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Five things to know if you want to learn to sew …

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Every day in the shop a few people walk in and ask about sewing lessons. We get phone calls every day asking the same. I always like to get to know them, what their goals are, whether or not they have a sewing machine and we talk about their experience with mother, grandmother or aunts who may have sewn. Most students enjoy the conversation and can’t wait to dive into sewing. They realize that learning to sew is a process that takes time.

About once or twice a month someone walks in and asks to learn to sew because they have one thing they want to make. And they want to make it by next week. And all they have is a photo on their cell phone.  This ambitious project is usually (but not always) something made from lycra and lace and very stretchy. Definitely not something a beginner will tackle in their first lesson.

When I tell these ambitious potential students about the learning curve involved in sewing, that they must learn how a sewing machine operates, how to thread it, and how to sew a straight line before they make their first item – a simple project like a pillow or tote bag – some decide they do not have the patience for all that. Some become intrigued and decide to undertake a series of classes regardless of the time it takes to learn. Sewing is not for everyone.

Five Things You Need to Know if You Want to Learn to Sew:
1. Take sewing classes. Sewing may or may not be something you enjoy. Start simple, and if you enjoy the process think about buying a machine.
2. Do not rush to buy a machine. I know several people who decided they were going to learn to sew and bought a machine that just sits in their closet. They did not enjoy sewing as much as they had hoped. Before you purchase a sewing machine, ask your friends that sew what type machine they use. Test out different brands of machines when you take lessons. Choose a machine that you are comfortable using. Never order a machine online unless you are familiar with the brand name and model and have some experience with that type machine. You may luck out and find one for sale on Craigslist or an estate sale. The more you know about how a machine operates and how to use it the more qualified you are to purchase your machine.
3. Gather the proper and necessary tools and have a box or tote to store them all in. Basic supplies can be purchased at reasonable prices. What do you need? Good shears in two or three sizes; thread in various colors; seam ripper; measuring tape; seam gauge or small ruler; iron and ironing board; straight pins; disappearing or erasable fabric marking pen/pencils; safety pins; sewing clips; thimble; hand-sewing needles; pincushion. There are many other supplies to consider later on.
4. Learn to do basic hand-sewing. Sewing on buttons, hemming a skirt, mending a pair of pants – all this will build your hand-sewing skills. All machine sewing involves hand-sewing in the finish work. YouTube has wonderful tutorials in just about any area of sewing.
5. Go easy on yourself. Take your time in learning to read and understand a pattern. Choose patterns for beginners or purchase a beginner sewing book that includes patterns.

CLASS6Sewing is mostly a solitary process, but it doesn’t have to be. To really enjoy sewing, find a sewing community where you can learn tips and tricks of long-time sewists and quilters. Sewists love to gather and share projects and ideas. Sew social!

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Independent Publishing for Designers

Modern Patterns With Vintage Looks.
ceylonexpDue to our limited space, we have a carefully curated stock of fabrics and sewing patterns at our shop; however, this does not limit your choices. We stock a few Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Hot Patterns and Colette sewing patterns among others. Many have a vintage look, with waistlines fitted sleeves. I certainly do not want to criticize the major pattern companies like McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, etc., and they will do very well no matter what I say, but I’ve seen very few designs that excite me in their lines. Everything seems rather stale. On the other hand, I am amazed at the number of independent pattern designers on the web. Designers are much like writers … they struggle with how to publish their work to the widest audience possible.
Our culture is full of people of varied tastes in clothing and accessories and there’s a designer out there creating patterns and concepts that will please every one of us. And even with that, we can still personalize a design to make it our own by changing the collar, the hemline, the sleeve. So many designers are opting to sell their pdf sewing patterns on Etsy.com that there are now over 26,000 pdf patterns available for sale on that site alone! And printing a pdf pattern is so easy, and easy to put together. Many top designers offer pdf patterns on their websites at a much lower cost than paper patterns. Check out some independent designers here.

And check out those listed below – with patterns for everything from lingerie to shoes, and costumes, indie patterns are here to stay.  See what they have to offer. Who is your favorite  pattern designer?

CONTEMPORARY FASHION, ACCESSORY, and OTHER APPAREL PATTERNS (adult and children)
Akasha Clothing Company
All Dunn Designs
Amy Butler Design
Angela Wolf Patterns
Anna Maria Horner
Artsy Crafty Babe
Bali Collection Birch Street Clothing Patterns
Barb Originals
Bettsy Kingston Patterns
Brensan Studios
Brown Paper Patterns
Chris W. Designs
Christine Haynes Patterns
Christine Johnson Patterns
CNT Pattern Co.
Cake Patterns
Colette Patterns
Cutting Line Designs
Dana Marie Patterns
Darlene Miller’s Clothes 4 You
Design and Planning Concepts
Edelweiss Patterns
Elements
Emilie Rebekah
Encore Designs
Fashion in Harmony Patterns
Fashion Patterns by Coni
Favorite Things Patterns
Figgy’s Sewing Patterns
Fit For Art Patterns
Fit Me Patterns
Frog Legs and Ponytails
Gail Patrice
Georgia Leigh Designs
Ghees
Go Patterns
Grainline Studio
Great Copy Patterns
Green Pepper Patterns
Heather Bailey Patterns
Hot Patterns
Indygo Junction
In-House Patterns
Islander Sewing Systems Patterns
ithinksew patterns
Jalie
Jamie Christina
J. Stern Designs
JSM Patterns
June Colburn Designs
Kayla Kennington Patterns
La Fred
Lauren Marsh Sewing Patterns
Lazy Girl Designs
Lila Tueller Designs
Lingerie Secrets by Jan Bones
Little Lizard King
L.J. Designs Patterns
Loes Hinse
Lorraine Torrence Designs and Grainline Gear
Lutterloh System
MacPhee Workshop
MariaDenmark
Marie-Madeline Studio
Mary Jo Hiney Designs
Megan Nielsen Patterns
ModKid Patterns
Monkeysbug
Noodles and Milk
Ohhh Lulu
Oliver + S
Pamela’s Patterns
Paradiso Designs
Park Bench Patterns
Pat Bravo Patterns
Pattern Studio
Pavelka Design
Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop
Petite Plus Patterns
Pink Poodle Bows
ReVisions by Diane Ericson
Saf-T-Pockets
Salme Patterns
Scientific Seamstress patterns
Serendipity Studio
Sewaholic Patterns
Sew Baby
SewChic Patterns
SewKeysE by Emma Seabrooke
Sew Liberated
Sewgrand Patterns
Sew Spoiled
Shapes Patterns (cuttinglinedesigns.comANDsewingworkshop.com)
Shirley Adams
Silhouette Patterns
Simple Things
Sis Boom patterns (Jennifer Paganelli)
Skinny Chick Curvy Bitch
SnazzieDrawers
SomaPatterns by Sylvie P
Sprouts Sewing Patterns
Stretch and Sew
Studio Cherie
Studio Kat Designs
Style Arc
SuitAbility Equestrian Patterns
Sweet Pea
Textile Studio Patterns
The Bali Collection
The Classics by Cecelia Podolak
The Cottage Mama
The Fashion Sewing Group
The Handmade Dress
The Sewing Workshop
Tie Dye Diva Patterns
Trudy Jansen Design
Victoria Jones Collection
Victory Patterns
Violette Field Threads
Whimsy Couture
Wink Designs
You Sew Girl
AND FOR COSTUMES: HISTORICAL & REPRODUCTION VINTAGE PATTERNS
Ageless Patterns
Alter Years
Atira’s Fashions
Buckaroo Bobbins
Burnley & Trowbridge Patterns
Costume Connection
Country Wives Patterns
Dawn Anderson Designs
Decades of Style
Dressing History Patterns
Eagle’s View
EvaDress Patterns
Fantasy Fashions
Fig Leaf Patterns
Folkwear Patterns
Granny’s Attic Patterns
Green River Forge
Harriet’s Patterns
Heidi Marsh Patterns
Irish Threads
J.P. Ryan Patterns
Kannik’s Korner
KayFig patterns
La Fleur de Lyse
La Mode Bagatelle
Laughing Moon Mercantile Patterns
Lynn McMasters
Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns
Margo Anderson’s Historic Costume Patterns
Mill Farm Patterns
Missouri River Patterns
Mrs. Depew Vintage
Nehelenia Patterns
New Vintage Lady
Olde Country Costumes
Past Patterns
Patterns of History
Patterns of Time
Peachtree Mercantile
Pegee of Williamsburg
Period Impressions Patterns
Period Patterns
Promenade Patterns
Randwulf Sewing Patterns
Reconstructing History Patterns
Richard the Thread
Rocking Horse Farm
Sense and Sensibility Patterns
Smoke and Fire
Tailor’s Guide
Truly Victorian
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
Wearing History
Wingeo