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Over my projects I had gathered my key points to remenber when im sewing... ( list keep growing)

-          Be accurate ( the mistakes add up)

-          Press, press, press

-          Tide it up as you go by cutting extra tread and avoiding bulks’.

-          When marking the fabric, never forget to add your nicks, notches and other forms of identification

-          Guide fabric with tension during stitch- one hand forward works for me.

-          Pin the garment always toward you

-          Test your interface on small pieces to feel how fabric will behave

-          Check very often, it something not right stop and re do it. Check check check.

-          Be aware of fabric compatibility for iron heat – almost burn my lining because of a bad choice as the coat needed a lot of heat and the lining couldn’t take it even with a wet cloth.

-          Pin horizontally for very slippery fabrics and baste when possible.

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For me, try not to sew the item to my tablecloth!


But I like your list very much ;0) lots for a beginner like me to digest.

I second all those points, plus: 

- read your instructions properly (I couldn't tell you how many times "I think" I know what to do, but don't!!)

- take great care when overlocking (serging) that you don't catch other parts of the garment (I have cut holes in almost finished garments by not being careful enough)

- use the correct needle for the fabric - one needle does not do it all

- change your needle regularly (I generally change mine for every new garment)

- always do a sample of stitching on every new fabric to check tension etc




I agree with all the above.  Also. . . If you feel like stopping, STOP!  Take a break.  Often rushing leads to bad outcomes.


Great tips! I would add, probably,


- pin in seam allowances

- mark lengthwise grain and crossgrain (thread-trace) - invaluable for fitting! I have wrote a post on my blog about grainline marking for fitting, after it helped me to fit a very stubborn dress. 

1. If you're fabric looks very similar on the wrong and right sides.. put an X in chalk on the wrong side before you take the pattern pieces off!

2. You can never understitch or topstich too much! It makes everything sit better, and you'll iron less. (while sewing and for the life of the garment.. bonus!)

3. If using closed seams & or vertical darts -  press them towards centre back.

4. when pinning seams together - join along the stitchline. Sometimes at the end the seam allowance portion doesn't meet up and there seems to be a little triangle piece jutting out. Don't try and make it fit! - so long as it meets at the stitchline that's fine. It's not you.. it's bad patternmaking!

Casey. great idea to  mark the  wrong side of look alike fabrics with chalk..I cant tell you ,how many times ,I have started sewing a garment and have to take it to the light to "try to figure out,which is the right side".I will remember this one..thanks,


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