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Date: 9/6/09 11:20 PM

Hi! I am new here and new to sewing! I just got a new sewing machine the other day-my first one!! It is a Brother from Walmart. It was not expensive but I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money at first.

Anyway, I was hoping someone could tell me where to get free patterns to start with? i am so excited!!

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Date: 9/6/09 11:29 PM

Welcome to the world of sewing. It is a grand place to be.
I don't know of any place that has "free" patterns but you can buy them pretty cheap at the .99 sales at JoAnn and Hancock Fabrics. You can also try Goodwill places. Sometimes they have patterns on the cheap. Most of those are used but some have never been used, they are not even cut.
A lot of people go to the library and check out books on sewing. This helps a lot.

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Date: 9/6/09 11:29 PM

Welcome to PR.. it may take a day for others to see your post..holiday weekends are slow here.

I am very excited for you. I think you will love sewing and your skills will grow over time..

Most generally its suggested you start out with some simple projects like an apron, or home decor items such as placemats and increase your skill levels with each new pattern or project you do.

As far as free patterns go.. most of us just wait for the 99 cent sales at the fabric stores. BUT I am sure another member will link to any sites for the freebies..

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Date: 9/7/09 7:34 AM

If you've never sewn anything before, I suggest starting with a simple project like pillowcases. They're quick to make, easy to personalize, and give you great practice on sewing straight lines.

My introduction to sewing began with a class where we made a skirt. The teacher had a short wick and expected us newbies to know everything. I was confident that I would never sew again after that experience. Later that year, I decided to try again - this time with pillows and pillowcases. I used this book for instructions. It's a good book with lots of pictures and very detailed instructions.

Once you are comfortable with the basics, you can move on to patterns with simple lines and few pieces. For starters, I recommend S5259, or any of the Kwik Sew starter patterns. Bear in mind that Kwik Sew patterns are expensive (from $8 per pattern). Despite the cost, Kwik Sew patterns have excellent instructions and diagrams, and the patterns are printed on thick paper.

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Date: 9/7/09 7:53 AM

I have found some free patterns for some basic stuff online at about.com under sewing. The projects are rated as to how difficult. I have used their patterns for a basic clutch purse that my daughter carried to the prom, and for glasses holders that my inlaws thought were brilliant. All made from scraps. Have fun. There is enough there to get a feel for your machine and learn some basics.

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Date: 9/7/09 6:24 PM

There are actually a lot of free patterns for things online, but it can be hard to judge the quality--you might want to stick to reputable sites like Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, Burda (pattern company), Viking (sewing machine company), etc, to be sure you're getting something that's been tested. Your library should also have a lot of basic sewing books that include free patterns or instructions (the Singer Sewing Reference Library is a good series).

Lastly, I stumbled across this site once, and thought it might be useful (I keep telling myself I'm going to make one of those mop covers someday!):

http://patternsthatfityou.com/freeclasses.htm

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Date: 9/7/09 6:52 PM

Fabric.com is offering two free bag patterns from HotPatterns, Fabric.com's link. BurdaStyle click here also has patterns, either from Burda or home sewers who upload their own.

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Date: 9/7/09 7:08 PM

I first started working with patterns that I bought from ebay. I bought a giant box of mixed patterns for $10, and dove in.

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Date: 9/7/09 7:50 PM

I have madethis pattern for my DD as a skirt and this dress as well. It is $3.50 now, so not free, but cheap. Have fun!

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Date: 9/7/09 8:18 PM

JOann's is the place to get patterns inexpensively during a sale. When there isn't a sale there are patterns for $2.99 regular price there. They are usually located on one of those tiered spinner things. Just ask there.

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