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StacieG2002

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Date: 7/12/11 9:41 PM

Now that I've been sewing for awhile, I've leanred some simplw ings the hard way and it makes me laugh now.

for example, it took me awhile to learn the my sewing machine wouldn't sew if the presser foot wasn't level and it took me evem longer to figure out that I could simply fold over some scrap fabroc, tuck it under the presser foot, and away I could go.

also, it took me some time to figure out that a seam ripper is well named. If one pushes to fast and too hard, it will, indeed, rip right through the fabric!

Lesson learned!

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Date: 7/27/11 11:54 PM

Ouch on the last one, don't you hate that.

Okay, maybe you're already doing this, when you gather, have you tried marking your half point and quarter points with pins so you can keep your gathers evenly distributed and do you use multiple rows of basting stitches to gather?

My most recent duh has been to realize that I should have been scanning my patterns, back and front, for easy reference. My, current, right now duh is that I should also scan or take pictures of my fabric.

Thanks for making me think about this.

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Date: 7/28/11 0:23 AM

Repeat after me - "I will NOT remember which is the good side and which is the back just from looking at the fabric!" This goes double if you are pregnant, have small children, have pets, are middle aged, are over middle aged, are a teenager, have teenagers, have a demanding job, don't sew often, sew VERY often, have a phone that sometimes rings......

Just mark the darn fabric! With something that won't come off easily. But that won't stay on forever if you don't want it to.

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Date: 7/28/11 0:24 AM

I am right at that point where I *know* some non-beginner techniques, but don't always remember to use them in time. Like remembering to understitch a lining right AFTER I've already attached the skirt to the bodice. Or to trim my SA's after I've just finished them.

Hmm... what else? Deciding I should have starched this fabric after it frays, forgetting to check grain lines until after I've cut... forgetting to make sure both layers of fabric are lined up and the same size I keep telling myself that *someday* these things will come naturally. I hope I'm right!

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Date: 7/28/11 1:57 AM

I put a piece of masking tape on the back side with the pattern piece letter or number on it. When I'm done I just pull them off and no one is the wiser.

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Date: 7/28/11 10:07 AM

Duh, duh, duh.
Too many to mention. Finding out something your machine can do after having it for 10 years, kinda like finding a feature on a car before you sell it. This site has been a real enabler for that, PatternReview needs to publish its own HELP book!

Buying that really cute but hard-to-sew fabric because you wanted to copy a RTW item you could have purchased for $10-20 more.

Not sewing when you are tired and un-motivated, because maybe that sleeve will end up in the neckline or backwards.

Not finishing the last tasks you hate, because it will become old "hoard" in your closet as it goes out of style.

And depressing, realizing the seam ripper has become your most-used tool.

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Date: 7/28/11 12:59 PM

Quote: kso
PatternReview needs to publish its own HELP book!

Your duh moments are really funny!

And...PatternReview has published its own help book...I saw it at Jo-Ann's last week!

BTW...how are your buttonholes?
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Date: 7/28/11 2:43 PM

Company this month-I've been away from the machines...and withdrawal symptoms are setting in!
At least I unloaded some of my grandchild projects on their moms, so now I should be renewed for fall.
I did have to take little Jessie, the doll from Toy Story, to surgery for my GD ("please don't give her a shot!") but that was hand-sewing.

I learned to laugh at sewing mistakes when I was about 6 and my Home Ec teacher mom brought home her HS students' projects, we did see sleeves in necklines and such.

We have a book? Is it described here?

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Date: 7/28/11 3:52 PM

I wish I had a "like" button.

My new duh? No good comes of sewing after 10pm. I think I can sew for another 1/2 hour.....

And then I get to spend the next session fixing my late night mistakes.

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Date: 8/3/11 2:57 AM

Quote: kso

We have a book? Is it described here?

The title is: 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips

The shortcuts and tips are excerpts from PR members' posts.
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