Tools

Machines
A basic sewing machine
Using a sewing machine – first steps
Serger/ overlocker
How a sewing machine works

Fitting aids
Personal fitting sloper – pdf from Sewingplums on the many ways of getting one of these.
See also Techniques page sections on
Fitting,
Size and ease.
Instructions for padding out a basic dressmakers form to your own shape – post from Kathryn in this thread
The Dummy from Hell (this doesn’t happen to everyone who tries these !)

Marking
Marking tools and methods
Tracing wheel, tracing paper

Patterns
Sewing pattern – choose size, understand markings.
See also Techniques page section on Size and ease.
Using pdf download patterns
Personal croquis (Sewingplums) – to find flattering styles.
These posts suggest pattern books for :
Complete beginners
Near beginners
Advanced beginners

Pattern altering to make new styles
– see this page of Sewingplums for a few links about altering patterns to make new styles.

Pressing
Pressing ham
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

Sewing
Needles, threads, pins
Help with needle and looper threading
Seam ripper

Wardrobe planning
pdf from Sewingplums on many approaches to this.

Entertainment (free)
Nancy Zieman Sewing with Nancy, PBS shows viewable on-line.
Linda MacPhee of MacPhee Workshop, TV shows on YouTube.
Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns, webcasts and sew-alongs.

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