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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / What can I make with fleece besides blankets? on: March 17, 2011 10:09:28 AM
I bought a bunch of cute baby fleece, but have no idea what to do with it!  I have 2 different prints, both pieces are just under a yard.  I don't want to make blankets (I already have plenty).  Any ideas?  I'm a beginner sewer so it has to be something manageable!  Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / My failed project: A ray of hope to others on: December 22, 2009 04:08:17 PM
Hello all!

Today I declared an end to my first sewing project.  It was a great failure.

For the last month, I've been working on a reversible tote bag for my mother for a Christmas gift.  With Christmas now upon us, I will have to buy her a back-up gift, as I doubt in my abilities to re-do this on time.

However, despite all of my errors (straps sewn to wrong side, squint straps, fatty left-over deposits where the seams should be streamless...I tried to upload glorious pictures but they're too large!), I have learned a great deal:

1) How to do a topstitch (the pockets were done perfectly!)
2) How to apply interface
3) That one MUST always iron when the tutorial calls for it
4) One MUST always pay attention to the photos included in tutorials
5) The machine needle is likely to bend if one sews over pin heads
6) When threading the needle it's important to make sure there's plenty of thread pushed through to the back, or else one has to re-thread the gosh-darn thing constantly
7) Always check to make sure that the needle stays threaded and that a seam actually appears before moving onto the next step.

So, to anyone who has ever wondered: "How come other people were able to follow this tutorial and make something cute?" YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  While I plan on ripping almost all of the seams on this project and starting over (I've also become a master seam-ripper during this process), I'm not thrilled about it.  I wish that I was gifted with all of the knowledge needed to be an instant master sewer...but, at least I'm learning and I'll make different mistakes next time.

P.S. My next attempt will probably not be reversible...since the instructions still don't make sense!  Undecided
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