Learn to Sew!




Introduction: Learn to Sew!

About: Hi, I am a quilting teacher and book author who lives on a budget. I love writing, sewing, quilting, teaching and playing with my pet rabbits. I have a blog at http://www.crazyshortcuts.com/margueritas-blog/…

Lots of people want to learn to sew and this vid gives tips on how to get started very inexpensively. This is a very short entry because it is for a 30 second video contest :)

Please check out my longer 'ible about Old Sewing Machines here https://www.instructables.com/id/Old-Sewing-Machines-are-Hidden-Treasures/

Start by looking for an older, mechanical machine - they are great for learning on and pretty inexpensive. In fact, if you find one in a cabinet you can take it out of the cabinet and sell the cabinet!

Be sure to clean and oil the machine before sewing with it.

Check out books from your library on sewing basics and maybe start a sewing circle in your town so that many people can learn from each other :)

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    5 years ago

    I actually have this Sears Best Kenmore sewing machine. I recently found it in my mom's closet. It is pretty much pristine. Are sewing machine oils pretty universal? I want to make sure I use the best suited for this machine. Obviously Kenmore sewing oil is no longer made for this machine. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks


    Reply 5 years ago

    I am so sorry to take so long to reply! I have been traveling for months... Not all oils are the same, but a good sewing machine oil will work for all machines. You can buy a small container of sewing machine oil at JoAnn's or sewing machine retailers BUT do not use 3-in1 oil, it's not good for sewing machines. My best, Marguerita


    13 years ago on Introduction

    hi i appreciate the video but the only thing you are advising is getting a old sewingmachine and ask sombody alse to teach me how to sew?


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.  The video was for a contest where I was supposed to try to inspire someone to do something in 30 seconds.  It wasn't easy!  There's just too much to say about sewing to fit it into 30 seconds - but I did my best  :)

    It is really easy to learn to sew on the old sewing machines, I was trying to emphasize that you don't need to spend a lot of money to learn to sew.  I know that anyone can learn to sew from a book but it's much nicer to learn from a person! 

    I find that in a lot of communities there are lots of people who want to learn to sew but don't have a lot of money.  I think it is a good idea to form a group of learners - - and all try and learn together.  Some people will know more than others and some will be good at working on machines, but if everyone shares their knowledge and enthusiasm then everyone benefits  :)

    I hope that my short video didn't discourage you!  There are some great videos about sewing on YouTube and other open video sources and there are some really good books about it.  Please try your library or look for a sewing or quilting group in your town, or consider starting one of your own.  Once you get sewing you'll be hooked!  It is a great creative outlet  :)

    All the best, Marguerita