Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 57

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

  1. #1
    Super Member Treasureit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    OC, CA
    Posts
    2,938

    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?

  2. #2
    Junior Member J.M.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    the Netherlands
    Posts
    259
    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.

  3. #3
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    6,641
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  4. #4
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,882
    Practice, practice, practice. Also, I'll never make a perfect quilt or "show quality" quilt . . . but I'm okay with that!
    Neesie


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

  5. #5
    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Live Oak, Texas
    Posts
    5,723
    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.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    England
    Posts
    546
    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.

  7. #7
    Member SumikoKeel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Carthage Texas
    Posts
    34
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  8. #8
    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    9,468
    Blog Entries
    31
    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.
    peace
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

  9. #9
    Super Member grammy Dwynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    2,037
    Blog Entries
    2
    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

    https://picasaweb.google.com/home

  10. #10
    Super Member Luv Quilts and Cats's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,708
    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

  11. #11
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
    Posts
    5,713
    Precision ... and I owe it all to Sally Collins.

    Look into her book "Mastering Precision Piecing", there is also a DVD. Some of her tips helped me tremendously.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    2,640
    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Practice, practice, practice. Also, I'll never make a perfect quilt or "show quality" quilt . . . but I'm okay with that!
    My thoughts exactly. If I'm happy with it, that's enough.

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Posts
    6,096
    Best advice - there are lots of options for this particular topic, but here are the ones that finally put me at ease about my piecing and quilting.

    * Don't watch the needle go up and down when you sew. The needle doesn't go left or right, only up or down.

    * When I stopped watching the needle 'up/down' and started paying more attention to guiding the fabric under the needle accurately, my piecing got much, much better.

    Over time, I've also recognized my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, general ability and, best of all, my creativity - in other words, I found my 'style'. That has allowed me to have fun with quilting, and that is what it's really all about!

  14. #14
    Senior Member Kehoeta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Greenbush, MI
    Posts
    708
    I only work on projects I love. Then, I am willing to take the time to be precise and to sew accurately. But challenging myself, trying things out side of my comfort zone have made me a better sewer.
    I got fabric.... Now I need time .
    Theresa

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    816
    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post

    NOW ...what is your secret to successful sewing?
    Practice. (And learn from the mistakes you make. Repeatedly doing the same thing over and over doesn't really help.)


    Oh- and sometimes having the right tool for the job really does make the difference. I thought I could like up a seam on my presser foot, but buying the quarter inch seam foot made a huge difference. I also though I'd be fine to quilt with the darning foot that came with my machine, but I find some quilting needs the open foot, others the closed foot.

  16. #16
    Senior Member HouseDragon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Kaua`i
    Posts
    581
    Precision cutting is the start of success ... practicing the quarter-inch seam until it's "automatic" ... stopping when I get tired.

    Learned that last one after waaaaay too many times frogging that "one last seam".
    If life gives you lemons, make Limoncello!

  17. #17
    Super Member peaceandjoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    The Finger Lakes of upstate NY
    Posts
    2,317
    Don't rush, enjoy the process, and be proud of your success - even if it's not perfect!

  18. #18
    Super Member IrishNY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    was Upstate NY, now Winston-Salem NC
    Posts
    2,025
    I try to do each part as precisely as I can. Cutting, piecing, pressing, etc. If I do each step well, the final product looks as good as I hoped for. I won't be entering my quilts in any shows but I want them to be done to a standard that means I could if I wanted to. The recipient deserves my very best. That means success to me.
    I'd rather be at the lake

    Do one thing every day that scares you... Eleanor Roosevelt

  19. #19
    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    37,633
    Blog Entries
    1
    Keep the cat out of the sewing room, no matter how much he/she cries to be w/you. Makes life easier

  20. #20
    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Jozefow, Poland
    Posts
    4,502
    Don't sew when you are feeling impatient/unhappy. Any problems you have will be magnified beyond what they are if you were in a better mood.

  21. #21
    Senior Member qwkslver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    WV
    Posts
    584
    Patience would be my advice. Walk softly and carry a big seam ripper. When I was younger and had a boo boo I would leave it (often for my mother to fix). Now I have no mother, I'm the fixer. Just patience.

  22. #22
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    Take as many quilt classes you have the chance to. I always learn something new from each one. Quilting isn't suppose to be a solitary activity all the time. Enter the local fair or quilt show. Really your quilt will look just fine hanging by all the other quilts. When sewing I go very slow and just recently started to use a longer stitch length for piecing, 3 setting. My blocks lay flat and less bulk at the seams.
    Got fabric?

  23. #23
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,394
    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Keep the cat out of the sewing room, no matter how much he/she cries to be w/you. Makes life easier
    This one made me laugh.

    You mean that having a cat's paw under the needle, a whole cat on the blocks to be pressed, and kitty supervision while cutting is detrimental?

    Naw - can't be.

    Kitty holding down the stack of fabric - marking as much of it as possible with hair - doing the maximum stretch when trying to lay something out. Rearranging the blocks laid out on the floor or table. Gotta admit - sometimes they are cute!

  24. #24
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    new york state
    Posts
    10,358
    Blog Entries
    2
    Relax and realize you can never make all those quilts you downloaded the patterns for. pressing--it makes a world of difference.
    Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind see.
    mark Twain

  25. #25
    Senior Member Bneighbor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    460
    Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to step out of you comfort zone and try new techniques. Step away from the project if you become frustrated, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine, or chocolate and allow yourself to just breathe. Seek out a mentor and be a mentor. Be proud of your accomplishments, shine when complimented and don't take it to heart when criticized for they know not the love and labor involved.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.