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I want to learn how to sew. Really learn to sew. Right now I can sew a straight line and that’s about it. So basically pillows and curtains are my limit. Last weekend I attempted to sew a cute little letter onto a onesie. All I had to do was turn the baby onesie around and follow the curvy lines but I couldn’t do it.  Maybe the onesie was just too small and that was it.  So I ended up hand stitching it instead.  Doable but not what I had hoped for. Any of my talented sewing friends want to teach me a thing or two on the machine? I really wish I would have taken that sewing course in high school that my mom tried to make me take.  I’m not even sure what I want to learn.  I don’t want to do fancy stuff but more than just the basic sewing a straight line.  Really, I just need to break out the instruction manual and start experimenting.  Can you say intimidated?  And one more. My son really wanted me to take his picture with his friends.  Ezra, Boots the Bear and his floppy dog. 

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Francie - You should totally call Joann's! They have good classes, often. Not that I've taken one, but I have friends who have.February 20, 2012 - 9:34 pm

MB - I can help if you need a lesson sometime!!February 20, 2012 - 11:43 pm

D - Don't be intimidated! You've given birth to a child! You are a very serious runner (when not pregnant). You are bright and articulate! You can do anything you set your mind to. It's really not difficult. My late home ec teacher and friend taught us to sew curves and circles using handwriting like worksheets with no thread in the machine. Just like you might teach E how to write those dotted and dashed lines. Sew on the lines to complete the row. You know you are getting there when you can stay with the dashed line or curve. Practice, practice, practice. Then take your time, and be prepared to rip out your stitches. Applique large things first. The letter a is practically all curve, so it is hard, and yes, onesies are murder to sew on, unless you have a kickin' machine.February 20, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Jenny - Try The Berry Patch for sewing lessons.February 23, 2012 - 9:52 am

Nell - Thanks everyone for all the suggestions on this! I might just have to sign up for a class somewhere after the baby is born. Maybe this summer or next fall. And until then I just need to start experimenting. Thanks for the ideas D!February 29, 2012 - 2:52 pm

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