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    Sewing machines

    I've realized that while I sew a lot less than I used to, having a sewing machine is a must for me. Small alterations or repairs for my clothes would be impossible without the benefit of a sewing machine. The other day I needed to buy a saree petticoat (which cost anywhere from $10-20), and when I couldn't find the colour in the fabric I needed, it was easier for me to buy the fabric and sew it for myself and it cost me only $4 - so being able to sew allowed me to save money and customize my clothes to my needs. Which made me think, why don't I sew more often? Sewing seems to be a dying art.How many of you lovely ladies have a sewing machine at home and ho many of you actually use your sewing machines?
    You can't buy happiness, but you can buy shoes and that's kinda the same thing...


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    Darn it! GRRRR! Why can't I edit and add line breaks from my Blackberry? BTW, I didn't call the lovely ladies "hos" it was supposed to read "how" - sorry :sid:
    You can't buy happiness, but you can buy shoes and that's kinda the same thing...

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      I have never sewed but want to start, just so I can hem my pants or repair a tear. Do you have any tips for beginners?
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        Hi,

        I have sewing machine from Husqvarna Viking also have computerized embroidery disc so I can make 20 patterns of embroidery. I love to sew back in Pakistan mostly cloths of lawn and cotton just casuals not formal dresses, here is US I buy it becoz my hubby loves embroided sheets and home decorations done by me, so I made a embroided bed sheet, made so many dresses for my daughter as for EID I make sharara for her and I didn't even know how to cut it but I took help from google, I also made table mats, chair cushions. I use my machine to resize my dresses or some time I sew my cotton dresses too. I think it is good to have sewing machine at home to make little changes in dresses.
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          I sew my own clothes, and have saved a ton of money and stress from not having to deal with the tailors! I only do lawn, khaddar, etc for daily wear, not formals.

          For sewing tips, I rely on http://jansewingsolutions.com/

          Good luck!

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            Jias, what kind of embroidery can you do with that machine ? is it complete designs or just different stitches? How much did the machine cost you, I just want to get an idea. Thanks
            Last edited by automne77; Nov 20, 2011, 03:22 PM.

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              I have the Brother SE-350 machine. You can embroider with the included designs, or download additional designs from the internet.

              The SE-400 is the updated model of the machine, with basically the same features.



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                I've recently borrowed a sewing machine from my MIL. My mum used to sew a lot when I was younger, and taught me some basics, however I never kept it up. I really want to get back into it though, so have bought some fabric to make some nice tops for work.

                I do basic hemming and repair work by hand.

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                  Originally posted by tigerlily View Post
                  I really want to get back into it though, so have bought some fabric to make some nice tops for work.

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                  GREAT! Good luck with it! Do you use patterns, or make your own?

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                    Originally posted by muscat99 View Post
                    GREAT! Good luck with it! Do you use patterns, or make your own?
                    I have one top I like the shape of, so will use that as my pattern I've never used paper pattern though.

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                      Perfect! It will fit well! If you need any sewing tips, feel free to ask us here, ask around your friend and family, and also look on the internet. Sewing is such a practical skill, and you will save TONS by not having to buy ready made or rely on tailors.

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                        I discovered the fun a few months ago , when i knew little about stitching but had to fix all my clothes and even though it took me ages , I just kept telling myself it wasnt rocket science and an educated lady like me can surely not let this minial task make me feel like a loser .. and as I frantically applied every bit of science , soon I started feeling less pressured and sort of started enjoying it instead

                        I still havnt stitched a dress from scratch , but i think a machine is a must in every home ... i am soon in shaa allah gonna do some cushions for my living room ...
                        The Prophet Muhammad SAW reported that the Satan said to Allah: "I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies." And Allah replied: "(Then) I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask for My forgiveness." [Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 742]

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                          I would love to venture into this world again. I love love love embroidery but I have never done it myself. I don't know if i should get a simple sewing machine or one that embroidery function as well.

                          I don't want to do basic embroidery, I wanna do galas and stuff like that. What would you guys recommend?

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                            Originally posted by automne77 View Post
                            I don't want to do basic embroidery, I wanna do galas and stuff like that. What would you guys recommend?
                            You have 2 choices for embroidery. Either a regular sewing machine, and do the embroidery free hand (which is VERY time consiming), or with a (sewing)-embroidery machine. You can see the links I mentioned above for a basic model. The higher the price, the more features, and sizes available to embroider, as well as the more parts to break down. Whatever you choose, machine emberoidery is a skill that takes much practice to perfect.

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                              Thank you muscat99, I will look around to see if I can find some used embroidery machines and try to learn this new skill.

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