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What kind of machines do you sew on?
I sew on a Janome 7330 (Magnolia) and LOVE it. It is still considered an “entry level” machine, but has 30 stitch choices and is electronic. I now sew on a Janome Skyline S7 (as a part of the Janome on-loan program). It is definitely a step-up from my Magnolia, and absolutely love all the different stitches and applications! My serger is a Janome 7034D (Magnolia) and I would recommend this as well for an entry level serger.
I am a beginner sewist, what machine would you recommend?
I would recommend visiting a local sewing machine dealer and telling him/her what you’re interested in and what your budget is. Buying local (as opposed to a chain store such as Costco, Wal Mart, Jo Ann, etc.) is important because they will be able to service your machine for you and help you with any issues that may arise. It’s important to know that you’ll need to drop a few bucks if you want a quality machine. Owning a quality machine is the KEY to your sewing success! When I first started sewing I sewed on a cheap (>$100) machine. It worked for a while (as in, 2ish years… but I wasn’t using it regularly) but it got to a point where every time I tried to sew SOMETHING would go wrong. Finally, I made the switch and haven’t regretted it one bit! Sidenote: if you DO want to save a little $$, I suggest shopping at a dealer to see what you may like and then purchasing from Amazon.com or even find a good used machine on Craigslist.
I’m new to sewing. What are some projects I can start out with?
First, I would suggest my ebook, Sew a Skirt. It is a simple (as in, make this in an afternoon!) pattern that uses your measurements to create a custom-fitted skirt. Other than that, there are many easy-to-sew DIY projects found on my DIY page.
I don’t sew. Will you sew something for me if I pay you?
If you have any other questions that have not been covered here, please feel free to email me… I am an open book!