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    Sewing practice

    For all you DIY project guys: Iím about to steal my sisterís sewing machine & start some projects. My question is what do you guys feel is the best material to use, what thread, and the best project to LEARN to sew. At this point I have ZERO experience sewing.

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    I was introduced to sewing, years ago, thru a VCR series called "Sewing with Nancy." It really was good and actually a sewing/fabric store lent it to me 'cause they were so happy to have a guy be interested. There really is a lot to bobbin tension and technique, maybe it's like skiing or golf; a little instruction at the beginning goes a long way. It just might keep you from throwing the machine out the window in frustration.
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    I already have a knowledgeable neighbor lined up to give me a couple of lessons. I know this help will go a LONG way towards keeping my sanity.
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    Just starting myself, but, I use nylon thread, "outdoor" or "upholstery" type, not polyester, because polyester and cotton break constantly. ($3+) My first projects were gear bags, and a ' practice ' parka made from an old bed sheet. Have moved on to a DIY hammock, and UQ.

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    Gutterman's thread is very popular here. It is polyester and will not rot or degrade in sunlight. Nylon thread is not the way to go for outdoor projects. The thin and slippery materials such as silnylon are difficult to sew so I would not start with them. Many projects on this site start out with 1.9 oz. ripstop which is not too hard to sew. Good luck and have fun and remember there is a learning curve so don't get frustrated.
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    Based on the little sewing that I've done, get some ripstop from the $1 bin at Wally World and sew lots and lots of stuff sacks. It's good practice. Also, if you know someone who can provide a lesson or 2, definitely take them up on it. It'll save you a lot of frustration and dirty words. Just take your time and remember you're trying to enjoy yourself, not run a race.

    I have to second the words of gstepclassical to get quality polyester thread. It is definitely the way to go for outdoor projects. If you want to get some cheap polyester to practice with, go for it. Then save your good polyester thread for projects. Ed Speer sells a huge cone of polyester thread on his site for an excellent price.
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    If you get the cone of thread from Ed Speer, realize that it will have to be rewound onto something else that will fit on your machine to use. I used a second bobbin. That seems obvious, but even though I have years of sewing behind me (wayyy behind me), I picked it up and looked at it as I sat at the machine and was stumped for a minute. My friend Nancye looked around and found a plastic serving spoon with a long handle, and she held it with the cone on it while I wound the bobbins with the machine. I'll try to attach a pic of it.

    Hmmmm, that one must be on Nancye's camera. I'll get a copy and post it.
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    Somewhere there is a pic of a DIY thread holder for cones. It is made from a CD/DVD spindle and a coat hanger bent into a guide wand. Saves a ton of grief for rewinding. In fact you can draw the thread the directly off the cone on your machine in most cases. The tension may need to be adjusted but that would be an idividual machine thing.
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    spindle for Ed's monster thread cone

    found the picture.
    Mine does not look so tidy, but it has served me well enough.

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    Here Nancye and I are hard at work...

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