New to sewing and looking for ways to do things cheaply – help!
Hi! I’m new to the forums, although I’ve been reading a backlog of Threads articles and user comments eagerly for a little while now. I’m looking forward to trawling through all the advice as I gradually teach myself the proper techniques and lingo to sew well, but in the meantime I have a question I could use some help with.
I’m currently a SAHM with a six month old son, and my partner has been studying these last few months and is now looking for work. While the government in Australia provides financial support to new parents/jobseekers/students, money is still pretty tight. So I’m looking primarily for ways I can save money and still get good results in sewing.
The ideas I’ve encountered so far are things like creating duct tape dress models (I don’t have anyone else to help me fit, so I need a way to do it other than on myself), buying off cuts of fabric on eBay and notions in bulk, etc. I’ve also collected some excellent secondhand references such as Busy Needles magazine and Stitch by Stitch (both British publications from the 70s and 80s that I was lucky enough to find large collections of in thrift shops). Buying second hand patterns is also useful, but I’d love any more suggestions.
-What’s the cheapest way to get fabric? Online or shop hunting? I’m in Australia and while we have a garment district in my city (where you can get fabric wholesale), is online better?
-How about notions?
-Is it worth investing in a couple of machine feet other than my regular zipper and zigzag? Or will they do?
-What are the best blogs/tutorials on the web that I can access for free?
-What are some ways that you’ve saved money over the years, or made clothes on the cheap?
Thanks in advance for your help! I’ll probably be haunting the forums a lot as I start my first projects!