A basic sewing machine
How a sewing machine works
Using a domestic sewing machine – first steps (see also Beginners-free starters section in right side menu for links to video instructions)
Guide to utility stitches on a domestic sewing machine, from The Sewing Corner
Using an industrial sewing machine, videos from Trish Newberry
Using a serger/ overlocker
Personal fitting sloper – pdf from Sewingplums on the many ways of getting one of these.
See also Techniques page sections on
Size and ease.
Dress form – these are only useful for fitting if they’re the same shape as you are – there’s much useful information on choosing and adjusting a dress form in this thread at Stitchers’ Guild.
The Dummy from Hell (this doesn’t happen to everyone who tries these !)
Sewing pattern – choose size, understand markings.
See also Techniques page section on Size and ease.
How to pin down a pattern, from Sew Me Something patterns.
Using pdf download patterns
Personal croquis (Sewingplums) – to find flattering styles.
The simplest methods of altering a pattern are described in this post from Sewingplums.
Pattern altering to make new styles – see this page of Sewingplums for links to more posts about altering patterns to make new styles.
Make your own pressing tools – from fabric
Make your own pressing tools – from wood
DIY tool for pressing seams in velvet – video from Threads magazine, scroll down to DIY Faux Velvet Board
pdf from Sewingplums on many approaches to this.