Old dogs........

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Old dogs........

Post: # 282548Post ojay54
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:03 am

OK...Not so active these days,and I want to learn something new.To be precise,I want to learn how to use a sewing machine.I'm sure most of you will snort and say easy ,and my old man,when he became crippled at about my age taught himself,and ended up making all us kids clothes,but he never showed me.Years ago there were Singer shops,where you could learn,but there's nothing I can find now.
So any suggestions,re books,websites etc, gratefully recieved.I've got an unused Toyota machine I bought at an auction 15 years ago for £4,probably needs a service now (!).Should I get some other machine ?? Suggestions please.

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Post: # 282563Post diggernotdreamer
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:50 am

If you ask your local WI they will probably have members who would give you a crash course, or any handicraft group in your area, bet they would help out.

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Post: # 282564Post doofaloofa
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:09 pm

Lidl are doing sewing machines at the moment
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Post: # 282566Post Zech
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:34 pm

I don't know about your Toyota machine, but the old one I inherited from my mum has survived a huge amount of neglect and is still going strong, so yours might be alright. You probably want someone who knows their way around a sewing machine to have a look at it. Is there a haberdashers near you? They're often good sources of information and contacts - obviously it's in their interests to encourage sewing.
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Post: # 282573Post Green Aura
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:28 pm

I'm still using the Brother machine I got for my 21st coughty cough years ago. It still works perfectly. If you have a look online you'll probably be able to get hold of a service manual (and a user manual if you haven't got one with it) for your make and model.

Your local night school (or whatever they call them these days) usually do beginners sewing classes - well worth looking up. Otherwise YouTube is a goldmine, someone will have put up videos of everything from threading the machine to machine embroidery.
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Post: # 282575Post ojay54
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:06 pm

Hmm..DND,I'm a simple bloke,the WI seems a bit frightening,ditto the evening classes,nearest would be best part of an hour away.
Rachel,there is a sewing shop in town(actually about 90 yards from my front door(!))so I'll ask in there.I s'pose it's going to be Youtube,inthe end.

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Post: # 282576Post doofaloofa
Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:21 pm

For her 40th the other half wanted a Bennina

the Rolls Royce of sewing machines

€400's worth

It's amazing what you can do with a machine and a little knowledge
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Post: # 282578Post boboff
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:43 am

Jerry, have you looked on You Tube?

It is amazing what is on there, and I know my wife has used it to improve her "quilting" you have to put up with annoying american accents, but it is a small price to pay.

Also what about local college or even schools, speak to the adult learning coordinator at the council?

Good luck with it.
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Post: # 282579Post ojay54
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:10 am

Mate,I have thought about that,there's a education thing round here for old Grunters called the university of the 3rd age,or something,but they mostly do stuff like local history and such.
I think it's inevitable that I'll go down the Youtube route,which is a shame(I s'pose a lot of this is just regret that my old Dad never showed me).I promise to post pics of my first efforts,that'll give you all a good laugh.

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Post: # 282581Post Green Aura
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:36 am

Just remember it isn't like driving a car - the harder you press the pedal doesn't get more fun, it just gets more scary! :lol:

And remember to keep your fingers away from the needle. Other than that it's an enjoyable procedure turning shapeless pieces of cloth into all manner of wonderful things. Start with something simple like a cushion cover or tea towel, just to get the hang of sewing in straight lines and getting the hang of the machine.

I await the results - I'm sure they'll be fab.
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Post: # 282598Post bonniethomas06
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:51 pm

Good for you OJ, don't forget sewing blogs either - there are millions and they are really good. Most are admittedly about sewing womens clothes, but I guess the principle is the same?

This one is good: http://didyoumakethat.com/

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Post: # 282599Post ojay54
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:34 pm

Thanks for that,I've decided to service the machine myself(!) so first steps about the end of next week.I'm rather looking forward to this.

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Post: # 282608Post Pumkinpie
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:02 am

My electric machine is up the creek at the moment .
Need to work out why the thread from the spool keeps snapping.
Going to have a play with it on Monday using the manual and try to get it going.
Otherwise it's back to using my good old manual singer.
I must look up the registration number and see how old it is.
I paid a fiver over 30 years ago from a second hand shop and it's been brilliant .
It's made every thing except the kitchen sink.
The old ones are best . Built to last if u give them love and care.

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Post: # 282610Post MKG
Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Spool tension adjustment, obviously.

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