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« 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
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009 07:02:36 AM »

Aaaah, I recognise myself there Grin  One sweats a lot trying to make something new when the techniques involved are new too.

Well... if your first project didn't quite work for a finished product... it certainly was a success as a sewing lesson Smiley  Pat yourself on the back for the efforts, and I dare say you'll find your next project far easier Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009 12:56:16 PM »

*pat, pat*

Don't feel too bad. I'm almost done my fourth man's button-down shirt, and I STILL sewed the shoulder-yoke to the front shoulders upside-down... I don't know why, but I manage to do that EVERY TIME.

« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2009 02:35:27 AM »

I know exactly how you feel. I feel the same when making clothes from petterns Undecided
But hopefully the next project would be alot easier and more successful, so smile Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2010 03:14:52 PM »

Congratulations on jumping in and trying something new.  I sew all the time, it is MY craft.  Still there is NOTHING I hate worse than ripping out my seams.  The darn things should have worked the first time.  For some reason it's no biggie at all for me to rip out someone elses seams.  When I'm sewing with friends they are kind enough to rip mine out for me, while I walk off the aggrivation of sewing the darn thing on backwards or upside down or missed one whole side of the fabric entirely.  Of course, my kind, loving, fabulous friends are making fun of me the whole time, but it's the price I pay and I'm cool with it. 

Sewing is a great craft and you will be learning something new for the rest of your sewing life.  It's been almost 30 years for me & I'm still learning fab new things.

I'd love to do a personal swap for this knit Death Flake hat

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2010 03:45:05 PM »

I don't think your project was a total loss - look at all you've learned. Each time you sew something, you will learn something new & as you browse thru Craftster, you will learn even more. I don't think we will ever learn everything about sewing - there's always a shortcut or a better way of doing a particular task.

« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010 08:39:37 AM »

Maybe you should keep the bag for yourself.  I kept my very first attempt at a sock monkey - it's quite frighteningly bad, I used socks that ran and it's poorly stuffed and the eyes are wonky and the ears very uneven but every time I look at her I remember all the things I didn't know when I first made her. AND I have a sock monkey that is totally unique LOL.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010 10:13:47 AM »

First of all, congrats on even attempting something many others find too daunting to try. haha. Keep it up and you will be a pro - at least as much as anyone who sews can be. We all make mistakes, and often. I will make the same mistake time and time again, and I use a Singer 500a, which is an industrial grade machine, so getting the stitches back out is a bear. After a while it gets easier, and the learning process is fun.

Oh, and I agree with lost. You should keep the failed one, even if you don't redo it. It will be a fun reminder in the future of where you started out.

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