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« on: July 09, 2004 09:07:09 PM »

Okay.  I'm not great at sewing, but I'm dying to be.  I always have a hard time sewing special shapes, especially rounded shapes, like a rounded purse or, in particular with sewing little pieces onto fabric. 
Let me see if I can be more clear:
Let's say I cut out a little bird shape out of felt to sew on top of a purse.  Is there any special way to do it, other than by hand?  I have tried sewing shapes on before with my machine, but I don't feel like I have control, going at the speed a sewing machine goes at.  All my stitching then appears sloppy.  Same goes for rounded purses.  Usually my stitching is more unruly and inconsistent.  I want a clean stitch all around.  Any suggestions?  Or does it just take years of practice to get the hang of it?


« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004 09:19:27 PM »

Do you have a wheel that you can turn by hand on your machine? I like to use it to do one stich at a time and if you're very careful you can move the fabric around so the needle goes in exactly where you want it to.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2004 01:06:32 PM »

Practice makes perfect is the thing really. The handle turning thing is great, but after you've been sewing for a few years gets very tedious!

A really really good way to get good at sewing shapes is to draw various shapes, starting from straight lines, the first thing you need to master, then getting more and more curvy. Stitch around these using no thread. You can see where you miss because of the holes, simple as that! and then just practice practice pratice! It worked for me, now I can sew curves fairly fast. You find your own method, I can't even really describe how I do it, I can just feel when the curves right.

Good luck with it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2004 03:43:41 PM »

Thanks, guys.  You've inspired me to get out the machine and try again. 

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