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Lost a ton of weight, clothes don't fit anymore. Should I learn to do my own alterations or buy new clothes?

I've lost a lot of weight in the past year and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8. After a few years of thinking it was just a metabolism/getting older thing, my doctor recently discovered my weight gain was caused by the beginning stages of hypothyroidism. (I ballooned 47 lbs. in a year and half.) After I started taking medication (and increasing my workouts,) the weight started dropping off. I was a size 4 before all the gain, so it's possible I might lose more. I have a lot of nice clothes that don't fit me anymore. Some pieces are really nice designer items and I'd like to keep them and protect my investment in them. Alterations are expensive, and buying new clothes isn't cheap, either. Is it worth it to learn how to sew and do my own alterations? Before I invest in a sewing machine and some classes, I want to know if this plan is doable. I know nothing about sewing, so is taking in clothes something that's complex and should be left to the professionals?
posted by matrushka on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Sewing machine vibrations and Computer hard drives.

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me make a Dirndl?

Where can I find a pattern for a modern dirndl-style summer dress? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me to efficiently and accurately search for a piece of cord!

My favorite ratty old coat is away at the tailor being freshened up. I need to order some replacement parts to give the man who's fixing my beloved outerwear, but I don't know what to call these parts when I'm googling for shopping options. I need help efficiently and accurately searching for a piece of cord with which to re-affix the fasteners to my coat. [more inside]
posted by treefort on Mar 19, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best way to hem a stack of fat quarters?

Is there a simpler way to sew a hem than how I'm doing it now? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Please help me identify this fabric

Please help me identify this fabric. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

What color thread should I use for quilting?

What color thread should I use to quilt this quilt? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Put my sewing machine through its paces!

I'm a relatively new sewer and just got my first good sewing machine. It's a Brother CS6000i. Before I get started on the various projects that I've been waiting to do since my old machine broke, I want to get to know the machine well. I've read the manual. Now, what should I do to put it through its paces? Give me your idea of an afternoon of sewing machine boot camp.
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Basic (as in, no bells and whistles) sewing machine recommendations for a beginner...

Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Sewing machine service vs. upgrading?

Sewing machine issues: should I go for a service, or upgrade to a better model? [more inside]
posted by robintw on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Making a set of leather armor from absolute scratch

I want to make a set of armor out of leather. Where on earth do I start? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Guidance for buying a used sewing machine?

Shopping for a used sewing machine - what should I check for, and what questions should I ask before buying? [more inside]
posted by gg on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

DIY gone maybe a bit overboard?

I have two wing chairs, unfortunately expensive taste in upholstery, and a desire for a long-term project. Can this work? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 answers

I swear we were born into the wrong generation.

[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 5, 2012 - 37 answers

Craft ideas for plain scrap fabric

Looking for uses for small scraps of plain (not particularly pretty) fabric. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Dec 23, 2011 - 16 answers

The World's Best Pins

My wife has requested sewing pins for Christmas. Please help me find the world's very best sewing pins! [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Do new and hip fleece patterns exist?

DIY Holiday Gifts: I love sewing easy projects with fleece, but hate how all the patterns out there are stuck in the 80s. Help me find some more hip, updated and/or useful patterns! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Nov 28, 2011 - 17 answers

What to give the seamstress who has everything?

What's a super fancy thing to buy the seamstress in your life? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 25, 2011 - 30 answers

How do I alter the sleeves on a sweater?

I have a long sleeved hot pink sweater that is kind of marmish looking. I think it could be made kickier with short sleeves, though. How would I go about altering it? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Practical assistance with sewing trouser lining

I have a couple new pairs of black dress trousers and would like to keep them hole-free as long as possible. I need some practical assistance on the subject of sewing a lining into the crotch area. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Oct 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Witty Cross-Stitch Won't Cut It

New Hobby; Need Help. Colorful bead art like the pieces that Mardi Gras Indians wear... how to learn? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Sewing Links for Home Decor/Pattern projects

Sewing and Curtains [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Oct 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I repair or disguise tiny holes in wool gabardine?

How can I repair or disguise small holes and tears in wool gabardine (skirts)? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Please fix this bear's coat. Thank you.

The leather-thing holding it on snapped and one of the toggles has come off my duffle-coat. I have the toggle itself, and I have acquired some spare leather-things, but I'm not sure of the best way to re-attach. I don't have a sewing machine, and I don't think I know anyone who does. I have discovered that a thing called 'Fabric glue' exists, but is it any better than superglue? Will superglue work on wool/leather? I could put a few hand-stitches, but the thickness of both bits of material make me think that I might not be able to do a very good job. [more inside]
posted by gregjones on Sep 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Repairing a tear in crepe silk

I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Sep 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses!

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses! Please help with advice for altering a knitted dress. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Sep 21, 2011 - 16 answers

I want to be in stitches!

Sewingfilter: Hand sewing versus machine sewing, and what stitches to use? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Sep 12, 2011 - 13 answers

This tension is making me sew angry!

New sewing machine rawr! I am trying to take in my pants, but I can't get the correct tension no matter what I do! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Help Me Make My Dream Laptop Cover

How can I find a pattern to sew my dream laptop case? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I mend these torn garment linings?

Small tears in the linings of wool coats and dress-pants. How can I go about mending these in a functional (but not necessarily pretty) fashion? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 23, 2011 - 4 answers

So, can my suit be sewn?

I bought a suit a few months ago and I just discovered it has a hole in the sleeve. Is this something that can possibly be fixed? If yes, who should I take it to in NYC? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Sewing Machine Recommendatio Needed

I am looking for a good sewing machine brand/model to start sewing with. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Sweet dreams of luscious linen

Calling all fabric experts: I'm shopping online for a specific type of fabric, probably linen or a blend thereof. I want to make my own scrumptious bedsheets. Bedlinens. [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

How much can women’s clothes be altered?

How much can women’s clothes be altered? [more inside]
posted by IHeartWallabies on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

How strong does a magnet have to be to erase an iPod?

Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 19, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I find pretty fabric online?

How can I find the fabric that was used to make a dress being sold in a high street store? It's light blue with a pattern of a white cat playing with yarn. [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How to turn hobby (dressmaking) into business, and is it a good idea?

Advice on turning a hobby (dressmaking) into a business/career for a recent graduate [more inside]
posted by robintw on May 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Where does the pollen go?

I rather like this 1940s reproduction dress. However, although it fits everywhere else it doesn't on the bust. Are there any similar patterns or adaptable patterns out there? [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 3, 2011 - 12 answers

blergh! the only hitch in my moving day

People suck! while moving, i left my gorgeou 1930s sofa unattended for a tiny bit and someone slashed it up with a boxcutter. How should I sew it in order to mend it? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on May 2, 2011 - 8 answers

What's a great sewing class for this summer???

For sewing/textile geeks out there: My summer just opened up and I have the time and financial resources to take an awesome class somewhere in something. Any recommendations??? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Apr 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a sewing pattern to match the USA Women's World Cup uniforms

I would like to find a sewing pattern to make a shirt as close to this as possible. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Apr 13, 2011 - 3 answers

women's pants pockets

Women's pants - easy way to increase hand pocket size, and add side pockets? [more inside]
posted by mbird on Apr 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Help my dress fit like a dream!

I've made a dress. It doesn't fit. Do I need to take the whole thing apart, re-cut and sew back together, or can I alter it another way? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Does it make sense to get a sewing machine for jeans alterations?

How realistic is it to learn to do my own alterations, specifically to jeans and other pants? My pants usually need alterations to fit right -- hemming and taking in the waist -- and I am tired of paying to alter every pair I buy, especially since my weight fluctuates so the alteration doesn't usually stay perfect for long. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Mar 9, 2011 - 14 answers

How hard is it to learn to sew?

How hard is it to learn to sew? Also looking for your favorite sewing resources (books, blogs, fabric & supply websites, etc). [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 6, 2011 - 30 answers

Women's duffle coat sewing pattern?

Where can I find a sewing pattern for a women's duffle coat? [more inside]
posted by pajamazon on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Belt piracy.

I want to make this belt. Help? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 1, 2011 - 12 answers

How to sew my own clothes in Tucson?

Where can I learn to sew in Tucson? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Stitch storage

How do you safely store embroideries and precious fabric? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 18, 2011 - 6 answers

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