Color coding dots are a quick and easy
way to mark important guides onto your fabrics. These 1/4" round dots can be
purchased at most office supply stores. You simply stick them to your fabric
where the markings need to be transferred from pattern to fabric. After you
have used them for guides or stitching, you just peel them off. These dots are
inexpensive, quick and easy, and actually fun to use!
If it is difficult to identify the right
side of your fabric, place a safety pin on the right side of each garment
piece before removing the sewing pattern from the fabric. You should always
mark the right side of your fabric also, before preshrinking (laundering) it.
Are you too short for your sewing
machine? Find a pillow to put on your chair to sit taller. Find a box the
right height to put the foot control pedal on, making it a comfortable height.
Using duct tape, tape the pedal to the box.
If you have problems controlling the
speed of your machine, try putting a piece of foam between the base and the
foot pedal lever. This will slow the machine down, and give you better foot
Start using the sewing machine right
away. There is a tendency to spend too much time on information and practice,
which tends to kill the initial excitement in leaning to sew.
Beginning sewing time in the sewing room
should be limited to 2 hours. You'll loose interest if you get too tired. We
want you to learn to enjoy sewing.
Make sure your sewing machine is working
well. Breakdowns discourage everyone and prevent us from completing sewing
Do as little ripping out as possible. No
one is an expert when learning. Choose sewing projects that will forgive a
stitching line that is a bit squiggly.
There are more sewing tips and ideas in
each of our books. We hope you thoroughly enjoy and find great value in this
experience as you learn to sew.