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I have been sewing like crazy for my new grand baby coming in September and I have really surprised myself with the things that I am able to do.
I have made blankets, burp cloths, sheets, changing pad covers and even a little dress for her. I leaned to sew when I was in junior high school, and I made a few things. When my oldest grand daughter was born I made her some skirts over t-shirts and that seemed really difficult at the time, but they were really easy and so very cute.
My mother was an amazing quilter and seamstress, I wish I would have paid attention a little more to her when she was alive and trying to get me to sew with her. The things that I have had to learn on my own have been a little elementary. The following 5 things are the top of my list.
- When you are using scissors for fabric, do not ever let them out of your sight! My husband and kids have all used my fabric scissors for paper and now I have had to buy a new pair because it dulls them so quickly.
- Don’t try to go it alone. There is so much out there to help you, from youtube video tutorials, facebook groups, even blogs that have a ton of tips and information that will save you time and money.
- If you are going to cut a bunch of straight lines or boxes, it is worth it to invest in a rotary cutter and cutting mat. I could not believe how much better and easier is has been to get great straight seams when actually sewing on a straight line.
- All fabric is not created equal, not all quilting cotton is the same, some is much thinner, and some is too thick to sew a couple of layers with. Look at the fabric well before you buy it, make sure it is not too thin to use for what you are making. Just because it is the right color, does not mean it is the right fabric for you.
- Finally, do not be afraid, sewing is fun, and in the beginning it is so much easier to just expect to make mistakes. It is very much like anything else in life you need to practice and pretty soon it becomes easier and easier.
So, my questions to you are do you sew? Do you know how and have a sewing machine, but don’t use it? Why or why not? If you do sew what tips do you have for new sewist or even those that are starting again after a long break?
I would love to see your projects!