When you first learned to sew

@kdarrell (1566)
Canada
October 27, 2006 8:23am CST
When you first learned to sew, did you teach yourself or take a class? I bought a sewing machine and taught myself. Currently I am working on a quilt that a friend of mine wants made for a little bit of a profit.
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@daffy39 (215)
• Belgium
14 Nov 06
I would love to be able to sew but I am usually not very good with my hands! Was it hard for you to teach yourself? It would be great if I could make my own clothes and things for the house, but I am really afraid they will be ugly and have no shape at all!
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@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
No, it wasn't that difficult to teach myself. All I did was get the fabric and a book with a pattern that I really liked. Then I just took my time and it all came together nicely. If you follow the pattern to a tee, then you shouldn't have any problems. Take it from me, a person who FAILED home-ed in school. Oh, if my teacher could only see me now. lol
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
I took one sewing class in junior high. I can sew simple things, all I need is a sewing machine. I have a few little projects to get done so I might have to ask a FRIEND for some help. How's the quilt coming.
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@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
The quilt is comming along nicely, and I have two more orders for quilts, so I have a lot of work a head of me, but it's fun so I don't mind. And I'm sure your friend wouldn't mind helping you out in your sewing matters.
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• China
1 Dec 06
i cannot sew now~ but i will learn it in future! thank youvery much!
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@askshivam (479)
• India
21 Nov 06
priya - priyanka
I learned to sew when I was around eight years old,and was playing with my cousin ...I still remember I had asked him to move the wheel n I was suppose to take care of the cloth....we enjoyed sewing (as we had observed my aunt using the machine before) but at the end I happen to injure my finger,we were too scared as we also broke the needle n we did not tell any one for hours about this incident.
• United States
21 Nov 06
I took a class in jr high but I am learning for real now.
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have to say i am very proud of you because i want to know how to sew myself and i think that people who are able to self teach themselves a skill such as this they just naturally have a knack for it. i would love to hear your pointers.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I honestly think anyone can teach themselves all you need is a basic pattern, a sewing machine and lots and lots of patience. You will make some mistakes along the way, but you will also learn quite quickly that it's not as difficult as it looks.
• United States
9 Jan 07
A friend gave me her old sewing machine, just a few months ago. I am teaching myself slowly. I wish I could take a class.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
9 Jan 07
When I first learned to sew, I taught myself. All you need to do is find a basic pattern, take your time and you'll be using the sewing machine in no time.
@chryss (658)
• Philippines
26 May 08
i learned to sew when i was in high school years.that was 3rd year i think..and i tried also to use the sewing machine of my grandma hehehehe but i did not really practice sewing its not my type lol..
@GhostCat (313)
• United States
22 Jan 08
I learned to sew when I was a kid. I learned on a treadle sewing machine. Sometimes I wish I still had that machine. Now I have a Necchie Supernova about 30 or 40 years old that my Aunt had purchased used. I sort of inherited it. I recently had it cleaned and service (at great expense) and am trying to learn how to use it. I also have a Basic Kenmore, that does the basics and a little zigzag. I haven't been sewing for a while, so my skills are a little rusty, but I am working to get them back. Am also teaching my grandchildren when I visit (about twice a year) and my daughter (she was adopted at 16 and not very interested in sewing at the time. Nell (my daughter) had had a sewing class in junior high but she didn't like it much but she wants to learn now to repair clothing and do some home dec. Unfortunately they live about 5 hours away from me.
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
24 Jan 07
aside from what my mother taught me, when i was in school we were offered a home economics course that i took and learned even more from there...i usually do better by being self-taught....i learn more by actually doing rather than just reading..the home-ec course had varied topics from hygeine to cooking ....it helped me a lot
@madcat08 (287)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I learned to sew when I was in juinor high school. I remember making lots of different things. From bags to clothes. It was fun.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
I learnt to sew at school,I wasn't very good at it, I just couldn't handle the machines all that well, I am better at hand sewing, I used to make felt toys and teddy bears, I was ok with them.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
20 Dec 06
I learnt in year 8 in high school way back when I am now 40 and still sew basic kids clothes and toys
@cvarvell (1116)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I took a class in high school. I fought with that machine the whole class. I was never so glad to see that class end.
@wvchell78 (564)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I taught myself some of the easier things to sew but I also had a class when I was in junior high. We made baby blankets and pillows. I inherited my grandmother's sewing machine when she passed away. She was making quilts for all of her grandchildren's first babies. She got to finish mine and my sister but not any of the others. I have to finish them to give to my cousins. I am getting ready to try curtains and couch covers.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I first learned to sew in 4-H when I was about 8. My mother was an avid sewer and made all of her own clothes. She sewed professionally for a design house when she was younger, so I learned a lot of good tips and tricks from her over the years. I also had 2 years of sewing in high school in home ec. classes. I'm 57, so I've been sewing for lots of years. I make my own curtains, drapes and all, and I've learned a lot about altering clothes over the years. I'd like to try and make a quilt this year, the only quilting I've done is trapunto quilting. (Trapunto is where you take a design, put a backing on it, stitch out detailed outlines, and then stuff the outlining with padding to make it stand out. It makes some beautiful embellishments on the hem of a skirt, or a pillow top, etc. For pillows, I do a large detailed design, and often sell them for a good price.) Isn't sewing fun!!