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Read the Directions First (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: GorgeousFabrics
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Posted on: 7/4/03 1:43 PM
It's always a good idea to read the directions through at least once before making a new pattern. Okay, this sounds obvious, but every once in a while the obvious escapes me.

This one caught me today when I was making a purse. I didn't bother to read the directions ("Hey, I'm an 'advanced' sewer, so I don't need no stinking directions!"), and because of that, I left out one crucial step! Fortunately, I realized it quickly, went back and checked the directions and fixed my mistake. Two lessons that I took away from this: 1 - read the directions (hence this tip :) ), and 2 - don't get cocky!

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Karla Kizer said...
("Hey, I'm an 'advanced' sewer, so I don't need no stinking directions!") LOL, Ann. Guilty as charged....although I have learned that sometimes it pays to read the directions because it will inspire a better way of doing something. THEN you can ignore the "stinkin' directions".
7/6/03 8:07 PM
SouthernStitch said...
I agree. Even though I am an intermediate sewer, I always always read the directions first. You just never know.....
7/7/03 3:24 PM
sewcrazywith4 said...
I have blown this many times and because of this I still am holding "beginner" status!
7/31/03 6:41 PM
jb said...
Gorgeous Things: Thanks for the wake-up call. You are so right. Sometimes you need to read them more than once :) JB
8/16/03 11:15 PM
DorrieBelle said...
As a rank amateur sewer, I read the directions until they make sense ! Often this does require numerous readings and a bit of time away from the project. It's nice to hear more advanced folks gotta read 'em too !
9/7/03 7:55 PM
Rossy said...
I call it study the pattern and directions. I separate my pattern pieces as I watch TV so that it doesn't seem like a task and I study the directions also as I watched TV during the commercial breaks, this way when I attack the project I am ready for it without minor instruction interruction.
3/9/04 3:20 PM
priscilla said...
I agree about reading the directions at least once before beginning. It's just good prep work. What is that saying measure twice cut once...... ask me how I know. They say you learn best from your mistakes and I've definitely made more then a few. :O)
11/17/05 6:15 AM
idy said...
great though but im really stocked up on making a pant that problem's with crotch.can u help please?
6/1/07 3:02 AM

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