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Hi from Australia!

MelK

Hi from Australia!
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:46:47 AM »
hi all! Thanks for adding me in! I’m a beginner sewer from Australia, very new to the sewing world but eager to learn! Any tips for a newbie trying to improve her skills?!

b15erk

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 10:56:16 AM »
Welcome MelK!  We love newbies here! 

Just one thing to remember, there is no such thing as a daft question - we all had to start somewhere!

Just grab a  :drink: and jump in!

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.

FloBear

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 11:41:49 AM »
Hello there MelK.
I was the newest member until you arrived but I've been sewing forever. It's always a delight to meet people who are keen to get started  0_0
Dogs are such a help when dressmaking!

Sewingsue

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 11:45:12 AM »
Welcome MelK.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Greybird

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 11:51:05 AM »
Hello and welcome!

MelK

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 12:02:28 PM »
Ive been using an old machine of my mums which to be honest is well past its days. Does anyone have a good recommendation of a good beginner machine?

snoozi soozi

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 12:44:01 PM »
@MelK hello and welcome, you joined on a special day  :loveit:

In my opinion (if it's total twaddle please feel free to correct me) any machine is a good one to start on, but it's worth getting one that isn't too basic as once you get rolling you'll probably want to upgrade anyway   :sew:
👓 changing the world, one stitch at a time

Nevis5

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2019, 12:56:34 PM »
Hello @MelK  and welcome!   :toast:   Do you have anywhere near you that you could go and try out machines?  I would test them out for buttonholes, nice straight stitch and maybe an overlock stitch to begin with.

Ploshkin

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2019, 13:17:24 PM »
Welcome @MelK
What sort of things are you hoping to be sewing?
A tip for a newbie :  Don't stint on the pressing.  Well pressed seams will make anything look a hundred times better.
Life's too short for ironing.

hernibs

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2019, 19:47:22 PM »
Hello and welcome to you.  Hope you feel very much at home here amongst us.

Surest1tch

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2019, 20:59:14 PM »
Hi Melk, welcome from me too. Keep using your mums machine, the older ones really are the best, as you keep reading you'll see a lot of us are actually buying vintage machine in preference to new ones  <3

MelK

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2019, 10:09:09 AM »
Thank you for being so lovely everyone 😁 I’m mainly looking to be sewing costumes/cosplays, I’ll either see if I can find someone to repair y current machine or buy a nice new one

BrendaP

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2019, 11:17:39 AM »
Welcome to TSP @MelK

I agree with Surest1tch about not ditching your mum's old machine, though it depends a lot on just what "old machine" means; 10 years old or 100 years old?

A lot of us on here will tell you that the old black Singer straight stitchers are as good as anything made today when it comes to straight stitches but of course they don't do the fancy stuff.  A good solid machine from the 60s or 70s which does a variety of zig-zag stitches really is well worth keeping.  After that machines got plasticy and not so good unless they were really high end, though if it's electronic it should be fine until the motherboard goes.
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/

jintie

Re: Hi from Australia!
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2019, 13:53:14 PM »
Hi, do you get (Australian) Stitches magazine? If so, would you recommend a subscription?