sewing machine help needed - complete beginner - I give up

iammumtoone
iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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edited 25 January 2015 at 11:23AM in Crafting
I have just treated myself to a sewing machine :j

Spotted it in a charity shop for £30 it's a toyota classic, no idea if that is a good price but I am happy as the money went to a good cause and I have always wanted to learn how to use one.

Can anyone recommend any good websites/books for complete beginners and I mean a complete beginner :o I have no idea where to start don't even know how to thread it. It did come with the original instructions but I suspect these would be written for someone who knows what they are doing!

Also any suggestions on the first (ie easiest) projects to try.

Thanks
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  • tootallulah
    tootallulah Posts: 2,197 Forumite
    Hi I would go to You Tube there are loads of "how to" videos there. You do need the instructions to see how to thread the machine and wind the bobbin but that should be pretty simple.
  • iammumtoone
    iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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    thank you I have looked at you tube and think I might just be able to thread it now :)

    Next question is can anyone recommend what brands of threads are good to buy and where from? (told you I was a complete beginner :o). I don't want cheap ones as its going to be hard enough to learn without having to worrying about the thread keep breaking.

    Can't wait to give it a try now. Any other tips that would help a beginner ie how do I sew straight, is it just practice?
  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,765 Forumite
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    edited 10 January 2015 at 8:37PM

    Next question is can anyone recommend what brands of threads are good to buy and where from? (told you I was a complete beginner :o). I don't want cheap ones as its going to be hard enough to learn without having to worrying about the thread keep breaking.

    I don't really do much sewing these days, but as I remember Sylko was always the premier brand - not sure if you can still get it though
  • tizerbelle
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    Probably one of the easiest things to sew - an envelope cushion cover. There's a video as well as the written instructions.

    This site may be of help http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/p/learn-to-sew.html I've never used it myself, just one of the first I googled!
  • Limara
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    Next question is can anyone recommend what brands of threads are good to buy and where from? (told you I was a complete beginner :o). I don't want cheap ones as its going to be hard enough to learn without having to worrying about the thread keep breaking.
    Gutermann thread is very good, buy online from e bay or amazon always get a price and search for cheaper, you will be amazed how much prices vary. If you have a local sewing shop you still may get them delivered for less than you would pay locally.
    Dont be tempted to purchase cheap threads, they are poor quality, fray and break.
    Try searching for your model machine there are also lots of user manuals online you may find one for your machine.
    Also search for free patterns they are available for most things

  • PixieDust
    PixieDust Posts: 944 Forumite
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    Second vote for Guttermann, try fleabay for the best deals
  • pennib
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    I would go for Guttermann as well. Good for you giving sewing a go.

    Here is my latest make. Harry Hare, made from vintage cotton and then handpainted.

    https://www.facebook.com/redthreadshed/photos/pcb.584258648385198/584257861718610/?type=1&theater
  • Carfal
    Carfal Posts: 96 Forumite
    Buy some spare thread under-bobbins in the right size for your machine and fill them with black, white and any other colour thread you use a lot. Saves so much time just to pop in the right bobbin rather than having to load it before starting to sew.

    As for sewing straight, get some old material and practice, practice, practice. Keep your speed down until you get the feel for the sensitivity of the foot control. If you're really struggling, use striped material, or rule lines onto plain fabric to follow, or practise without thread "sewing" along the lines of writing paper.
  • Katiehound
    Katiehound Posts: 7,536 Forumite
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    Old sheeting is ideal for practising- ask your friends if anyone has any to spare!

    You can use the width of the foot as a guide for sewing straight, or stick a strip of masking tape on the base plate to the right of the needle as a line guide.

    Always use at least 2 layers of fabric for practice

    Have fun!

    If you have a craft / sewing/ knitting shop locally ask if any of their customers sew. It is often much easier when you start a craft to have someone to help you out.
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  • iammumtoone
    iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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    UPDATE

    I ca't get it to work :( I am not sure if it is me or if it is faulty, maybe this is why someone donated it to the charity shop.

    Everytime I use it the top thread reel becomes tangled and I have to re-thread, I am fairly sure I am threading it correctly. I can sew very slowly for about 5-10cm before it happens. The thread that comes up from the bobbin also becomes tangled.

    I dont know if it is to do with the bobbin winding, it winds unevenly with more thread at the bottom than top in a cone shape, this is not just me it did this to the last owner as well as all the bobbins it comes with are like this.

    I am not sure whether it is worth taking it to someone to look at? It will probably cost more than I paid for it and I don't know if I want to spend anymore on it.
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