Member Since: 01/04/2011
I realized that sewing would be an important skill to learn and my mother and grandmother taught me. They sewed most or all of their, mine and my sisters' clothes. While I only occasionally make myself clothes, I have used my skills to alter clothes, mend items, and make small items...oh and even a patchwork quilt. I am going to tackle some shirts soon so I can get the colors and styles that I like as many of the ones on offer at the stores are not well made and the fabric is not to my liking.
I have a used, Toyota serger and do not know how to use it. I have an idea of the basic operation, but am ( for some reason) tentative. . A nice explanation of the workings and what all this wonderful tool can do would be so welcome.
I always make sure that the iron does not get gummy from anything.
Lately scarves are my thing and I need to iron the seams well as I use lots of different pieces. This keeps everything looking nice and neat.
Ironing has always been looked upon as drudgery or laborious when sewing, but when done correctly will make the project go smoothly and will decrease frustrations.
Using a press cloth will make your life much easier.
In redecorating I would make some colorful curtains and pillows to start and change the look of my living room. Then I would move on to the more challenging slip covers for my couch and chair so they match.
The bedroom would be next, pillows to match the duvet cover.
Making these will be good so I can pick just the right fabric.
My best quilting experience has to be when I made my very first full sized quilt. The whole process seemed a bit daunting and I was on my own figuring it all out by myself.
I knew the pattern I wanted so that was easy..but I was just winging it so there was no official "pattern directions".
Material selection alone can be confusing with all of the great patterns and designs available, but I chose six fabrics fairly quickly and the saleslady at the store helped me with tips to figure out yardage. I figured it out wrong and ended up with enough fabric for my quilt and another small quilt or throw!
It was a great experience and I was so happy with my results.
I especially like European design and the Italians are no exception. Designers back in the day had visions and solid workmanship and not the ultimate drama of the fashion world today.
I like to do all styles of stitching on my artwork--similar to the crazy quilt look. Having trouble with tendonitis it is easier to do obvious disorganized stitches as I can only do it for a little while and I was never a good pretty stitcher.
I have never sewed with flax--just eaten it!
Educating myself about this would be good as I have always thought it to be a more coarse fabric like burlap. I thought that about hemp and have since seen some of the most beautiful soft fabric with a beautiful natural look. Natural looking fabrics have always appealed to me and it sounds like I should look into flax.
This would be such a fabulous book to have because learning the right way to tailor really makes a difference with the lay of the fabric. I would love to learn more of this as it is a great skill to have.
There is an elegance to a finely crafted piece of clothing that one doesn't always learn when home sewing.
I have learned over the years to not be in a hurry or I will make mistakes and get frustrated and waste materials. Trying to be the neatest that you can be is difference between success and disappointed.
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