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Date: 7/11/13 9:11 AM

I have learned a lot lately. I have learned the importance of measuring the pattern to make sure it has the ease or length I want. After ending up with garments that are too loose, I concentrate more on the finished size. I have also learned to look for a pattern that offers a C cup as I am not going to do a FBA. Just wondering, what are some of the things y'all have learned the past few months?

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Date: 7/11/13 10:21 AM

This is a great question and something I've been thinking about lately. I've learned tons, but mostly because I have been actively sewing and asking specific to the task questions (and getting answers, ta). All the time I read and watch videos I am accumulating knowledge but I think I don't really *learn* it until I've practised it.

First to mind are...
Realise my size and match the pattern to me
Not to create beautifully finished flat felled seams until it's been fitted, especially side seams with multiple pockets (2477) :(
Ripping out stitching is OK
To really tinker with tensions until they are just right for the project
Fit, fit, fit

Specific skills? Invisible zips(2), blind hem (2), facings(2) and understitching(1).

And I've started to try to let the fabric tell me what it wants to be or do, instead of making it be something when it really doesn't want to. It's hard LOL

and loads more....

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Date: 7/11/13 10:46 AM

What did I learn so far this month? Invisible thread is not all what it is cracked up to be. I was going to hem some RTW shorts and the thread kept snapping in the machine. Should it not be used for machine sewing?

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Date: 7/11/13 1:32 PM

This seems to be my month for binding. I have been making tons, in different sizes and from different fabrics, and binding more things than ever before, and experimenting with various techniques. But I guess the biggest thing I've learned is... apparently I LOVE BINDING! Who knew?! And all this time I've been so intimidated by it. :D

I'm also experimenting with a totally different branch of costuming than I've ever been interested in before... but since I'm still in the research stage, I'm not sure I can confidently report that the lessons have stuck! At the moment I'm learning a lot about feathers. :b

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Date: 7/11/13 1:38 PM

This month? My child is smaller then I think she is.

My hands are faster then I thought and I can catch 3 things at once (fabric, iron and board) when a child wants the fabric.

Challis, charmuese, georgette and chiffon can and do make children's clothing, and can hold up reasonably well to a little girl.

Sergers eat fabric when you are about done with the one item you make for yourself.

Craftsy classes on my tablet at midnight will put me to sleep when I watch them in bed.

A pound of pins makes a huge mess on my mother's kitchen floor that takes 3 days to find 99% of them.

Said pound of pins should be kept away from a 30# cat.

Cats will lay on challis while you try to cut it, but not on cotton.

Modesty pants are a must with toddlers and dresses.

I should stay away from OOP sales.

My teenager should keep their sodas off my machine cabinet, or they get grounded.


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Date: 7/11/13 3:17 PM

I have learned that, when applying fasteners such as a hook and eye, it is necessary to check, recheck, triple check to make sure they are on the correct sides of the fabric to be able to be done up.

Yes, I have learned that. Definitely learned that. Once and for all. Right? Please tell me I won't keep making that mistake until I am 100 years old.....

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Date: 7/11/13 4:02 PM

I've learned to make double welt pockets! Yay!

I've learned to stop feeling the *need* to buy, buy, BUY. In 6 months of sewing I've amassed 125 ish patterns and 100 yards or so of fabric stash. I should be sewing.

I've learned that I hate ripping stitches but that I don't have to as long as I have loose change/bills and a perfectionist 15 year old. She unpicks the stitches AND removes all the stray threads for $1!!!! SUCH a bargain! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/11/13 4:19 PM

I have learned that my prewash preparation should take into account two extra factors.

Progressive shrinking. After measuring and weighing fabrics, I agree with PR members that recommend a three times over prewash regimen.

Prewashing based on the highest temperature of my cold tap water during the hottest time of the year. If your cold water runs warm or hot during the heat of the summer get a temperature reading to help select prewash preparation temperature settings on anything that you will wash in the summertime (winter for some folks).

This article has temperature settings that will help. Last week I checked my cold tap water in the afternoon. It was 122F, almost hot enough for the hot water setting. With the increasing temperatures, very soon everything I wash will be getting washed in hot water no matter what the machine setting is.
Choose the Correct Water Temperature

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Date: 7/11/13 5:14 PM

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I've learned that I hate ripping stitches but that I don't have to as long as I have loose change/bills and a perfectionist 15 year old. She unpicks the stitches AND removes all the stray threads for $1!!!! SUCH a bargain! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that is just unfair!!
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Date: 7/11/13 6:39 PM

I learned that I really do need to be consistent with sewing on a fairly daily basis for a couple of reasons. 1) I get better at sewing with practice. 2) I don't forget where I left off in my pattern. 3) I get more projects done.

I have been learning how to make some 18" doll clothes and using my imagination and being creative. It's been fun.

I also learned how to do really nice buttonholes on my sm. Yay! Also, I am finally figuring out how to adjust a pattern for my dd's wide shoulders. I didn't even realize that she had them until reading about how to tell if you do have wide shoulders on a blog. I felt my confidence being built - and my skills grow - as I figured out how to make the adjustment via the blog and my trusty RD sewing book.

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