So a brief history of my sewing, I started probably late elementary school patching things for my dad because my mom loathes sewing. Home Ec in middle school probably is what peaked my interested the most. I made everything from the basic drawstring bag and shorts to a stuffed penguin. At home I'd use scraps we had to make other little bags or projects. I also was given the job of patching jeans and coveralls and putting in new zippers. When I got married the two things I wanted most were a kitchen aid mixer and a sewing machine. (side note, I got both with gift cards, thanks everyone! :-) ).
My most recent sewing projects include things for my niece and nephews (an apron, monster bag, and hooded monkey towel).
I also made a hoop skirt which you can read about Here.
I've broken a few needles in my day and continue to break them but don't plan on stopping sewing anytime soon.
Heather's Tips and Tricks of sewing with a machine
- Don't be afraid to mess up!
- The seam ripper is your best friend!
A seam ripper is also useful for other things. I use it when my needle becomes unthreaded so that I don't have to pull the thread all the way out, it is small enough to reach in the slot by the "thread take up" thingy. (I know about sewing but not the pieces of the machine :) this is that little silver lever that goes up and down as you sew, the part you loop through before going through the needle.
Any other brilliant uses you have tried?
- Get a pair of scissors devoted to sewing and fabric.
- Get one of these ~~~~~~~~~~~~>
- Make multiple bobbins of 'neutral'/'normal' colors.
I keep coming up with new points but I will add just one more for this post.
- Shut the door and walk away.
Alright folks. I have a few more points. I'll add them and maybe get enough free time to write about them later. :)
- A lint roller is fabulous for cleaning up those short/loose threads.
- The inside of a project might not show, so it doesn't matter what it looks like
- Sometimes it's the bobbin side that shows, if this is the case match your bobbin thread but it might not always matter
- You made it with love, that's what matters. :)