Novice with a capital 'N'

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Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby Biddy » 10 Mar 2015, 18:11

I'm about to embark on my first ever go with a sewing machine. Well that's not exactly true, I haven't worked out how to set the thing up yet, but once I get that bit done then I have several projects in my brain that I want to try. I've long wanted to sew my own stuff and I'm very excited about it.

However, I have NO CLUE what I'm doing. So I'll be asking a billion questions on here probably.

The first one, what's that paper stuff called (don't laugh) that you use to pin to the material and help cut it accurately? Where do you get it from? I want to be able to make my own patterns with it.
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby qbm » 10 Mar 2015, 19:41

Many, many, many years on and I still consider myself a novice so I'm unlikely to provide much in the way of accurate advice... However, I got the paper stuff from eBay... Might have searched 'pattern paper'... (See. Told you)!

Exciting stuff though :D
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby ToothFairy » 10 Mar 2015, 20:24

When I'm making patterns I just use greaseproof paper.
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby Raktajino » 11 Mar 2015, 07:33

You could use freezer paper, you iron it on, no need to pin. It peals off easily to use again for next time
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby Biddy » 11 Mar 2015, 19:44

Aha! Good tip TF, I'll just use that I think. Never heard of freezer paper?? Sounds good if no pins are involved, I'll look it up.

And yes MilkyJoe it IS exciting :D I just hope it isn't another one of my things that I start and very quickly give up on.
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby qbm » 11 Mar 2015, 19:59

Raktajino wrote:You could use freezer paper, you iron it on, no need to pin. It peals off easily to use again for next time


Oh that could be good... I might try it when I finally get round to buying the pattern for a Kitschy Coo skater dress. I already have some from t-shirt stencilling. I got it from eBay Biddy: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reynolds-Free ... 1c3b5b7082
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby Biddy » 11 Mar 2015, 20:03

Great! Thanks x
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby ToothFairy » 11 Mar 2015, 20:09

MJ, I have both the skater dress and the Comino cap dress patterns, I prefer the Comino. Watch out for the Hightop Hoodie pattern (coming soon), it has an awesome funnel necked dress version!
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby qbm » 11 Mar 2015, 20:27

Oh thanks TF! I actually saw the comino when I was checking out the patterns and preferred how it looked but I knew you (seamstress extraordinaire...) made loads of skater dresses so I was going to go with that. :D Will have a proper look at the comino.
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Re: Novice with a capital 'N'

Postby ToothFairy » 11 Mar 2015, 20:59

The Comino is an easier sew - no sleeves! If you do the one piece bodice you can run one up in a couple of hours.
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