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« on: June 26, 2007 10:17:43 PM »

Okay...I've sewn a few things by hand when I was younger...but I just got a brand spankin new sewing machine...and I have found a cute little pattern for a baby sundress...bought material...got fabric shears, pins, and thread...
Anyone have any tips for me before I start?

« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007 05:33:33 AM »

practice the stitch you're going to use on a piece of scrap fabric beforehand, and don't be scared to go slow. It'll take time getting used to, but once you've got the hang of it, it gets much faster!

« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2007 09:24:34 AM »

Thanks!  I will! 

« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007 04:53:08 AM »

Along the same lines as Kellybean, use some muslin and make a mock up of the dress.  Once you have gone through the entire pattern once, you can try it of for fit, make any adjustments you need and use your perfectly fitted dress as your "new" permanent pattern to make the real dress.  It takes a bit more time but you get to practice first and you finish with a fabric pattern and not a paper pattern that will eventually disintegrate.
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2007 09:39:30 AM »

Read the instruction all the way through before doing anything- twice if need be. Some steps may not make sense until after you have fabic in your hands completed up through the previous step, so don't freak completely if you don't get it all right away. But if you have read it through before getting there it'll fall in place better.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007 09:48:32 AM »

Definitly practice on some cheap muslin first.  Also a good seam ripper is handy.. I have been sewing for 10 + years and still have to rip apart seams I fudged up sometimes Smiley

Also, with patterns you like and will use again, cut them out of muslin.  They keep much better than tissue paper, and are much easier to pin to fabric than the tissue that most patterns come on.  Keep the original for reference in a file folder, so if you need to see markings again, you can (though I sometimes just mark the muslin with a sharpie permanant marker for any pattern markings I need)  Then you can make things again and again without worrying about ripping the pattern.

Most important.. don't get discouraged!! It can be a slow start.. but once you get the hang of it.. you'll fly!!

Have fun Smiley

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