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    I generally don't follow the directions either. Too often I've found real mistakes that wouldn't have been fixable after or I have a different way of assembling a block than the one used.

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    :lol: :lol: and to think most of the time we just blame men for 'never reading the directions' -- aahhhh the secrets we so often hide :roll: :cry: ;-)

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    I read the directions before starting and sometimes think "Why do it that way? It would be easier and makes more sense to me to do it this way." Sometimes my way works better for me than the directions. Occasionally not. But I swear for a lot of McCall's, Simplicity, Butterick, etc patterns I think someone writes the direction who has never seen a sewing machine, much less sewed a stitch!

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    Picture reading usually works for me

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    I always say...if all else fails, read directions..
    And I often resort to just that theory.

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    I learned my lesson this past weekend. Was putting a project together and didn't want to do one part of it so I skipped reading that section. Sewed the blocks together and they didn't fit. I was bad mouthing the directions and took it all apart. I read the directions again to see if I missed something with the part I skipped. Guess what, in that section they told you to trim down the blocks. I deserved to have to tear it all apart. It was amazing how well it went together after that.

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    They come with directions? Really? I just look at the pictures and go from there.

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    I grew up making clothes from patterns. I learned early on to follow the instructions, cause everything just went together easier. I do the same in quilting, and I usually leave the instructions open next to me until I can make the block (when piecing several of the same blocks) without thinking about the process. For me, it just saves a lot more time to follow the instructions the first time...

    It's like the old story that I have told my kids for yrs...

    A farmer hired a young boy to clean his barn out every Saturday morning. One morning he observed the boy knocking down the high places and filling in the low places. Well, the farmer just leaned against the barn door, chewed on piece of hay, and finally asked, "Son, you in a hurry this morning?" "Oh, yes sir, I am. The carnival is in town and me and my buddies are going to go." The farmer just smiled and sighed..."Well, son," he said, "if you don't have time to do it right, you sure don't have time to do it over."

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    I read all the instructions and then I make mistakes!!!!

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    In my family, the boys used to say, "If ALL else fails, read the directions.." I usually do after I make a mistake.. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by eso9727
    I read all the instructions and then I make mistakes!!!!

    Yea me tooo!
    :oops:

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    If all else fails, read the directions, keeping in mind that the directions may be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    If I buy a book or pattern, it's because I want to learn how to do something. If I can figure it out on my own, why buy the pattern? So yes, I read it, Ievery word, and if there's a new technique that I haven't tried, then I try it, at least for that item. How can you learn new things otherwise? Often the designer has tried various methods for making something and has settled on what works best. I want to profit from her research, and her mistakes.
    Well said--the other time I meticulously follow directions is when I am testing someone's pattern! Since I most generally follow pictures, it is a real challenge for me to go the other route and read everything. Always learn something, though. :)

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    Sometimes when I'm winging it, I run into trouble and have to read the directions. When they don't make sense, I'm sure they have made a mistake!

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    When I look at a pattern, I always, ALWAYS look at the pictures first! Sometimes you don't need anything else!

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    I cant go by directions ,I have to look at the picture and figuor it out.I really love it when I can watch someone do it ,then I can.

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    If I didn't follow directions, I'd be in a world of hurt! I'm like that. For example, when I get a new small appliance or a new car, etc., I always read all through the instuctions/manual before I use it. Crazy, I know, but that's just me.

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    I usually read all directions first and try to figure out how to do it. I have learned to make a test block first before I take off and cut up a lot of good fabric. Now my DH never reads directions because of course he knows how it is supposed to go together.

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    I really think it is funny that we think we don't have to read the directions. I am a newbie and I, so far, read the directions. Of course, the first quilt I started, I looked in a book, I saw a pattern I really liked, but I thought I needed to simplify the pattern. Well, how do you follow the directions when you've decided to delete 2 or 3 elements of the q2uilt? I cut out most of the pieces. Put together several blocks and was just ready to sew the fourth block on. Uh Oh!!! The third block pieces did not line up with the other two blocks. I still haven't figured out how I did that.
    Needless to say, I suddenly had another quilt, an easier pattern that I decided to make before I go back to the other one. The second one is working fine so far, except that I had to order more fabric so I can replace a block I didn't cut correctly.
    I am now trying to figure out what happened to the first quilt and what I have to do to get the rest of it together correctly. Hope I am successful.

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    i am just as bad. I tend to jump right in and then when i run into a problem i will actually read the directions. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by skothing
    Am I the only one who trys to do a block without fallowing directions? Just finished my BOM 4th block to find it easier if I fallowed the directions. :oops:
    I knew I was the strange one around here I always follow directions for everything I do. :oops: :cry: :!:

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    i sewed all my own clothes for my senior year in high school... except my calvin kliens... we had a pattern that made 10 articles of clothing... lined blazer, vest, skirt, dress trousers... a couple blouses....

    made them all... duplicates of the blazer.. had 3-4 different colors...

    failed home ec, making a knife edge pillow.... i was first one in the class done... looked perfect

    BUT i never looked at the directions... = failing grade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    If all else fails...read the directions!
    I'm with you. If I read the directions first they don't always make sense to me.

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    Like Dunster, I pay for the pattern/book so I read it all the way through before I begin. I pay particular attn to the bold hints as they usually tell you something that can help before you cut it wrong and have to go buy more fabric.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    If I buy a book or pattern, it's because I want to learn how to do something. If I can figure it out on my own, why buy the pattern? So yes, I read it, every word, and if there's a new technique that I haven't tried, then I try it, at least for that item. How can you learn new things otherwise? Often the designer has tried various methods for making something and has settled on what works best. I want to profit from her research, and her mistakes.
    Have to say I agree..as a new "self-taught" (mostly by this board) I tend to buy books with patterns I like and follow the directions and even use the same colors suggested...that way I get what I thought I was getting in the finished project, when I get more sophisticated, I'll start switching things up. But I'm happy for now, and I only do one project at a time..Love the knowledge put out by the board members here!

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