4 Jun 2010

My First Sewing Machine

Yesterday, apart from the good work, I went to buy my first sewing machine :)!
I've never sew in my life but I want to learn for the future. When I am a mother, I think it will be important to be able to cut and attach together old clothes - to save money.

To get myself going I have selected five old dresses and skirt that I love but cannot fit in them, or they look like 1990s fashion (well, I bought them in that era ;), therefore I want to spice them up a little bit :P.
I will try to do something with them and then share the pictures with you.
Below is the lucky machine!
I chose Brother because, in my opinion, it was good value for money - it cost £79.99, it has 2 years guarantee, 14 stitches and clip-on presser feet, as opposed to 2 years guarantee and 10 stitches for £109.99 Singer! For my sewing experience and my needs this one seems good for the time being.

Does anyone know how to sew? Did I choose the right machine? (I can still return it, if you have better suggestions) Can someone direct me to a website for sewing novice like me?



  1. Not a lot of sewing experience here but Brother is a good brand from what I have heard.

    Good luck! Can't wait to see completed projects.


  2. I grew up using Singer machines (we had two regular machines and a serger). I believe Brother is a good brand, especially given the price for features. You are doing basic projects on it, not sewing a wedding dress or making jeans, so I think you should be fine. I loved sewing. I need to invest in a sewing machine. Probably will purchase one around baby making time.

  3. How exciting!! I've always wanted to learn how to sew too. I mean, we had home ec in high school where they told us some but I've forgotten it all! Good luck!

  4. Sewing is one of those things that I really want to learn to do. I am gonna take the same approach. Just buy a machine. Then through books and youtube, hopefully I will turn into a sewing monster!! Good luck.

  5. Brothers and Singers are the best brands in my opinion.
    I only know super basic stuff so I'm no help but I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  6. I bet the sewing mom could give you some help: http://sewingmom.com/ She has a category called "sewing" on her sidebar.

    Me, I hate sew. Took it in school but never liked it and do not have sewing machine.

    Happy Saturday SITS sharefest!

  7. I have the same machine! And I love it!

    I am teaching myself, I am basically following easy tutorials and getting to grips with the terms etc.

    It is my fave hobby now! Good luck and enjoy xx

  8. I'm sure the machine you bought is just fine. I wish you much success on your sewing projects.

  9. I wish I knew how to sew! Have fun!

  10. Hey, saw a comment you left on Theta Mom and then saw that your latest post was about a sewing machine and had to come check it out. I am a sew-a-holic. :)

    Much congratulations on your first machine. I have a Brother serger which I have a love/hate relationship with at the moment (I think the problem is with me less than the machine though). My sewing machine is a Singer and I love it, but if you're just starting out you're probably going to be fine with the machine you got for awhile.

    If you're looking for sewing inspiration I could hook you up with some great blogs I read on a regular basis. Come check out my blog and maybe I can inspire you too!



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