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Posted on: 12/6/04 3:37 PM
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This is a tip for those who (like myself) are organizationally challenged. It took me twenty years to think of this, but it's the sort of thing that many people probably do without thinking . Are you ready?
WHEN YOU FOLD UP YOUR PATTERN PIECES FOR STORAGE, ALWAYS MAKE EACH FOLD SO THAT THE WORDS WHICH IDENTIFY THE PIECE (E.G. 'SLEEVE,') ARE STILL FACING UP.
That way, when you forget a marking, or need for some other reason to go back and look at a certain pattern piece, you don't have to spend time unfolding and refolding a piece that turns out not to have been the one you wanted. You can already see which one is the one you wanted, because the identifying word is still visible; it's not hidden by having been folded into the interior.
This silly tip has actually saved me more minutes than I'd like to admit.

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chick3y said... (12/8/05 5:22 PM) Reply
i'm probably over-organized but- I always put the pattern pieces in numerical order so that I can easily locate which pieces to cut out for a particular problem. I got tired of digging through 36 pieces for that one elusive piece :)
inkyannie said... (10/18/05 0:22 AM) Reply
What a great idea! I never would have thought of it. I never get through a project without going back to at least one pattern piece. This will be a real time saver. Thanks!
ANGEL STARR said... (8/18/05 9:15 AM) Reply
very good tip - sure will save me time.
Shelai said... (4/6/05 1:45 PM) Reply
I guess I had it backwards--I often scribble "sleeve!" etc. in marker on whichever part ends up on top after folding. Maybe I'll save a few seconds your way. Thanks.
Carolankr said... (1/1/05 10:20 AM) Reply
love it!
pandoula said... (12/9/04 2:56 PM) Reply
Great idea! I'm just getting back into sewing (at 49!!!) And this tip is NOT silly. Thank you for posting what some may think of as "too simple" Life really is in the details, isn't it?
Sherril Miller said... (12/7/04 6:53 PM) Reply
You mean I don't HAVE to fold my pieces back on the very folds the manufacturer used? Great tip, thanks.
PVA said... (12/7/04 11:17 AM) Reply
I sure didn't think of this, & I've been sewing more years than I want to admit! (8^D) It's never too late, thank Heaven!
Annette H said... (12/7/04 4:57 AM) Reply
It seems so obvious, but no, I hadn't thought of it --- thanks!
sewfan said... (12/6/04 8:05 PM) Reply
Great idea! Can't tell you how many times I have folded and unfolded pattern pieces looking for a particular piece.
kempcor said... (12/6/04 7:03 PM) Reply
Very good idea -- and I hadn't previously thought about it either. I can see where it would save time as well as frustration.
Mary Stiefer said... (12/6/04 5:26 PM) Reply
I don't think it's a silly tip. I'm sure not everyone has thought of it - I know I didn't. Thanks for the tip.
 
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