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Before you can begin sewing, you will need some supplies. Most importantly, you need a sewing machine. If you’re just learning, don’t worry about investing in the best machine you can afford. A basic machine is all you really need – you can always upgrade or buy additional machines (serger, coverstitch, embroidery) if you decide you really love sewing or want to have additional features available or want to start selling what you make.
My current machine
I learned to sew on this old Singer machine.
Some of the older machines are better anyway, so if you have Mom’s or Grandma’s sewing machine, don’t be afraid to use it. If you’re teaching a kid to sew, don’t – I repeat do NOT – buy a cheapie kids machine. It needs to have a bobbin in order for the stitches to stay and not just unravel (which is totally frustrating!).
For kids, I’ve heard good things about this one, but have never used it myself. Check this out for more information on slowing down a “real” machine to make it safer for kids.
You will also need a few more supplies – thread, material, a pattern (unless you’re making something like a pillow), scissors and pins or clips. You can find them at WalMart or JoAnn (they have coupons online and an app where you can find coupons). These shouldn’t cost more than $15 – $20.
For a free pattern, check out this post about the Chloe and Mama Chloe maxi skirts. It’s a super easy pattern – perfect for learning. Check back next week for more beginning sewing tips and another easy pattern recommendation.
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