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.
Dress form – 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 !)

Marking
Marking tools and methods
Tracing wheel, tracing paper

Needles and Pins
Needles, threads, pins
Needle and looper threaders

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
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.

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

Undoing mistakes
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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