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Whachumean | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi Everybody: I just joined and want to say hello.  I’ve been sewing for about 8 months and I absolutely love it.  So far I’ve made a bunch of skirts, a dress and am currently working on a jacket.

So glad I found this community; looking forward to some lively discussions!!


  1. CathieB | | #1

    Hi, I've just joined this forum, as well. I started sewing when I was about 6, but got away from it as an adult when I was working and going to school. Quilting has been my main focus for the last few years, and now I'm ready to start making clothes again. My biggest fear is that I won't be able to make things that fit well. However, I'm very excited to be getting back to sewing, now that I'm retired.

    Looking forward to the lively discussions on this site. - Cathie

  2. smmrsew | | #2

    I'm new to sewing also. I just started last month. I can't wait to be able to make clothes that fit me perfectly.

    1. mygaley | | #3

      Welcome to this forum!  I know the machine is inviting, but if you'll go to the Library and check out some sewing books (Vogue, Palmer/Pletsch, etc) and spend a few minutes each day just reading about techniques your skills will increase by leaps and bounds.  God bless you.  Galey

      1. smmrsew | | #4

        Thanks! I bought 17  sewing reference books on ebay. I am going through the Sewing Essentials now. I didn't even think about being able to sew swimsuits and coats!

        Edited 5/25/2006 3:48 pm ET by smmrsew

        1. mygaley | | #5

          Learning all you can is the best way to improve your sewing.  All skills are a matter of degree:  if you make a box of packaged brownies, that's one skill level; if you make a wedding cake, that's another skill level, work up to it.  The same with sewing:  if you make a hemmed napkin that's one skill level; if you make a wedding dress that's another skill level.  It's all the little things that you learn that advance your work from one level to the next.  I have learned more from forums than any other single source.  One source that is often overlooked is the Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.  Where I live the telephone listing is LSU (Louisiana State University) Agcenter Extension Office.)  Ask them to mail you all the information they have on sewing and sewing classes, etc.,  Often you will get to a real human being that will answer questions for you.  This service has no charge, it is already paid for with your tax dollars!  God bless you, Galey

          1. smmrsew | | #6

            Thanks for the information. I found a great class at the Chicago Park District! I was about to spend $65 for one 3 hour class. I'm so glad I found it. Now I can spend that extra money on materials and patterns.

          2. solosmocker | | #7

            You are already learning very fast!

    2. mimi | | #8

      Welcome to you all!  This is the best sewing forum I have ever used and I have been sewing for 40 plus years.  The members are very generous and will answer any and all questions you can think of.

      Come back often!


      1. LJM55 | | #9

        Hi. I thought I would take the time to introduce myself. I learned to sew in grades 7 & 8 and my mother bought me my first sewing machine, a Kenmore, when I turned 16. As a teenager I was too busy to sew for myself, and didn't use it that often.

        After I married and had children I sewed for them, 2 boys and 1 girl, when they were small. I remember staying up into the wee hours of Christmas morning numerous years in a row to get my daughter's fancy dresses completed in time for the big family dinners. She was always so happy to wear whatever I made her. And she looked so adorable. I had my own little "Barbie doll."  Before I knew it she was 10 and did not want to wear my creations. She wanted store-bought clothes, to be like her friends. So my skills were used to patch items for the boys and sew the most mundane of items for the house.

        Now she is 16 and is once again willing to let me create her wardrobe based upon her style and fabric choices. I am probably more excited than she is! So, here I am, seeking to learn new things and get ideas to move into the next phase of my life. Thanks for listening.


        P.S. I still have my original Kemore, which works great, and inherited another Kenmore, more recently, from my Mother-in-Law. I recently took the plunge and purchased a serger, which I am very happy with.

        1. mimi | | #10

          LJM55:  you know, of course, that you are just being primed for Prom Dresses!  That isn't necessarily a bad thing.  The cheapest "bought" prom dress we ever purchased for our daughter was about $300.  The one I made for her Junior year was a red silk assymetrical tea length, and she just wore it to a business cocktail party [eight years later]!  It cost about $80 to make.

          Enjoy sewing for your "little" girl again and welcome to Gatherings!


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