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mayra | Posted in General Discussion on

hi everyone,

this is the first time i’ve ever done anything like this (posting). i feel so green.

i’m at the point where i want to buy a sewing machine. i would mainly like to sew clothes (especially stretch fabrics) and a little quilting once and a while for that special person.

iv’e read the reviews on all the sewing machines. i’m really liking bernina active line. however, from what i’ve read, sergers are the best for stretch fabric.

i thought perhaps i’ll purchase a serger for my clothes and white quilters machine 1740 to take with me on a quilting class. what do you think?

i’ve sewn my kids holloween costumes, some clothes from patterns in the past. sewing is the only thing i like, even when i’m mad at the machine.

my major frustrations has been the tension adjustments. it drives me crazy and i can’t seem to get it right.

i learned to sew in jr high and high school. i plan on takeing a class at the local community college next fall.

iv’e called some stores and they have offered sewing lessons. they said i can even stay to learn one project on a pattern. i’m thinking of doing both school and dealer classes. depends on who i purchase the machine from.

my kids are older and i feel like this is a great time to pick up on my sewing; since the kids are so independent, i have more time on my hands. i’m excited! sewing has been the only thing i enjoy doing.
my joy comes when i’ve completed a project and it’s to my satisfaction.

i’m looking forward to hear from you.



  1. kbalinski | | #1

    Welcome, mayra!

    I think you'll find the discussions here very helpful and inspirational.  I've learned so much from these talented folks, so don't hesitate to post your questions.

    The internet as a whole is exploding with blogs and bulletin boards that support sewing, whether it is garment construction, or crafting.  You'll find videos, tutorials, pictures and projects that will make you say, "How'd they do THAT???"

    Tip:  When you visit blogs, where ladies have tracked their projects and such, check out their favorite links, as it will lead you to other blogs and websites.  Don't forget to bookmark them, as I can never find my way back when I really want to re-visit!

    Good luck,



  2. Ralphetta | | #2

    Welcome. There are a lot of really helpful people here.

    I'm just checking about something you said. Have you sewn on a serger? Are you aware that you will need to use it in conjunction with a sewing machine? A serger will not do all sewing. Maybe you were just speaking in general terms. Sergers are wonderful on all fabrics, but you don't use them to make buttonholes or put in a zipper, and some other things. I hope this doesn't sound rude, I just wanted to be sure you knew you would need both machines for garment sewing.

  3. rodezzy | | #3

    Welcome to the site, its a great place to talk to people from around the world about the things you love to do.  Be it sewing, quilting, crochet, or knitting.  I've found some really wonderful and helpful people here and enjoy talking with them and just reading the folders and gaining knowledge from answers to the questions of others on this site.  It's very informative.

  4. stitchagain | | #4


    Here is my two cents on the choice between sewing machines and sergers:  I have a serger and love it, but it does not take the place of a sewing machine.  Even with a serger I often go back to using my sewing machine for some sewing on knits.  I haven't found anything better than a twin needle to hem knits. 

    As long as the sewing machines has good a stretch stitch. 

    Buy the best you can afford and get to know it really well.  That's my advice.




  5. kbalinski | | #5

    I just read this book review, and thought of you.  I've already ordered a copy from amazon, as it was so positively reviewed.


    Ann, the lady who runs this blog, also runs Gorgeous Fabrics, and has great material.

    Good luck,


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