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    want to start sewing

    So, I have been doing little DIY things here and there...whoopies, CRL for my tarp, kozies, but now I want to take the next step. My wife has a sewing machine, but I know NOTHING about sewing. I have watched the stickied vids, but I'm still skeptical. What should I start out with first?

    What if I can't sew a straight line?

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    right down the street is a fabric store. they have free classes (you buy fabric) and they teach you to sew pillows, quilts and things. check your area out. never know
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    I am in a similar boat. I have now purchased some of the materials I need to make my first "real" project, some DIY Z-liners. I'm still practicing with scraps of fabric trying different stitches and working on making straight lines. So I guess what I am saying is that I would just go by some cheap fabric or use some old sheets and just practice until you feel comfortable. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanker0707 View Post
    What if I can't sew a straight line?
    You won't. Not until you have some practice under your belt. There.... Your worries are over. Nothing more to fret about. Fire the beastie up and make you first horrible awful crooked line. No sweat. You won't break anything.

    If you want go buy some plaid fabric (or repurpose and old plaid shirt.skirt) {Make sure your wife don't wear or want that skirt or straight lines will be the least of your worries} Practice following the plaid pattern to give you a line to shoot for.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanker0707 View Post
    So, I have been doing little DIY things here and there...whoopies, CRL for my tarp, kozies, but now I want to take the next step. My wife has a sewing machine, but I know NOTHING about sewing. I have watched the stickied vids, but I'm still skeptical. What should I start out with first?

    What if I can't sew a straight line?
    I have made plenty of things now and with some of the outdoor fabrics I STILL can't even sew a straight line. They can be tough. Use your testosterone and wrestle them into submission. It isn't a beauty contest. Just get some stitches in the thing

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    What should I start out with first?
    Start by watching some of the RamblinRev Video series and then start with some old sheets, or whatever the wife will let you have. Just practice making some of the different hems and try some of the different stitches. Pretty soon you will want to make something. A simple stuff bag is not a bad place to start. Make it out of whatever you have, doesn't matter, its the practice and experience of making something yourself that will get you started.
    Good luck, and have fun.


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