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Old 03-30-2009, 12:32
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Hi, i really want to learn how to sew. My question is are most of you self taught or did you take classes somewhere. A few months ago i took a class at Joannes and was so discouraged because I learned nothing. I have two machines. So there is a class close to me(not joannes) that is starting tomorrow and I was thinking of signing up. So i selfteach or take the class? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Maybe try the class one more time. Even if you only pick up one or two more things it will be worth it and then try and wing it from there. I am self taught but do wish I took a class sometimes. Good luck!
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I would suggest it. I did take a class to make a rag quilt once. I also don't know if what I do can be considered sweing but I would say I am self taught. I wish I could make the time to take a class but then that would lead to me having to buy more crap somehow.
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Thanks for responding. I guess i should take the class. I have 3 kids and stay at home and I have guilt about taking a class and doing something for myself!
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I got a few classes when I bought my 2nd machine. At first, I learned by myself and got a little help from my mil. I learned the 'proper' way to do things in the class.
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Maybe try the class one more time. Even if you only pick up one or two more things it will be worth it and then try and wing it from there.
That's what we were told in our class too. I bought my machine from JoAnn's-it was actually another company that has a space in JoAnn's, but they offer free classes for life for my machine. I just did the sewing and am going to do the embroidery in a few weeks. A few times, I knew more about the machine than the lady did who was teaching the class (she wasn't threading it right, etc) but overall, I learned a lot. I think a lot of it was way over my head because they were teaching things that I didn't know where to begin on (like a blind hem), but....I'm glad I did it so that if I had to do it again, I may remember SOMETHING about it. I did learn a lot that I could use now though, but I think if I took it again, I would be able to pull more out of it since I know my machine better. I'm dying for the embroidery class because that is the reason I bought my dang machine, but I just haven't had any time to figure it out on my own although I hope to do some of that before my class so I somewhat know what I'm doing!
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IMO a class will not to teach you to sew, it teaches u how to use ur machine and basics, but will not teach you technique, it's really just trial and error, I stayed up many late nights to teach myself and and I am by no means a professional, but I have never taken a single class, not even for patterns, and I am very proud of my work!
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Thanks everyone. Thanks Wichitamom, i have gotten back and forth all day and I am just going to try on my own. There are some videos on the web. My experience with Joannes was horrible, i never even learned how to thread the machine! I mainly want to sew simple handkerchief style dresses for my baby. I will post some pics in the future. thanks
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I really just want to figure out what everything on my machine does. Mine is older, and I don't have the manual-I inherited it.

A very good friend of mine tought me how to make curtains with it, and I've been self taught ever since.

It takes a lot of practice. I thought it would be super easy to learn, but it isn't.
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If you don't have the manual, try ebay or search google with something like this 'viking iris manual'. I found a store that has the manual for my machine as a pdf download.
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