When I said I was starting out as a Newbie, I truly meant it. I don't even have scissors, thread, rulers or pins! The only reason I have a sewing machine (with embroidery feature) is I received it for Christmas :->. It's a Brother SE-400, which is a nice starting machine. Nothing ritzy, but it will do the jobs I want to do. Auto needle threader, manual speed & control without having to always use the peddle (my feet lack feeling), up to 4"x6" embroidery with the large hoop accessory, and free motion sewing. Oh, and connection to a computer! My inner-Geek is soothed...
I have been investigating and comparing the prices of tools and notions, but keep wondering: Do I really need this? Should I absolutely have that? Hmmmmm. That looks like a waste of money. I think you see my problem. I haven't done machine sewing or embroidery, or quilting, or crafts of any type in 30 years, so what do I know? Nada.
Here is the topic up for discussion:
(1) The well-stocked space for machine quilting and machine embroidery
If you were setting up a new sewing/quilting/crafting room for a friend, knowing what you know now, what would you absolutely have to have, what would be a waste of money (I'm sure you have some of those items gathering dust, as do we all), and what is not required to start, but great to have?
Think of stabilizers, rulers, mats, rotary cutters, sizes, scissors/clippers, types of thread, books, marking tools, brands, holders & containers, wall storage & uses, anything and everything.
Oh, I just remembered that I do have freezer paper and ziplocs. Woohoo!
(2) Where do I spend my limited resources
Where are the best deals? Is there a time of year that has the best sales? Think of both in-store and on-line places.
What are your favorite resources, links, blogs, and fun-to-walk/click-around-and-see-what's-new places? I've clicked on so many links lately, my mind is clogged with useless information, I'm sure.
Have fun everyone! I know I'm asking a lot, but we newbies need your expertise! My primary crafts will be digital photo fun, quilting, and embroidery.
See the photo of the current junk/computer room? LOL. What a disorganized mess! ;-)
Oh, my gosh. Look at the resources offer by Dritz! Just what I ordered. Hope these are of use to other Newbies!
The first things i got when i thought of taking up quilting was a cutting mat, rotary cutter (45mm/medium size) & a ruler, the mat was 18 x24 & the ruler was 6 x 24 these i feel are needed more than anything else of course you can get smaller or larger items, myself i would if starting out again go for a larger cutting mat as i since got one
Also a good selection of threads i use 1 or 2 basic threads for sewing blocks together they are same type just different colours I have since also got more coloured threads some of which is machine embroidery which i got for a good price off eBay
I would also say look in your library or online & get a good resource book i had one given to me & it great especially for me as most patterns ect are USA & what you call one thing we may call another.
A good start to the quilting world would be to do some pot holders (we call hot pads) you can get a book or if you go to e-pattern central they do a book you can buy & download but if you want to print it all off it takes some paper so shop around you may find one cheaper that is a hard copy
With this book you can do blocks but in small items to practice more without going too much in to a project so it will finish quicker & you can see your work also these make good presents
It took me about 2 years after buying my mat ect before i actually did any part of it was we decided to move so it got packed away then when we arrived here i started buying supplies so i had them before i started
I got a lot of Fat Quarters which was fine especially if your doing small projects but can be a pain when you have a fabric you love in there & you don't have enough to do a larger project but they do come in very useful
I hope this helps