Oct 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm #1294805
Please excuse me if this subject has been beaten to death before but what are some simple projects for a beginner who does not have a sewing machine? I'm hoping for suggestions of things that could be hand sewn..Oct 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm #1919241
I just noticed this at thru-hiker – use machine needle for hand sewing:
You could make a hat or gloves out of fleece – not too much sewingOct 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm #1919302
Larger things, like a bivy, are simple enough to sew by hand but would take forever.
Mittens (there is a great pattern on thru-hiker), beanie, buff, stuffsacks, pot/freezerbag cozy (grab a windshield reflector at the dollar store), shoulder strap pockets (like the zpacks one), mosquito head-net, I'm sure there are more.
Don't be intimidated by sewing machines (although I'm not accusing you as such). They can be had for super cheap at thrift stores or pawn shops, and it is super fun to get into.Oct 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm #1919307
"They (sewing machines) can be had for super cheap"
It's not the cost of the sewing machine that's the problem
It's all the fabric and stuff that you buy afterwards : )Oct 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm #1919309
I almost typed "lol" but then I realized that annoys people :) Anyway, I am intimidated by sewing machines, but really, I have spent too much money on gear this year already. So, I'm looking for small projects to keep my hands moving this winter. Also, great to do on planes, etc. when using a machine is not practical. Don't the Eskimos hand sew their clothing? Or they did anyway. If they can, so can I.Oct 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm #1919323
The only thing that worries me about lol is, does it mean "laughing out loud" or "lots of love"?
I believe there was a British politician that used it a lot, thinking it was "lots of love" but then he found out it was "laughing out loud" which made all his posts inappropriate.Oct 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm #1919336
But you see, if you are making your own gear with a sewing machine you are SAVING money, thus making it totally financially responsible.
Or so one would think hahaha
Sewing by hand is completely fine, just takes patience. I made a bunch of chalk bags by hand for rock climbing. I also made a sleeping bag for my dog by hand… he is only 12 lbs, so it didn't take long.
I'm not sure about you getting sewing needles on a plane, let alone knitting needles! But it does keep the hands busy in non-TSA controlled situations :)
I think it was bpl member Matthew Edwards that sewed a tarp by hand, but I might be wrong on the name.Oct 9, 2012 at 5:35 am #1919451
Thanks so sharing your ideas…I have some things to think about now. Sewing a tarp by hand would be fun. I was actually able to take a sewing needle on planes this summer no problem.Oct 9, 2012 at 9:16 am #1919507
Jake DBPL Member
As the boyfriend of a knitter, they are allowed on the plane unless you're going to Europe where it depends where you are going.
hats and scarfs seem to be the most popular "starter" knitting projects. then socks.
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