25 thoughts on “Do you do your own sewing/alterations?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I enjoy sewing. It’s pretty fun so I’d say just go for it. The up front investment isn’t that much tbh and as for the do’s and don’t just learn from doing. You don’t learn much from reading about sewing you learn more from doing. As far as gear goes though pick up a cutting wheel / rotary wheel and a mat. Also use the pre-made templates for random things until you get good at it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been sewing for a few years now and really enjoy it. Unfortunately I moved to a smaller apartment recently and don’t have the space for a large table which makes it way easier to cut out fabric and trace patterns and stuff so I haven’t sewn much lately
    I did upgrade my entry level Brother machine to a really nice Singer with all the bells and whistles and a nice machine is definitely a plus. You can still do pretty much anything on a cheap beginner machine but after a while the lack of quality of life features can be very annoying. I recommend someone get the best machine they can afford early on because you’ll just outgrow your first machine really quickly otherwise

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. At the moment I unfortunately only do it by hand in invisible areas of garments. I also do small fixes on bags and shoes.

      I just got a sewing machine half a year ago, and managed to break it an extremely dumb way (had an alternate, big walking foot on it and didn’t realize that does not fit the original packaging).
      But even by hand I do some alterations while I contemplate on what to do about my sewing machine situation.

      If you have enough space, definitely keep the machine always ready, cause it can be boring to get a table set up for a sewing machine.

      I mostly just do alterations and fixes that don’t require me to deconstruct the garment at all but this is my pure laziness. Even just during lazy hemming that I do makes an incredible difference. Trousers just look much better.
      I also make some of my own T-shirts and scarves, simply stuff. I use fabric that they just don’t use in shops. Really heavy hemp linen, cotton.

      I haven’t tried that machine, but I hear it’s good. Be aware that in practice you’ll probably use 4 or 5 of those stitches, and that’s fine! No one needs that amount of stitch types, like wtf are the ones from 14 to 19? If you just start out 5 and 8 are going to be your best friends. 5 for more stretchy fabrics, 8 for non-stretchy stuff.
      Also you will need some youtube videos on threading the machine, preparing the spooley. But that’s about it, after that, practice away.

      I never had a rotary wheel, but I do have an amazing pair if scissors.

      Now you have an even bigger table. The floor. lol I’ve lived in some bigger houses before, but even when I had a dedicated sewing machine are and table, I never used it for actually cutting out the pattern. I thoroughly clean the floor, and then it’s the best surface for preparation. Just get (or make) a sitting mat. And plan in advance what you’re gonna do (in case you can’t keep the project lying around for long). I have dedicated totes per project.

    • Anonymous says:

      you can use carpet to cut fabric on, it’s what i do. i copy patterns on the floor. i barely have space yet i can work on my sewing projects finely

      • Anonymous says:

        I make some of my clothes myself because I want to be neofolk and because I’ve embraced environmentalist and hoppean beliefs and believe most modern clothes are tainted by state influences. More generally the state encourages a high time preference leading to worse clothes being made but the state often specifically passes policy that denigrates fashion. E.g. rationing lasting until the mid 50’s in Britain is often credited with making the waistcoat less popular than before.
        I intend to post the shirt I’ve made in the next neofolk general. I’m in the middle of making some trousers.
        >are there do and don’t I should be aware of
        Yes. Hand sewing takes ages and this should be taken into account if you choose to hand sew a project.
        Sewing is a good way of avoiding the “taint” I talked about earlier. You can ensure you’re using completely natural fabrics and that you’re not skimping on materials.


  3. Anonymous says:

    you bet your ass i do
    25 dollars second-hand, works like a charm minus i can’t go in reverse
    4 AA batteries
    just need it for taking my sleeves up

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have an old machine, 60 or 70 years old. With the manual and some mechanical insight you can get going quickly on old machines and this one cost me 10 bucks and only needed cleaning and lubrication.
    And then it’s up and running, after tweaking the thread tension a bit it was sewing beautifully. Though I have more experience getting these things running smoothly than actually making anything useful with them.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s honestly good fun to figure out how a mechanical machine works and how it’s different functions operate, trying to make it work more smoothly. I find that in doing this I get a better understanding on how to handle the machine myself.
        I have an Elna with an Elnagraph system, which allows for different cams that make for decorative stitches. Just spending an afternoon trying the different cams, trying to understand how the cam translates to a movement in the in needle, after doing this I got this itch to try and make my own cams for it with custom patterns, I think I could figure out how to do it.

        It’s like an elaborate puzzle, understanding how the pieces fit together and you learn how even the most simple machines can be incredibly versatile.

  5. Anonymous says:

    we need a sewing general in here
    that said, i was trying to make something with white fabrics earlier (100% cotton) and the tailor’s chalk wont come out now

      • Anonymous says:

        thanks anon

        I am surprised there’s no thread dedicated to clothe making already. But maybe /fashion/ simply doesn’t attract that kind of people.

        i think fa is full of people who just wanna buy fashions and they arent interested in creating

    • Anonymous says:

      I am surprised there’s no thread dedicated to clothe making already. But maybe /fashion/ simply doesn’t attract that kind of people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Every sewing thread on /fashion/ makes it to 30 posts over a week long period then 404s. No one here actually sews enough to keep threads alive

      • Anonymous says:

        I sew but mostly alterations because all clothes I can buy off the rack are too long in sleeves/body/inseam.

        But I don’t buy new clothes often enough to keep a general thread alive.

        Alterations are fun though. I wish I bought a different sewing machine though. And a serger.

        • Anonymous says:

          >long sleeves suck
          im like a trex, so my shirt sleeves are all sooo long. is it hard to shorten them yourself? i watched some youtube tutorials and just got confused…

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to get into sewing but I find it difficult to know where to start. I’ve sewn ultra basic things like a bag partition and ive done some hand sewing but I really want to make nice skirts and dresses and every time I watch a yt video i think this looks way too complicated even for something basic like a gathrered or circle skirt.

    Im also really off put by having to make basic shit like an apron or oven mitt as starting projects because i have no use for them

    • Anonymous says:

      Buy a cheap bedsheet or find an old one, get some fabric dirt cheap, and just dive into it. Accept that the first few attempts will resemble medieval peasant rags rather than actual clothes, thet learning curve is steep, but it’s more enjoyable than making pointless things you’ll never use like oven mitts.

      Another starting place is alterations, maybe you have clothes that you’re going to throw away because they don’t fit you, try altering them to make them fit you, if you screw up it doesn’t matter because you were going to bin them anyway, but if you succeed you can continue to wear them.

      • Anonymous says:

        damn i just did a closet clean out. There is a skirt I like that is ever so slightly too long but i think ill wait because its really nice and not something i wanna screw up.
        good idea with bedsheets too

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