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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by thesimplelife25 View Post
Thanks for all your replies!!! Thanks to sabrinat's suggestion I posted a Wanted email on Freecycle and ended up with a 1975 Sears Kenmore machine that is in great condition. I also took some books, including Sew U, out from the library. My MIL is coming into town next week for our spring breaks (we both work in schools) so she is going to help me get started....

Thanks for all the advice
Hey, may I ask what wording you used to get what you wanted on Freecycle?

Great thread! I am pondering my own tentative steps into the sewing world.
post #22 of 25
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Hi....glad to see this thread stayed active!!!

SabinaT - I am still in the "sewing squares and straight lines" stage, but as I work in a school am hoping to really dedicate some time to it this summer I did take some books out from the library...

LimaBean - I used this wording:

Hi all! I live in xxx and am looking for a
basic sewing machine. I am a definite amateur
beginner looking to teach myself to sew, so a basic
machine would be wonderful

No matter how basic, or how old, as long as it works,
it would be much appreciated!!

Good luck finding a great machine!!!
post #23 of 25
Hello all I am still having trouble doing striped things anyone have any suggestions.
post #24 of 25
Do you mean you're having trouble keeping the stripes lined up? Are you sewing a knit fabric or something with stretch? A walking foot might help if you have one. Maybe lower the feed dogs a little if you can adjust that on your machine.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by LucyRev View Post
Do you mean you're having trouble keeping the stripes lined up? Are you sewing a knit fabric or something with stretch? A walking foot might help if you have one. Maybe lower the feed dogs a little if you can adjust that on your machine.
Sorry for my ingorance.. Um its just regular fabric that I am using for pillows on the couch. I don't think they have much strech to them. What is a feed dogs??? I have an old singer. My problem is that I pin the stripes inside out and try to account for the spacing from one stipe to the other so whn I flip it open to the correct side of the fabric it suppposed to look pretty close to accurate spacing. Yet I allways amm over or under in spacing, but when I pin it looks right. Any suggestions??? Pherhaps I need to make a line to sew off of to keep it more stright??
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