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If the women at my workplace do not know of anyone, I might bite the bullet and buy a sewing machine and learn how to do it. I figure it will be a worthwhile investment. My trousers always need hemming and my buttons always fall off so it is a good skill to have, and what better way to get motivated to learn than when you need something done, right?
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If you are buying a sewing machine, check out the Lidl stores - they had a Singer ( good brand, been around for over 100 years) model in last week for 199chf.
But, trousers should not have the stitches shown at the hem of the legs - they should be hand sewn. Buttons are also very easy to hand sew ( my son learnt to do that for a scout badge when he was 8.) and a cheap sewing machine may not have that function anyway.
The curtains? Hhhhmmm, pins, a needle and thread is how I was taught to do them - again to not have any stitches showing. Ideally the first fold would be done by machine, then a second fold for the hand stitching.
1. Buy the correct colour thread and needles from Migros.
2. You CAN cut off the few cm in a straight line. Of course you can - a ruler and chalk for marking it first.
3. Then make a small fold - approx 1 cm. Iron that. - You can iron? Yes, you can. :-)
4.Then make another pinned fold to get the finished length. Pin, then iron that flat as well.
5. Now comes the not so absolutely simple part of sewing the hem. This is where, is you have never sewn before, and lack problem solving abilities, ( you don't . Not really. ) you ask a colleague to demonstrate the stiching on a scrap that you have cut off. Then, to quote, "just do it."
Hang the curtains and invite guests around. They will be so impressed with your new found skills.
Buttons: Aaah, that is your next lesson. Let us know when you are ready for it.