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Date: 1/3/12 1:37 PM

I started sewing about 10 years ago. Roughly around the same time I started PatternReview. Now, when I look back on that time, I realized something. I was fearless! Buttons, zippers, lining, fly front, plackets, I did them all. Nothing scared me. Because I didn't know they were "difficult" things. Now, 10 years later have I become wiser or do I only sew "easy" things? So I am opting for "Fearless Sewing" this year. What about you?

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Date: 1/3/12 1:47 PM

That is a great idea!
Makes me realize that I am a fearful sewist, probably because I am basically a perfectionist.
I am going to adopt your moto- Fearless Sewing in 2012!

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Date: 1/3/12 2:10 PM

Because of this site I've become less fearful. I was SO afraid of linings and thought I'd be crazy to sew my own jeans. Thanks to all of you wonderful and helpful sewists I have done both with no (OK, a little) sweat.

I'm not afraid of getting clothing to fit but it still stumps me on almost every garment. I'm really having fun learning so many new things at this stage of my sewing hobby.
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Date: 1/3/12 2:25 PM

I've been fearless from the very first garment; scraps put together in a sort of square yoked top with vertical scraps in the body of the top. I was 8 and wore the thing all summer. I am self taught with the advantage of never having anyone put restrictions or limitations on what I create.

I am opting to continue to encourage everyone to be 'Fearless' and to also urge parents to encourage 'Fearlessness' in their children who want to learn how to sew.

My 'Fearless' challenges for the year:

Play with leather.

Incorporate specialty sewing feet to speed up techniques that I learned to do without special attachments or accessories.

Maybe take the time to start posting photos to share...............that really depends upon how much time it will take away from sewing.

+Bonus - Illustrate and edit explanation of my concept for fitting pants.

++Bonus - Incorporate more so-called special fabric indulgences into my everyday garments. I mean, what am I waiting for here? A meteor strike, or something?

Fancifully Fearless Forever!!!

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Date: 1/3/12 3:16 PM

I totally agree and love the idea of fearless sewing. I have been very busy with work but this year my pledge is to make more time for sewing and quilting with no excuses. Too easy to say "I'll get to it next week" and then I have a year with not enough fun time in the sewing room!

I also would like to try to enter at least one of the contests on Pattern Review!

Wishing everyone a year filled with fun and fearless sewing.
Joyce

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Date: 1/3/12 3:26 PM

I've been sewing for 6 years now and I'm definitely fearless. I rarely sew a complete TNT garment (aside from really basic stuff like tshirts or lingerie) because I like the challenge and excitement of trying something new. I'm also not too hard on myself when trying a new technique and lean more towards "good enough" rather than "perfection". Not everything needs to be done using couture techniques or have a flawless fit.

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Date: 1/3/12 3:29 PM

Fearless is the way to go! I have sewn with young teens and pre-teens and their folks were amazed they sewed zippers (gumdrop pillows from Amy Butler's pattern and stash bags)! They had never been told zippers were difficult, they had no fear, and just followed instructions and - presto, perfect zippers

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Date: 1/3/12 3:50 PM

I want to sew period!!! I have not done much sewing in the past 6 years and I want to at least turn on one of my three machines. I think laziness and fear have offset my desire to do anything creative. I use to diligent about reviewing other people's work here on PatternReview, but I have negated that as of late. I am looking to create a positive experience in sewing both garments and quilting. I am however, going to stick with safe and easy products as this will fulfill my need to have a good result.

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Date: 1/3/12 4:03 PM

2011 was a fearless sewing year for me and I highly recommend the approach! My skills and confidence are flying high. I sewed my first coat (lots of hand tailoring!), used boning for the first time, made a waist stay, sewed an over the top dress (Vogue 1162 Belville Sassoon) out of $40/yd silk with a hand picked zipper and silk georgette sleeves that took 10 hours each, used piping for the first time... the list goes on. Honestly, the only sewing task/technique that I've done, but still worries me is sewing welt pockets. Welts are tricky!

My two new goals for 2012 are: leather and corset. Um, not together, although that's not a bad idea (ha ha ha). I plan to sew a leather jacket for myself and put Linda Sparks' The Basics of Corset Building (an xmas present!) to good use.

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Date: 1/3/12 4:15 PM

I find the older I get and more adjustments I have to do, the more I put off the project. Also, I'm retired. I don't need fancy party clothes anymore. I don't need to make a skirt, blouse and cardi every other weekend. Yep, for years that's the type of sewing I did...I would get a mini wardrobe done every weekend. I do know that if I have an event coming up(trip, party, etc.)I sew much better. I'm good under pressure and with a purpose.

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