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« on: April 26, 2013 11:57:42 PM »

So I can't use a pattern to save my life... it ends up a big ol mess. I have to see something along the lines of what I am hoping to create (in it's finished form). I also prefer to hand sew over using a machine (mind you, the only machine I've gotten the joy of using has been a 70's model Kenmore that my mom got when she graduated from highschool...) Does anyone else find themselves sewing this way? If so what tricks have you learned to make things a bit easier?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013 04:56:41 PM »

Hand sewing? Yipes, I would get arthritis doing that. For clothing patterns, I prefer to make up my own since no pattern fits me quite right anyway (short, narrow shoulders, etc.). I use thrift store clothing and cut it up to make my own patterns, works pretty well. For other things, well, depends on the thing.

« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013 06:41:42 AM »

Can I ask what "big ol mess" means specifically? Does your finished product not look as you imagined, do you not even start because the pattern is confusing, etc...? Your Craftster pals might be able to offer some advice after some elaboration. Smiley

I do get the feeling that sewing on the retro machine is why you enjoy hand sewing more. I grew up sewing everything by hand (I had to hem every pair of pants- I've always been short for my age) and was reluctant to try out a machine. It seemed so intimidating. But a couple years ago, I got a machine, and I am hooked for life. It's super addicting. Have you looked into getting yourself a nice machine?
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