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What was your biggest OOPS! moment while sewing? | Questions from Threads!

Taunton_Web | Posted in New to Sewing on

Everyone has had a big OOPS! moment while sewing. What was yours? It can be helpful for new sewers to know that even people who’ve been doing this a while make mistakes from time to time. : )


  1. crowseye | | #1

    My big oops is being too close to the project. I will get so involved in a project sometimes I will overlook a simple mistake. I will do everything to a "t" only to gave my husband look at it and say "did you mean for ....". I have learned to take steps in big projects and to step away so I can see the big picture of the project.

    1. Taunton_Web | | #5

      That's a really good tip!

  2. Sedary | | #2

    Not using a large enough table top to cut a lightweight dress fabric. It stretched when some of it hung off the side even when pinned to the pattern.

  3. user-5186101 | | #3

    My biggest OOPS is completing a wedding gown and during the final press, burned a hole in the chiffon overlay in the front. Luckily, it was close enough to the bottom that I repaired it by substituting lace across the front panel to the side seams as a decorative accent!

    1. Taunton_Web | | #4

      Nice fix!

  4. smacg | | #6

    Mine happened when I was a fairly new sewer. I made a blouse. Careful measuring, fitting etc but not so careful transferring marking...in particular the sleeve front and back ones. Couldn’t figure out why it fit and looked so very weird. Kind of like the arms were in backwards. 🙄 Needless to say that required a lot of “resewing” and taught me a valuable lesson!

  5. Tivoli_girl | | #7

    My biggest oops moment was when I was overlocking the front seam of a princess line dress, right on the point of the bust, and the knife caught the dress fabric. Very, very bad. I had bought the beautiful silk fabric from overseas. It was beyond redemption. Needless to say I have been a lot more careful since then!

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    sewin_n_beadin | | #8

    When I was dating my now-husband I was always enjoyed making something new to wear. Back in the mid-70's I simply had to have a new dress to wear to his house for Thanksgiving dinner, so the night before, I got a printed cotton from my stash, found a pattern that I knew fit well and started the dress. It was a U-neck minidress and had a big collar and puffed sleeves. I had inserted a crocheted cotton trim on the edge of the collar and then proceeded to attach the collar to one of the armholes! Needless to say I didn't wear a new dress that Thanksgiving. OOPS...DUH!!!

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