7 Ways To Save Money When You Start Sewing | DIY Hacks

[Intro music] Hello, welcome back to my YouTube channel! I’m starting this video with showing
you this amazing shirt that I thrifted today Oh my gosh! Juggling. Pochi! MERR. And this hat that I crocheted – It’s the second thing I’ve ever successfully crocheted. I’ve only just started crocheting in the past month and I LOVE it! It’s so much fun. And this hat turned out really really cute and it was made from Fairtrade wool from Uruguay, so… yayy!
And I’m also sitting in quite a dark room because I’m still having troubles with migraines and light sensitivity so if this looks really dark that’s why. If it looks nice and bright then future Annika has done a really good job on post-production. So hopefully it looks good! Whoo! So the other day I was browsing through different patterns for clothing that you can buy online and I was like wow, these are really prohibitively expensive for someone who’s maybe just getting into sewing and doesn’t have that much money. I’ve also been looking at fabrics recently and thought the same thing…So I wanted to make a little list of all the tips and tricks that I have learned while being someone who is relatively broke learning to sew, because fabrics and classes and books and textbooks and all of that stuff… Sewing accessories, you name it are all quite expensive it’s a pretty expensive hobby to just pick up on a whim, if you don’t even know if you’re gonna like it or not. So this video is gonna be how to get started sewing without spending a fortune. My first tip is to go to thrift stores to find your fabrics. You don’t want to be buying especially fabrics for your first ever projects from places like … Spotlight and Lincraft are the big craft stores in Australia, I think you’ve got Joanne’s in the US is that one called Michaels – or am I making that up right now? Anyway fabric from these places is expensive and you’re probably also gonna honestly mess it up because you’re learning how to sew and sewing is a little bit hard. So when I first started sewing I used things like old bed sheets – you can actually find old bed sheets in quite cute floral patterns. I got one which was all like cute vintage looking teacups that I made a dress out of actually that I used to make the first tutorial on this channel. This orange one here was floral bedsheets! This pinafore was an old bedsheet… Bedsheets are great, especially if it’s for your first projects and you just mucking around with things. Another thing that bedsheets can be useful for is for making prototypes, so before you use the really nice fabric, if you’re using like a light cotton or silk or something like that as your final fabric, then you can use a bed sheet of the same or at least similar sort of fabric to make your prototype. Now I know that a lot of you say that you don’t have good thrift stores in your country. And unfortunately that might be the case you might be able to shop online instead – places like Etsy or eBay often sell secondhand fabrics. But if you do live in a country that has pretty good thrift stores then you can definitely find good fabrics, though if you’re someone who thinks they never have good luck thrifting then you’re probably looking in the wrong places. And I’m actually going to link to a video on how to thrift which is very applicable to finding fabrics – even though the video I made was about clothes. Aside from thrifted bed sheets you might also hit the jackpot and find a craft section at the thrift store. I found these today: Two metres of gingham, 3 metres of sweater fleece fabric 2 metres of wool tartan, 2 meters of this nice drapey chiffon pattern material it’s really pretty 4 metres of this really nice drapey tartan for $4! Thrift store prices! And it’s not just fabrics like often there will be a little craft haberdashery section in different thrift stores like today I also found a handful of zippers and I probably got all those fabrics and zippers for the price of maybe one or two metres of fabric in a normal craft store. Another thing that is great from thrift stores – sewing textbooks, so this is a woman’s day complete book of handicrafts, a giant, hardcover, like, tome that I got for $3. I got that today at the thrift store and while it’s from the seventies the instructions and step by step photos to do all of these different crafts are really well detailed like I’ve learnt quite a lot of stuff from it just from reading it today There’s a whole section on metric equivalents. So I don’t have to google it I can just use this as a reference. We’ve got how to measure every single part of your body for different clothes a sewing guide for the thread you should use and how many machine stitches per inch for different types of fabric, and this whole thing is just on how to iron fabrics like this thing is awesome, and it includes a bunch of tutorials of how to make things and patterns so like, yes, this might be a 70s design but a lot of the patterns that they give you are fairly timeless! Besides, seventies stuff is fashionable, anyway! I found this awesome one from the 80s a while ago for 50 cents, which is also a really good step by step guide to following patterns and making clothes. And this thing I got today as well, which is from the summer of 87 to 88… You would see people wearing this today! Like, I’m pretty sure seeing that girl on Instagram recently. So don’t discredit older sewing guides from thrift shops just because of their age. They are actually often really well-written, especially if they are something like Women’s Day – if you can find Women’s Day books, I have two of them – they’re really well written. Another good place to get cheap fabrics and craft supplies is places, like estate sales and garage sales… Estate sales, you might be able to score with fabrics because often it might be an older person who has passed away who has hoarded fabric their whole lives. That is definitely going to be me in the future I pity the person who has to go through my fabric stash – or if you know people who have relatives maybe like their grandma recently moved to a nursing home and left all her fabric stash they might be like, please please take this off us! I have had three different people give me huge like roomfuls of fabric that they didn’t need anymore because they knew I liked so that brings me to another tip let everyone in your life know that you like sewing! Make it be known that you are now the sewing person because not only will you find these people who might have stashes that they want to unload. They might just be like, oh, I’ll buy this person a present. I’ll buy them a sewing machine for Christmas. That’s what happened to me. I showed an interest in sewing and for Christmas that year my dad noticed that there were sewing machines on sale at the post office and he was like awesome I’m gonna get that for Annika and the rest is history. Talking about sewing machines – if you’re going to be spending any money this is where you need to spend it. You don’t wanna be spending your money on fabrics, on patterns, on classes, on books… You want to be spending it here. Because if you have a bad sewing machine, if you go for like the cheapest worst type, your projects probably won’t work out and you’re probably gonna think that it’s your fault that you’re a bad sewer when it’s actually the sewing machines fault. It can totally put you off sewing for the rest of your life. Not a good idea, and the benefits to investing in a good sewing machine is that you will have it for years so you can save money in the long run because you’re able to make all your own clothes. If you improve a lot and really take to it, you can even make money selling things. So I just really think this is the one thing you really should invest in if you’re getting started sewing. That said, there are some really decent sewing machines out there for beginners that are only around $100 – $200. I can only speak from personal experience, but I really like my Bernina machine it is a beginners, but semi computerized machine which meant that it has let me do a lot more intermediate stuff not just beginners only stuff like I can work with swimsuits really easily or I can work with denim and I’ve had it for – I think it’s four years at this point – and it’s I’ve never even had it serviced and it just works perfectly like the day I got it. Of course I’m also going to mention free sewing tutorials on the internet! So if you’re just learning to so I actually compiled a whole page of free beginner sewing tutorials on my website. And of course all of my tutorials are free and I have a whole beginner’s playlist that you can go through which is ranked in order from easy to hard. They’re all free. Please use them! My last tip is that there are plenty of places to get free sewing patterns and I’m going to be linking some of my favorites down below. Colette does a couple of free patterns, Peppermint magazine has a lot of free patterns, Tilly and the buttons has some free tutorials, these are all quite beginner friendly and ones like Tilly and the buttons and Colette actually teach you how to sew while you use them if you do spend any of any money on them it’s kind of like a class and a pattern all in one. So it’s quite a lot of value for money, but I’ll put the links to these and some are in the description box down below, so that you can find some good quality beginners patterns that are free. Also make some sewing friends! Anyone who is friends with me and shows even the slightest interest in sewing I like load them up with a bunch of fabrics to take home. Is the answer to this one…become friends with Annika? No, but I think you’ll find that the sewing community is really passionate, eager to help and teach others to learn so making friends who love sewing and letting the world know that you love sewing is definitely not a bad idea! Speaking of making sewing friends It’s been like a week since I launched the make thrift try community challenge and there have already been so many photos on Instagram who have taken part in the challenge, or they’ve gotten started on the challenge or what they’re like posting works in progress, and it’s been so cool to see. Um, thank you so much for posting them I am so excited to see more throughout the month. Remember it finishes at… 31 days after? My last video was posted So if you want to join in get started with some sewing – it doesn’t have to be super professional! If you’re a beginner you are more than welcome! Then please join in! If you have any more tips or tricks on how to get started sewing without spending a ton of money on places where you might be able to find cheap craft accessories or if you have any favorite free pattern websites that aren’t linked in the description box below! Please leave a comment! When I witness like a nice friendly interaction in my comment section, I get so happy and I’m like.. FRIENNNDDDSSSS! It honestly makes my day. So please do that. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little skater beanie, Emo hair in this video. I think it’s very cute. I love this beanie. Anyway, thank you for watching I hope this video was helpful, and I’ll see you all next time. Bye!


  • i also told my mother i'm interested in sewing, and she got me a sewing machine for Christmas, this past Christmas! 😀 She also gave me 2 books on sewing, from the 1970s -i guess she wanted to know how to make stuff, but she never got around to, though she does have a super old sewing machine herself. too heavy to bring over though, and she still uses it for simple stuff, like hemming.
    old bed sheets is an awesome tip! i never considered it!

  • I got heaps of fabric from my sister’s mother in law when she went into a nursing home. She had a huge stash!

  • Burda magazines??!! You can get dated ones if you’re lucky. I even obtained all of my sister’s mother-in-law’s Burda magazines. She used to buy them every month so I now have piles of them! I have also found them in thrift book stores!

  • Thank you for gathering all this information for us!

  • You can also ask people you know for their clothing/bedding and request sewing supplies for your gifts. Plus, many people purposely donate things routinely and you can ask them to let you sift through the items first.

  • Bernina Machines are so awesome. We had a bunch at school. I always wanted a hightec one from them but they are sooo expensive. Definetly something for pros

  • my tip is: find old clothing that you and your family are getting rid of or don’t wear and upcycle them into something new! you don’t even have to go out to gwt your material and it’s a good way to just practice! you can make things like cropped shirts, bunting flags for your room, pin cushions, scrunchies, socks, pouches, whatever you want!! and also as annika has said before… DONT THROW OUT THE FABRIC SCRAPS! you can make a ton of cool stuff with scraps and even thread ends can be used as upcycled stuffing for pillows, plushies, pin cushions etc.! you can do so much with what you have, you just have to get creative 😀

  • Some of the tips are kind of impossible in my country, like we barely have thift stores/charity shops in Germany and I've never seen a haberdashery section in any of them 🙁 Also I've never heard of garage sales here…
    But I recently got my grandma's sewing machine because she moved into a nursery home, and it's a really good and rather new machine!

  • Definitely going to use some of those free patterns. Very helpful video. Thanks!!

  • When I had recently started knitting, and was homeless for the second time in my life, I sometimes went to local knitting groups and they usually had a huge plethora of yarn or old knitting magazines that someone or other was looking to give away to someone who wanted it and could use it. One of the shelters I stayed at also had someone donate an actual bin filled with yarn as well. And once word went around to friends and, inevitably, my friends' moms, I ended up accumulating a huge amount of yarn. I own so much yarn, and the vast majority of it was just free.

    Knitting needles are a little harder to find good ones for, but my only issues with that have been finding circular knitting needles (which are connected at the bottom via a cord of some kind – usually used for knitting round things or very wide things like a sweater or blanket) for free. The dollar store by where I live has very inexpensive knitting needles that I've been able to fall back on in a pinch. I also tend to gravitate towards the same weight of yarns for most of my projects (just regular worsted weight stuff) so I can use the same knitting needles without it being too tight or difficult to knit.

    If you're privileged enough to have an address, you can also hone in on the skill that is ordering small things from ebay. A lot of places that have in-person thrift stores around the world may also have an ebay where they list surplus or deadstock. (Also: searching with "deadstock" or "surplus" will help land you things in brand new condition that didn't sell the first time around.) A thing I also didn't know about as existing for a long time was "free stores" and "free corners" and "free shelves" which are places where community members know to drop off things that a thrift store may be too full to take or decline for whatever reason. The free shelf by where I live is some place I've been able to get a winter coat for myself and my partner from, and all sorts of mismatched dishes, old textbooks, little glass terrariums, and when it's summertime and the place with the shelf is open (it's an antique store but it's owned by really progressive folks with a food pantry in back), they've got a cat who lives in the building I've made friends with.

    Anyway tl;dr if you have absolutely no money to spend at all, no address to ship things to, nothing to sell or trade, don't lose hope! There's options out there for you I promise. Keep your heart out for what you're looking for, and hone your sense of what you can use. If you've got ripped/irreparable jeans, how can you use the fabric? Or how can a friend use the fabric?

  • In the US.. Joann’s , Michael’s, A.C. Moore and Hobby lobby but only Joann’s and hobby lobby have bolts fabric … some Walmart’s have a small selection of fabric bolts. Some places are lucky enough to have a random quilt store.

  • I have a really neat sewing machine/craft table that was passed down to me after my grandmother died. It needs some serving but she had it since probably the 50s or 60s? Over all it still works amazingly, and gets what I need done.

    Also Americans, I saw at Family Dollar they sometimes have curtain panels for cheap ($3-10 depending on the area, size and fabric) for smaller simple projects or even just experimentation those work really well!

  • Yes I had a good neighbor that just gave me a large box of materials that she got at rummage sale for$3.00& a 60 gallon garbage bag full of yarns for $6.00. And just received a large box of materials from my aunt& her industrial sewing machine.

  • i always buy sheets at a thrift store to use as my mock up. sometimes they come out good enough to use…other times uhm…not

  • Michael's is real and has just branched out to include fabric in their Canadian stores. A few select stores have been chosen to see if the sale of fabric is in any sort of demand on the market for Michael's customers. Calgary, AB, Canada has a good one that has $8.00/m flannel, $16.00/m cottons and $20.00 designer fabrics, or thereabouts. Flannel prices may have dropped simply because we are past Christmas. Hi from Canada!

  • I have a late 50s white sewing machine I got at an estate sale for like $30 and it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. It's a strong boi.

  • G'day (I'm from Perth ;)) Love your videos! Super refreshing 🙂 I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but I run a Cosplay YouTube channel and I run tutorials – mostly on cosplay and costume if anyone is into that. I also have done up free patterns for a victorian bustle pillow (butt pillow) and an capelet & hood… and I try to add a new tutorial every month (but have casual content too).

  • My nan passed down her old singer sewing machine from around the 40's. I learnt to sew on it and found my love for sewing from it. I have a new sewing machine now and an overlocker,but i will forver keep the one my nan gave me 😊

  • This is a great can-do attitude video! I am so used to people whining about sewing and trying to hot glue fabric together in tutorials when I know sewing is not that difficult. You just learn a little at a time as you are doing. And it is really fun! May I add a couple of thoughts? Bag sales can be a great resource to glean findings for super cheap. Clip off the expensive buttons, zippers, shoulder pads, laces, trims and stash them. Look at larger size and different gender clothing to glean the fabric. I have a uniquely woven cashmere sweater in oatmeal color that will be repurposed into a hat, fingerless gloves, mittens and who knows what else. Large nightgowns, caftans, even coats are great places to find fabric for cheap. Check Walmart online. Some of their stores are carrying fabric and I love the decent price. And you touched on patterns so I want to say ebay and bonanza.com carry new and used patterns for such a good price with greater variety any store will ever carry. Also if you have a garment in your closet you bought and loved it to death, you can take the piece apart and make a pattern from it to replicate the garment with the same type of fabric (knit with knit, woven with woven). I love your channel! Stay inspired! 🙂

  • Look great with the ligthing

  • I grew up in a family where we were taught to sew on scraps at about the age of 3 years old! I never showed a whole lot of interest in sewing but I guess the lessons stuck because I now have a room in my house just for my sewing stuff! My mom is shocked by how good I am and I'm like "Duh mom, it's kind of in my blood!"
    I just found your channel today and subscribed! You're awesome!

  • Also, don't be afraid to cannibalize things you already have. Sometimes minor changes or embellishments to a garment are all it takes to bring new life to it. If you don't wear it, do something with it or get rid of it.

  • Nothing worth having in most thrift stores outside urban areas 😒

  • It's like YouTube read my mind and you popped up. I'm getting ready to go thrift shopping for fabric. I go a couple of times a month then turn my finds into beautiful bags, totes and organizers to sell at the Farmer's Market in my village.

    Happy thrifting!
    Happy Sewing!!

  • I love that you added in estate sales in this video! I find such amazing things at estate sales and they practically give patterns away when you go to the right ones. I hit the jackpot once when I went to an estate sale and the person was a seamstress.

  • Hi I like to learn to stitch please tell me where get it am from Sri Lanka god bless you

  • Thank you

  • Honestly? Bless you

  • I love "Op" shopping, you can find all sorts of goodies, I've found paper patterns, all manner of bits and bobs, really exy fabrics, curtains can be handy too, especially the heavier drapery type. Saly's and Vinnies are both pretty good sources, but Lifeline and Smith Family are great too. I'm an equal opportunity op shopper. 🙂

  • If you really like crochet its a cute way to give baby gifts. I make blankets for all my friends for free. I also find the moms favorite body oil sent and give it to put on the blanket so they baby always has momma near

  • The problem with these kinds of channels is, you cant really make merchandise if you ever want to expand your business… On YouTube….

  • Omg sheets for fabric is such a great idea! My dad just got me some fabric but I'm super new to sewing. I haven't wanted to use the fabrics to practice with for fear of messing them up. I'm super late but thanks for the video 😊

  • I just scored several 100% linen tablecloths!

  • Another great place to look at fabric stores is in their remnant bin.

  • pillows and bedsheets are 1000000% the BEST way to get fabrics, esp pillows for when you need a small amount of a specific fabric

  • Walmart has really cheap cloth it’s not all that high of quality but it’s good for starting out

  • where do you buy your yarn? i want to use natural fibers but i can’t find any at a craft store, and i don’t want anything too expensive.

  • I love sewing i have done basic sewing course even i provide alteration service to people. The special day of my life was when my husband gifted me Usha Janome Wonder Stitch. It has been a year wid her and i just love her💕 and u r right that if sewing is my kind of thing for peeps who love to sew then they should spend their money very firstly on a good sewing machine.

  • Here in the US, I like to sign up for eMail/text/mail coupons, and keep a list of things I want to buy at the craft stores, so I have an intention when I shop. (I don't go near Joann's without a 60% off coupon! 😁) Also, our thrift stores here–like Goodwill–have a 'color of the week' that's 50% off. If a sheet has a tear, they also discount it for you!

  • I got close to 20 yards of different fabrics and some notions at an estate sale for $5. The dearly departed had been a seamstress and quilter. I've also gotten nice pieces of fabric at Goodwill. I got 5 yards of embroidered denim for $6, and made a jacket from it, and later saw the same fabric at Jo Ann's for $14/yard.

  • On the good sowing machine.. YES!!
    My mom bought a Pfaff machine.. 27 years ago..
    She recently bought a new, the old one is struggling with specific stitch settings.. but the machine is still working
    I inherited it, its soooo good (till I can save up for my own new)

  • Really helpful

  • Charity shops and car boot sale or flea markets, for cheap/inexpensive fabric, bed sheets and such like as well as books or old magazines in the UK or other countries.

  • In Vancouver Canada even the thrift stores are expensive. Bunch of ugly smelly things for over $20, no thanks!

  • I didn't know the teacup dress was your first tutorial, but I really like that fact because that video is what drew my attention to your channel and that was in 2015! It was the first clothing item I ever sewed on my own and I'm still proud of it, the tutorial was amazing, thank you! 😊

  • we don't quite have thrift stores here (malaysia) but we haves tons of reject shops with clothing that hasn't been sold due to wears and tears etc.

    there's a bargain basement in putrajaya and you might find some good stuff there !

  • I buy my fabrics from vinnies (Australian thrift store)

  • Ikr!! Lincraft and Spotlight have absolutely ridiculous prices!! Thanks for the tips <3

  • I also like getting sewing magazines sometimes, because they normally have a ton of patterns and projects, and lots of tips throughout, and they normally don't cost more than 5€

  • I let everyone know i love sewing then i got bored so everyone think iam losr now 🗡️😞

  • I. Just found you and am definitely a new sub. Also new at sewing. I can't wait to Check out the links thanks

  • Michael's is definitely a place! We have them in Canada, although they have very little fabric, at least at mine. I get my fabric mostly at len's mill store, they're super inexpensive and there's one every 2 hours or so, at least in SW Ontario.

  • ”I'm pretty sure I saw this girl on Instagram recently!” 😂

  • i have an old Coronado sewing machine and its great. i just cleaned it up and oiled it and she works like a new one. has fashion discs foor embroidery and i wasgiven an old singer it turns out it was one of the first models that singer made with the zigzag stitch or as it calls it the swing needle. how cool is that, i love both of these beauties.

  • A way to save on patterns is to make your own using clothes you already wear and alter the pattern as desired. I made my first jacket this way and it fits perfectly.

  • Future annika did do a really good job in post production 🙂

  • I have been very disappointed lately with places like Joanns because sewing has suddenly become such an expensive hobby so this video was very helpful. I hope one day fabric stores can come back down in price but who knows. Thanks for your tips!

  • I have been crocheting for a few years; now I am learning to sew.

  • I just thrifted a vintage Japanese Frister and Rossman from the 70's for $25! Looking forward to using it to help me learn to sew. Thrift stores are absolutely great for fabrics too! 🙂

  • I bought a basic sewing machine for $60 on gumtree. I started adding to my original clothes by cutting out flowers from sheets and pillowcases. Then I got a lot of scarves from the op shop and added them to my clothes. Tonight I made a psir of pants from a sheet and trimmed with a pillowcase. I also pick up fabric from spotlight $5 mtr bin. I have had successes & failures. Mostly because I used a stretch pair of pant/skirt/top as a pattern but the sheet wasn't stretch fabric.

  • ☺👍 If anyone has a Walmart then their fabric needs are solved! They have white or light blue cotton sheet SETS (so you get flat sheet, fitted sheet, and a pillowcase) for only $7, or they have pretty patterned flat sheets for just $5. I've even bought a set of silky microfiber sheets and made an entire pajama set for myself, including a full length robe, a babydoll nighty, and a tank top and shorts set! Accented it all with some black lace and it came out better than any set I could have ever found for just the $15 it cost for the fabric, I mean, sheets! 😁👍

  • I know this was almost a year ago, but thanks for the video! I am slowly (very slowly) but surely, adding sewing into my hobby repertoire and having resources that come from someone who has been there and done that, really helps to navigate this ocean of a sewing world.

  • Hey I've watched you for a long ass time always wanting to be like that crafty bitch that does the full outfits like by herself and I started sewing like scrunchies and shit and ohhh my god!!! I never knew how helpful your videos were to sewers!!! I love you!!! Thank you for being you!!!

  • Aliexpress is good for fabrics. Just make sure you search for it with the size in cm so you dont get ripped off :p

  • When i was 10 i started making pillows. My grandma bought me a mini sewing machine :p later on when i wasnt really into much aside from video games and moved to florida. My auntie gave me the sewing machine that i think my great aunt had? Idk if shes a great aunt or not. Shes was my grandmas sister. Not sure how the whole great great things works. Anyways my auntie gave me the sewing machine that was given to her because she didnt sew and now i have a brother LS-2125 sewing machine to use whenever. And im just gettong back into sewing now :p

  • Love all your tips and videos! Thank you! I suffered from occasional migraines, kept a food dairy and now avoid foods like pineapple, or food/drink that contain enzymes. Recently I began developing eye problems and headaches, I am also light sensitive. Too much blue light exposure caused "fry eye" Make sure all your blue light filters are on and maybe your eye doc can prescribe some computer glasses. A filter in your work light can help too. I use the yellow tinted glasses when I sew or work or watch tv. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Sewing Tip: Learn basic pattern-making and boost your garment construction skills. Most major company patterns are not fitted for individual measurements. I found that making a personal fitted shell or a sloper helps when making clothes and visually altering patterns to see what needs tweaking. Also knowing how to make a pattern can help you duplicate clothes you like & are well fitted. Construction helps make clothing last longer and appear less cheap looking.

  • My mom gave me a used sewing machine as a wedding present. I'm so happy with it.

  • There's a shop that sort of sells everything in my country called Boyes and it sells everything from art stuff to garden stuff to makeup to homeward etc. It also has a haberdashery where there's brand new fabric for about £2 a metre. I used some to make a half circle skirt from one of your tutorials.

  • My first machine was a $50 one that was brand new :] he was ole reliable but I've gotten a better one from the recycling center for freeee

  • Looking back on old styles of clothing they are basically the same as today

  • Great video! I love that you shared thrift store fabric/clothes upcycling for fabric!! Even as an intermediate seamstress of 13 years I still like to go thrifting for fabric along with buying from Joann’s and online customs fabrics. Also, I’m glad you shared not all budget friendly machines are “cheaply made and functioning”. The first sewing machine my mom bought me after a few months of my first year of sewing and home economics in HS was an expensive singer sewing machine (about $500) that was TERRIBLE! I tried to use it for a month but nothing but problems, so we took it back for an exchange but the new one did the same so it wound up sitting in the closet until we just recently trashed it (I can’t remember why we didn’t return it, I think I didn’t want to hurt her feelings) So I wound up staying after high school late every day to use the home economics sewing machines for four years. Then, I wound up buying a cheaper brother sewing machine for about $50 USD out of HS and used it for about 10 years and it STILL works, the only reason I recently bought a new brother sewing machine was because I wanted a “newer” machine. I only payed $70 for it and it is AMAZING! I can get through extremely thick fabrics and many layers, clothes, cloth pads, thick quilts, EVERYTHING! I also recently bought another “cheap” brother sewing machine for my mom, this one is originally $150 but it was on clearance for $50 because it was an older model about 3 years old, but it can self thread, a very bright light and more stitches and options than my new $70 and it sews amazing and is very beginner friendly just like my other two brothers…it’s a shame because these brother machines are budget friendly many people don’t think they work but it is very untrue. I think the best machine for a beginner is a basic turn knob style 17 stitch machine for under $80, or to buy a good used machine under $50, or just borrow one from a family or friend, or if your HS or College has a sewing room with open hours after classes then use the sewing lab for your first year or so.

  • Thank you. I have just got back into sewing after 30 years, so advice from people willing to share is just awesome.

  • I told my mum that I'd been watching sewing tutorials on YouTube and she just happened to have seen that ALDI were having a Janome sewing machine for $99 the following week. So I bought one and have been experimenting. A few friends have given me some tips, plus YouTube channels like yours have been extremely valuable.
    One piece of luck for me was that I'm transgender. When I transitioned, some of my old male clothes went into my storage locker. No idea why I kept some of it. Stuff like t-shirts I figured were unisex so I probably thought I could still wear those at some point, but I kept old pajamas and boxer shorts. Add to that the female clothes that I bought early in transition when I was too nervous to go and try anything on in shops, so I have a few things that didn't quite fit as well. So I'm using these bits of fabric to make my first attempts at sewing. I started small, just practicing, then I did a repair job on a leotard that had a threadbare section on the back. It looks rough and punky, but it'd kinda suits my style too. Then I used an old pair of pajama pants to make a skirt. It's not perfect, but it's comfortable to wear around the house. Not sure I'd wear it out anywhere, maybe just down to the local shops or something, but it was fun and I learned a lot from making it.

  • I thrifted around 70 pounds of fabric (at least a couple dozen yards of all different kinds – 2 GIANT yard waste bags full) and a bunch of zips/notions for $17.25 No idea what I'm going to do with all of it, but yay!

  • I stole a not so cut off muslin scrap from our school’s fabric bin & I totally don’t regret it

  • I bought my daughter a starter brother's sewing machine a couple of years ago. She is practicing and I started using her machine and now I am hooked everyone that I see now, with a problem with there clothes I yell out I CAN FIX THAT. lol

  • When you score a good old style singer for $10!! 🙌🏼😂 haven’t even started any projects yet and I’m a beginner BUT I could definitely not pass that up!

  • σοβαρά θεωρώ ότι μιλάς παραπάνω από ότι χρειάζεται…

  • I was in the thrift store the other day and did look at Donna covers for dress making……I shall certainly look out for that perfect design

  • I found a fabric at Walmart in the clearance section, 2 yards for 2 dollars.

  • Regarding good old sewing machines: I have a sewing machine from "White Consolidated Industries" that was used in home ec classes somewhere between mid 60s and mid 80s, and it works amazingly! Got it from a yard sale for $10 (I think the former owner was a home ec teacher). WCI no longer exists unfortunately, but I highly recommend sewing machines that were used in home ec classes because they are simple and sturdy.

  • Just want you to know that you and your channel are the reason im getting into sewing my own clothes.
    Also Joanns has cheap fabric compared to most fabric places

    AND i reccommend a $300 necchi on amazon (same company as janome) as a great machine for beginner-intermediate (If you know how to sew a little bit like me its amazing)

  • Watching this gave me the idea of making somethign from my wedding dress im so slow lol

  • The estate sale/garage sale would also work for acquiring a sewing machine!

  • I'm using my moms olds sewing machine….It has straight stitches and 4 different widths of zig zag… Stitch length and needle position. That's all the settings… All of them.

  • my great grandpa died earlier this year and they had an estate sale and after that they had me and my mom come (we originally only went for the outdoor furniture because I adore it) but my gran (who died a very long time ago) had a very big heavy set sewing table and my grans friend who moved in to take care of my grandpa after my gran died had brought her own sewing table that was smaller and they let me take one of the sewing tables and anything in both of them. So i got a sewing table with a sewing machine that's 51 years old that works perfectly as far as I've seen so far. I'm excited to learn more about sewing and start making things.

  • about investing in machine: i just got into sewing very recently but im very excited bc everything turns out fine so far thanks to my mom investing in a great sewing machine even before i was born. its probably about 20 years old now but still works smoothly!!!

  • Which is your favourite thrift store in Sydney? 🙂

  • I just got my sewing machine yesterday. Originally to alter my nursing uniforms, but now I want to make it my hobby. New subscriber!!!

  • I found a Bernina 1130 (1980s machine) on a rummage/estate for $30…cleaned her up and she purrs along beautifully. The best starter machine I could have hoped for.

  • “Whoever dies with the most fabric, wins.” -my grandma.

  • This video is gold! Thank you!

  • Did you make your hat? I love it! Is it knitted or crocheted?

  • Love old handicrafts books! They're a treasure trove of information 🙂

  • Michaels is an art/craft supply store, i've never seen fabric there.

  • I love that pink and white dress @2:34. Is there a tutorial for it????? Or did is it similar to one of the other tutorials????

  • I mean.. The thumbnail kinda threw me off but I do love the tips in the vid and the lighting was perfect. Thank you😊

  • My great aunt used to sew. So she gave some materials and books from her sewing supplies.

  • I always go to the remnants section of the fabric store and I get a lot of fabric for cheap. It’s hit or miss but I’ve been pretty lucky

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