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    Learning To Sew

    hello
    looking for advice on how to learn to sew
    by hand for now
    just want to learn how to repair gear, hem pants, ect.

    i know nothing about what to start with
    any help is appreciated

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    YouTube has many videos, check a local sewing supply store, community centers...that's all I have off the top of my head.

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    here is the lady that pretty much got me from basic beginner to being able to make my own stuff with out too much worry;

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCis...Hk0hyKBcdsckZw
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    They are for machine sewing from what I see

    What would be a good first hand stich to learn to fix a strap to a bag

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    I found this video to be helpful if you are just starting.

    https://youtu.be/nA9u4F27l80

    I have also been trying to learn to sew by hand lately. I learned how to do a running stitch and sew on a button when I was a kid but that's about it. A couple of months ago I decided I had time to learn to sew better since I'm still social distancing. My idea was to make my own "samplers" like the young girls used to do 100 years ago when they would learn how to sew. (I've also been listening to books from the 1800's on Librivox and watching Little House on the Prairie.) Of course the "sampler" would not be for show, it would just be for practice. So I grabbed a scrap of cloth and researched one stitch and practiced making that one type of stitch until I could do it nicely and evenly. Then I researched and practiced another stitch, and so on.

    Another thing I did was to "deconstruct" some old clothes. I used a seam ripper and took apart the clothes seam by seam. This was very interesting because I was working on the design for 2 down underquilts and wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything when calculating the materials I needed to order. (Of course I'm not planning to sew 2 underquilts by hand. I was planning to borrow my mom's sewing machine but then a friend bought a new machine and gave me her old one. )

    I am by no means an expert but I hope this information will be of use to you. I am usually the one asking questions and am glad that someone finally asked a question to which I thought I might be able to contribute something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brutalguyracing View Post
    i know nothing about what to start with
    Since you say you know nothing about what to start with, does that mean you have no needles, thread or other sewing tools?

    I just last week found Wawak.com and they have all sorts of sewing stuff at great prices. If you need to buy everything to get your sewing kit started it would be a good idea to check it out. Their prices (at least for the stuff I was looking at) were lower than Michaels, JoAnn's, Walmart and Amazon.

    This article tells you the names and uses of some of the basic tools you might need: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/sewi...to-sew-4122025

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    Thank you for all the help and very helpful post
    I picked up a set of needles and some polyester thread and some nylon thread and such at Michael's the other day
    Was looking to get some quality thread for the important gear repairs shorty
    Will start practicing this weekend
    Will report back
    Thanks again


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    In the. Media section on here there are some sewing videos by ramblinrev. Called we don't see,we make gear. Those might be helpful to you.

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    If you are hand sewing heavy fabric, you may need to purchase a thimble to help push the needle through the fabric. A thimble will save your fingers and you will be able to hand sew faster. As with all skills, practice before doing the real thing. And be patient with yourself.

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