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Thread: What is your BEST Advice for Successful Sewing????

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    Super Member Treasureit's Avatar
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    What is your BEST Advice for Successful Sewing????

    I have been thinking about how much my sewing has improved over the years...(humbly say I) and was considering the why is that....

    I think the most important change, for me, is that I have slowed down and take my time with directions and stop sewing for a while when stumped and then come back to it fresh. I pay close attention to my seams and use my ripper when needed. (Age seems to have helped with this slowing down thing...so it isn't all my doing! LOL)

    NOW ...what is your secret to successful sewing?

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    Junior Member J.M.'s Avatar
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    Being precise. Precise in measuring, precise when cutting, precise when sewing so my seam allowance isn't too big or too small. Precision means the block ends up perfect (or as close to it as I can come) which makes everything so much easier.

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    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
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    Looking back when I started quilting I was running at the pace I was at work. Over the years I have learned to slow down and take my time . My piecing is much more accurate and I take more time in selecting fabric and only buying my needs. At first I really wanted to fly yet I couldn't run properly. I wanted to go every show buy every tool. I was like a chld in a candy shop entering a quilt shop.,
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
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    Practice, practice, practice. Also, I'll never make a perfect quilt or "show quality" quilt . . . but I'm okay with that!

    By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
    ~Richard Dawkins

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    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
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    Yes, like you I have to watch my speed. I hate reading instructions so I have to force myself to read it slow and over again to make sure I did not rush through them.

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    What is it about instructions? I too have to make myself study them and not race on. This is one area where I seem to be impatient. I have learned to take more time over things and the old adage of "measure twice and cut once" is certainly a meaningful one.

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    All I can say is love what you are doing ... and always be encouraged. For everything that feels like a boo boo it's a creative indulgence! :P

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    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
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    I don't care if it's perfect and I don't care who knows. I don't quilt for any one but me. Even though quilts are gifted the making of the quilt is all about my satisfaction. Not caring about improving all the time has given me the freedom to create fun stuff that sometimes are great and sometimes not. So what! I have fun.

    Making quilts shouldn't be torture and that is a hard lesson to learn for most of us.
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    Super Member grammy Dwynn's Avatar
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    Do not "ASS-U-ME" that you/I know everything, there is always room for improving and learning.
    Going slower and having patience has helped. Pay attention ~ reading instructions, cutting, sewing, and piecing.
    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -Confucius


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    Super Member Luv Quilts and Cats's Avatar
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    I have noticed my quilting has got better over the years, too. I have been working on finishing UFOs On project was 5 inch squares of batiks that needed borders put on. I finally put the borders on and when ironing the top I noticed some mistakes in stitching. To be expected as this was one of the first things I sewed. That made me realized I am better at it now. Nowhere near perfect but better. I have learned that getting lost in the moment when I sew, when it's just me and the fabric but also with my quilting friends, I relax more and get more out of creating it. I am now working on my first bargello. Not easy, but not hard either. And I am having fun. So take a risk and learn something new. You never know where it will lead you.
    Luv Quilts and Cats
    Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty. - Florence Nightingale

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