Okay, so after years of being off of a machine, I've recently gotten back to sewing NOT by hand! And wow, it has been a pain. I am one of those people who SEAM (ooh I'm awful) to screw up no matter how much I think things through. This blog post was actually inspired by a VERY recent sewing f-up, so I thought I'd share a few tips I've learnt in the past week or two- hopefully this will help you with your sewing too!
Check that you have thread...
...Not only on the top bobbin, but the bottom one. There's nothing much more frustrating than sewing something perfectly and running out of thread half way, especially when you're a beginner and you don't quite know how to deal with the situation!
Use pins... but don't sew over them!
Now is not the time to be lazy. I am very guilty of this, I mess up many projects just from not using pins. Pins really do help with keeping things in place. When you use them, DO NOT SEW OVER THEM! This will be an even bigger mess, and it's really bad for your machine.
Go slowly and don't get tooooo confident
I do this often- I start thinking I'm more capable than I actually am and I speed through things. This is where mistakes happen, and where ones ego gets crushed! Rather take more time to think and spend less time unpicking!
Write down step-by-step if you need
If you are really struggling to get your mind around a project, write things down as a step-by-step guide. I often do this when trying a new project, it means that it's easier to do the project the next time around, too.
Cut off loose threads to avoid getting confused
I so often find myself pulling the wrong strings and messing up something that was actually fine! So, rather clean up as you go, you'll thank me for this!
Use the internet
Yes, we all like to figure things out ourselves, but sometimes it's necessary to contact a resource. The internet is FULL of wonderful tutorials and ideas, so don't be afraid to have a look around!
Before you sit down, make sure you have everything you need
There's nothing worse than sitting down to do a project and finding that you don't have everything you need. If necessary, make a "things I need when sewing" list and refer to it whenever you are setting up a project.
Get yourself a pair of pinking shears
Really, these will save you a lot of pain when it comes to fabrics that tend to unravel. My mom bought me a pair and they have become my best friend! Invest in good pair, you won't regret it.
Keep a magnet near by
This will help you to find any pins or needles that are left lying around, and it'll mean that you're less likely to stab yourself in the foot while next walking across the room!