)
Greyhound 13 12/23/14 8:49 AM by biochemistress
Dressmakerís carbon paper (Pages 1 2 3)
Your recommendation????
jijichan 25 12/22/14 5:34 PM by Merry G
Buttons for my 1 year old Grandson's Fleece Shirt
kajero 8 12/22/14 9:35 AM by Marie367
making domed covered buttons, without a kit, from thick & fraying fabric
kellyhogaboom 4 12/22/14 1:03 AM by kellyhogaboom
How do finish the bottom of this shirt. (Pages 1 2)
I am so confused!
kajero 11 12/21/14 6:50 PM by biochemistress
Swayback adjustment
sdh54 9 12/20/14 12:17 PM by stirwatersblue
Just Got My First Machine - Juki HZL-G110 (Pages 1 2)
nd23rin 16 12/20/14 2:39 AM by mariajw
What is wrong with the sleeves McCall's 6873 Size L Shirt (Pages 1 2 3 4)
It seems I have way too much material
kajero 33 12/19/14 6:19 PM by kajero
Need Several Quick but Pretty Projects for GIFTS (Pages 1 2 3 4)
Ideas Please!!
idontsew 30 12/19/14 6:12 PM by Melcalifornia
Will it work?
mystery fabric
teddysclj 5 12/19/14 5:59 PM by arianamaniacs
Another robe question--do I really need to interface?
Spacious Skies 6 12/19/14 3:35 PM by solosmocker
Which size robe to make for husband?
Spacious Skies 6 12/19/14 9:08 AM by Pamela R
Jalie 2805 neckband (Pages 1 2 3)
"jewel neck" view
Liz in Cville 27 12/18/14 12:38 PM by Liz in Cville
Seam allowances pressing through on melton wool (Pages 1 2)
MisfitToy 10 12/18/14 9:47 AM by jjosiejo
I want to graduate to intermediate level! (Pages 1 2 3)
Any suggestion for techniques I can practice?
BirdyBooo 27 12/18/14 4:25 AM by Renata
Can't teach an old dog new tricks :( (Pages 1 2 3)
Using pressure foot as guide instead of 5/8" seam allowances
naptimemom 27 12/17/14 1:48 PM by chisgran
Beginners: A cautionary tale (Pages 1 2 3 4)
machine maintenance
MrsCharisma 35 12/17/14 10:05 AM by chisgran
No specific project in mind, how much fabric do you buy? (Pages 1 2)
rule-of-thumb General fabric purchases
willowv90 10 12/16/14 4:48 PM by LizJ58
making my own pattern (Pages 1 2)
ie; size seven is ?? inches in chest and so on.
polish mom1 12 12/16/14 11:15 AM by Vintage Joan
Sewing over pins! (Pages 1 2 3 ... 8)
A graphic example of why you should not do this.
kcurtis 79 12/16/14 5:41 AM by sewbusy888
15-91 (Pages 1 2)
problem
tooltime 17 12/15/14 10:29 PM by Al Johnson
This is gonna be painful ... (Pages 1 2 3)
Skratchie 21 12/14/14 11:28 AM by Speech girl
Noob Q - moving needle left/right of center feature (Pages 1 2)
zombywoof 17 12/13/14 11:58 AM by idontsew
Pajama Waistband/Elastic (Pages 1 2)
jmziegler 13 12/12/14 3:09 PM by idontsew
Facings - help, please! Jalie City Coat
Jalie City Coat
C_M 0 12/11/14 10:19 PM by C_M
What comes first - the bra or the shirt? (Pages 1 2)
Which would you fit first when the bra itself doesn't fit?
fabricaddiction 13 12/11/14 1:53 PM by Quincunx
unexpected sewing side effects (Pages 1 2 3 ... 5)
I never thought...
rmusic1 41 12/10/14 0:17 AM by HDWen
Need Advice - Keep Machine Or Return? (Pages 1 2)
Best Value For Sewing Machine
GroovyLittleCity 12 12/9/14 9:00 PM by ccris
Fourth kilt project, 6th sewing project
fourth kilt project, 6th sewing project
Nkthompson 8 12/8/14 10:14 PM by dscheidt
Beginner needs some help
Looking for the right patterns...
sleepingbeauty 6 12/6/14 7:13 PM by denise60s
If you're in between pattern sizes... (Pages 1 2)
go big or go small? Rule of thumb?
Beaglemama 13 12/6/14 1:34 PM by Speech girl
Scratchy boiled wool and Vogue 8925
Return or line or make something else?
SimpleThreads 7 12/5/14 4:47 PM by stirwatersblue
HELP!! looking for pattern instructions fleece Hats Simplicity 2494
just asking the community if they can help me out
RnDmDesigns 3 12/4/14 3:34 PM by solosmocker
I'm adjusting the skirt-should I adjust the bodice?
klhdoc 1 12/4/14 3:31 PM by solosmocker
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