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Sewing In The Barn Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of sewing machine should I buy to start with for learning to sew?

I just bought a new sewing machine. I have never sewed anything before, where should I start?  Beginner Videos here:

What is the difference between Tailor's chalk and regular school chalk?
Do you need a serger?
What is the difference between a Serger and a Coverstitch machine?

Why does my Brother sewing machine bobbin keep wadding up?

Brother sewing machines take a special bobbin to work correctly - they are Bobbin# SA156 available for about $5.00/pkg of 8 bobbins at Walmart of Amazon and other places that carry Brother sewing machines. Your Brother sewing machine will work like a dream if you use the correct ones for your model.

Where can I get thread for my sewing machine or serger?

What kind of oil do I use for my sewing machine or serger?

Singer Sewing Machine oil is specially made for lubrication of sewing machines and sergers of all brands.  Do not use any other type or weight of oil on your machines as this will ruin the machine.


My thread is creating birds nests - what can I do?


Where can I find free sewing patterns?


I only have Fat Quarters to work with as I am learning to sew. Where can I find Fat Quarter patterns and projects?


How do you hem a circular skirt evenly?

MakeItSew: What do I need to take with me to class? 


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