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Emerion

Hello, I’m new on this site
« on: February 10, 2019, 21:39:48 PM »
I’m an almost complete beginner. I have inherited a beautiful old Singer machine from my aunt, and as it is hand-cranked it doesn’t scare me like my mother’s old electric one did. So I'm keen to teach myself a few skills. I have followed a couple of easy projects from Pinterest, but keep managing to turn promising ones into a mess. I expect that’s par for the course though, so I’m not daunted. My machine only does straight stitches, so I won’t be doing fancy stuff. 

fajita

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 21:45:37 PM »
Welcome @Emerion  :flower: :drink:

Greybird

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 22:22:16 PM »
Hello and welcome. I started with a straight stitch hand crank machine and I expect lots of others did too. There will be many things you can do on it.

Renegade Sewist

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 23:10:06 PM »
Welcome!  :flower: Most people only use their straight stitch anyway. especially quilters. You can still do fancy stuff, just not fancy stitches!

Let us know what you want to sew and we can steer you toward a reliable tutorial or information source, plus answer questions here. Pinterest is a great source of ideas but when you're new at something and you don't know what you don't know it can be very hard to tell if a project or tutorial has decent instructions suitable for a newbie that will produce good results.

Hang around the sewing forums enough and you'll find plenty of us mess up projects now and then too. You learn by doing.

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. w.c. fields

Manuela

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 07:54:21 AM »
Welcome to The Sewing Place @Emerion. Don’t worry about your machine, those old straight stitchers are real work horses, and attachments that add more functions are easily found on Ebay.
Tutorial can differ quite a bit. If the maker doesn’t provide images of the finished article, it’s better to stay away. Anyone can put tutorials online, whether they have the required skills is anybody’s guess.

Here some sites I’d recommend:
https://thesewingdivas.wordpress.com/category/tutorials/
They stopped posting years ago, but it’s well worth scrolling through the archives

https://fashion-incubator.com/tutorials/
She posts fairly infrequently, but the tutorial section is brilliant.

http://stitchesandseams.blogspot.com/2001/02/tutorials.html
Debbie still posts from time to time, here a lnk to her tutorial section

Efemera

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 08:23:23 AM »
Welcome from me too.

BrendaP

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 08:28:36 AM »
Welcome to TSP.

What sort of projects are you hoping to make?   The old  :vintage: straight stitchers are good for the darkside (AKA patchwork) and the stitch quality is usually excellent, but they can be used for a lot more as well.  Once upon a time that's all that anyone had and a lot of fancy stuff was made with them.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

b15erk

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 08:55:57 AM »
A big welcome from me too Emerion!  Just remember that we all had to start somewhere, it's just that some of us started earlier than others.

You will get an abundance of good advice on TSP, and lots of help from experienced sewers.

Just remember, even the most experience of us have failed projects!  ;)

Enjoy!

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

WildAtlanticWay

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 09:16:09 AM »
Hello Emerion,

Hello from West cork, Ireland. I’m a newbie sewer too and have joined a sewing class to help me progress. I definitely recommend doing that if you can find a nice small class with a very experienced teacher.

Will you be watching the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee tomorrow night on BBC2? I’m planning to record it and watch it later in the week when I’m on my own.

Do you have any thoughts about the types of projects you want to try? I started off at the course last term making very basic things such as a pin cushion, an apron, a doorstop and a MugRug.

hernibs

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 14:20:37 PM »
Welcome to the TSP - remember there are no silly questions....we've all been there at some stage.

Nevis5

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 14:52:05 PM »
Hello and welcome from me too, @Emerion  !  Feel free to pick our brains any time - we all had to learn sometime.  Hope you find sewing to be a rewarding and fun pastime xx

Surest1tch

Re: Hello, I’m new on this site
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2019, 18:29:34 PM »
Welcome from me too. My favourite machine is a straight stitch that's older than me, when you learn how much you can make with it, I'm fairly sure you'll fall in love with it 👍❤️