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« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2008 11:01:46 AM »

In a pinch, use a ball of acrylic yarn in place of a pressing ham.

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« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2008 03:52:12 PM »

In a pinch, use a ball of acrylic yarn in place of a pressing ham.



what is a pressing ham?Huh
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« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2008 07:07:21 PM »

Pressing ham & sleeve roll



The ham on the bottom is a pressing ham. I think the one on top is called a sleeve roll. The shape of these make it much easier to press curves in your garments.
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« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2008 07:10:33 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2008 07:43:47 PM »

Pressing the seams after each step makes for much better results.
Don't hunch when you sew. It must be called sewers hump for a reason.
If you are tired, go to bed. Your machine may not sew through denim, but it will sew through your thumb. Trust me on that one, I know from experience.
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« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2008 08:02:26 PM »

If you are tired, go to bed. Your machine may not sew through denim, but it will sew through your thumb. Trust me on that one, I know from experience.

Also, if you're tired, go to bed because you will likely spend the following morning redoing all your "progress" from when you were too tired to 1) line up seams properly, 2)remember which way to put the fabric before you sew it, and 3) even if you're ok, there's always a chance that you won't be able to see which sides are which until you get it into daylight.  Ask me how I know.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2008 08:09:16 PM »

This is actually super helpful for a brand new machine sewer and it makes me giggle!

-If you drop a pin try to find it right away or you will usually find it when you are not paying attention. (Even my country feet have felt this pain!

-If you get frustrated and can't figure it out.. walk away. It's so much easier when you are calm.

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« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2008 06:36:28 AM »

Corrected:  Cheesy
"If you get frustrated and can't figure it out.. walk away and come ask questions here. It's so much easier when you are calm."

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« Reply #38 on: May 27, 2008 07:16:55 AM »

When sewing fabric that has no distinguishable right and wrong side, for God's sake pay attention to what you are doing, because you can very easily end up with two left hand fronts for a jacket if your mind wanders.

Unpicking stitches that you can't see because they disappear into the thick fabric is NOT FUN.  Make sure you get it right first time so you never have to find this out the hard way. 

Listening to funny podcasts on your iPod at the same time as sewing is a bad idea.
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« Reply #39 on: May 27, 2008 12:26:00 PM »

Don't be lazy and hand baste tricky things like invisible zipper applications also a glue stick is also good for that.

Teach your children to leave your fabric scissors alone, mine are sacred.

Don't be afraid to charge people for doing things like repairs and hemming, my sewing time is valuable. The drycleaner charges why shouldn't you!

If someones truly interested in learning to sew and you have patience teach them it's a great gift. I have taught two of my daughters friends, one makes bags and the other makes elaborate cosplay costumes. Ironically my daughter can do the basics but has no interest in the craft.

Boys should know the basics of hand sewing at least , Mom can't always be there.
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