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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2008 03:30:05 PM »

I, too, am a three dimentional thinker (both my parents are too, dunno how the math skipped me but, meh, oh well). Every one I've ever taught the basics of sewing to, was not. I learned a lot of techniques for translating information for them so I could send them off on their own to sew & explore and have fun without worry.

You don't have to be a 3D thinker to be a good seamstress or even designer, it merely gives one an ability to look at a pile of fabric & know it will be enough to do whatever you had in mind vs. having to do math and calculate the yardage. It has it's uses elswhere, too. I'd bet money Michael Jordan is a 3D thinker, my husband's company tests employees for 3D thinking if they want to run a specific piece of equipment (motor graders for road building).

It has it's downside too, I don't know my right from left because my brain registers things as 'plane X', 'plane Y' & 'plane Z' instead. I joked with my hubby that he had to teach Right & Left to our kids or they'd never learn it, it's pretty much proven true. I have to use the finger pointing thingy to remind myself of right & left when driving...every... time...
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2008 05:07:16 PM »

It has it's downside too, I don't know my right from left because my brain registers things as 'plane X', 'plane Y' & 'plane Z' instead. I joked with my hubby that he had to teach Right & Left to our kids or they'd never learn it, it's pretty much proven true. I have to use the finger pointing thingy to remind myself of right & left when driving...every... time...

Oh my god, I'm so like that.  I've gotten better at it, but I still have to think, "I write with this hand... this is my right hand, so this is right."  haha.

« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2008 07:11:54 AM »

PINCH AND PIN people!!!! If you're having trouble with the designs themselves, try them on (or put in on a dressform) and all the weird lumps, you just pinch the fabric closer to the body, and then pin it, and then run it back to your machine and give it a sew.

Of course, if your problems are like mine, where there is always a birds nest in your bobbin, or broken threads... then I have no help for you, because I'm still struggling with those issues as well.
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2008 04:06:23 AM »

I've been sewing for 15 or so years. I interned in a costume shop and made extra money hemming clothes during and after college.

Wanna know something? I freaking DESPISED every stitch.

Fast forward to November when Mini Me's school said "We need Angel costumes". My old Singer (from the late 1950s) gave it up so I broke out a Brother that was given to me...I've been sewing almost daily ever since.

I'm addicted again. For me, it was the machine. I had to fight for every stitch on my Singer.

I'm not saying to get a new machine (unless you really want one). Look for something that thrills you. I love sewing costumes and outfits for my daughter. I despise making doll clothes.
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2008 06:52:37 AM »

I still hate zippers. I'm getting better at them but would rather set up the button hole attatchment than mess with a $%#@ zipper...
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2008 10:08:00 PM »

As the others here have suggested, it's often a good idea to put your project away and do something else. But how about something that is completely different, but still sewing related, like a new approach to the whole sewing process? For example, when you say you don't like working with patterns, does that also include patterns you've made yourself, from scratch? Since you've taken sewing classes this might be old news to you. If it is, try out a different technique or a new kind of garment, but at least for me the triggering factor of my (relative) success with my darling sewing machine was experimenting with a skirt sloper. Making your own patterns really gives the process of putting together pieces of fabric a new, more logical, perspective. And it's much easier than it might sound.

I am not familiar with skirt slopers. That sounds really cool, and I will look into it.

What is it about using patterns that you don't like?  Is it to do with the physical processes of laying out and cutting (my personal bugbears!) or is it the restrictiveness of following instructions, or a shortage of nice designs, or what?

Well in the fashion class we made pattern based pajama pants. She helped us alter the pattern in length and size to assure a good fit. However upon completion, the fit was ALL wrong. In other words, the pants were HUGE! The same thing happened a few years back when I made pj pants at a friends house. I don't know if they were just bad patterns, but I've been turned off from patterns since then. Plus the thin, easily torn paper frightens me. And I feel restricted and all-together uncreative.

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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2008 12:27:04 PM »

Kwik sew has regular paper in their patterns, not that easily torn tissue paper. PJ pants aren't made to fit close to the body, they are made to fit big and be unshapely.

Even though I can draft my own patterns I prefer to use the commercial ones because it tells me how it is supposed to go together (even if I don't follow it to a T, if I get stuck I can back track and see how hey did it) and I don't have to figure out the math measurements myself.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2008 01:31:51 PM »

I still hate zippers. I'm getting better at them but would rather set up the button hole attatchment than mess with a $%#@ zipper...

I don't have a zipper foot, and button holes scare me (though I'm thisclose to trying one, really!  It's like crawfish! (which I swore I'd try three years ago)).  EVERYTHING goes on over my head.  Everything.  Except purses, of course.  Fitted things get...interesting.

That said...I like to say that patterns are awesome, and great, and a wonderful place to start (and end) sewing...but I can't read them.  I can use them, but not proficiently, and they make sewing vastly unpleasant for me.  I took apart some dearly loved (yet completely unwearable, for the sake of holes and stains) clothes, and based my own patterns off of them, and from there, tweaked to get the shape I wanted.  I suppose I'm in the 20%...3D thinking isn't innate, but four years of studying blueprints and explaining them to others has made me catch on. 

My advice is to make stupidly simple things that don't take a lot of stress, and you can feel proud of!  Do that until it makes you happy, and then start trying to do slightly more difficult things.  (Think pillowcases, skirts and bags with drawstrings, rectangular things...try scrounging sheets from friends and family, everyone's got at least one set they no longer use.)  And go from there.  And if you mess up, it's just an old sheet, and who cares?  It might even look vaguely amusing when you hold it up from a particular angle, and you can wrinkle your nose at it and then throw it at your husband (or friend, or whoever's close by) pretending that it's stinky.  (I handle my mistakes the same way 3-year-olds handle dirt...it's cathartic.)  Just don't let yourself get frustrated, or upset (or at least, don't stay that way for long!)

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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2008 10:05:41 PM »

It doesn't get easier, because you're always trying something new!  A woman's reach must exceed her grasp, or what's a heaven for?

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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2008 10:56:32 PM »

I TOTALLY understand!!!  I finally got rid of the cheapie Singer from Wal-Mart, and got an awesome Bernina Grin, and have been sewing like crazy for the last two weeks.  But I'm still riding the fence on the pattern issue, because while I like having the instructions and the pieces laid out for me, I don't like the way the instructions are in a foreign language that resembles English, and how according to my measurements, I'm a size 16 but when I finished the dress, it literally had an extra TWO INCHES on either side of me Tongue
I think frustration is just a natural consequence of the creative process...  I also agree with the "put it down and come back later" school of thought.  I just finished a cross stitch kit that I started 8 years ago Wink

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