BACK TO BASICS! January 13 2015

Do you remember when you got your first sewing machine?

 

 

 

 

 

And then you signed up for your first quilting class....

 

 

And you learned all those very important basics!!!!

Well, with the new season of classes just underway, there is no time like the present to review some of those very important basics that we sometimes ignore and get a little bit sloppy with.

 

SIT UP STRAIGHT!!!

 Good posture allows you to preserve your "sewing stamina" and avoid aches and pains in your shoulders and back.

Your feet should be planted firmly on the ground.   Don't stretch one leg out to catch a runaway foot pedal.

Elbows and knees bent at 90 degree angles!   If you are reaching "UP" or "DOWN" with your hands, your sewing table is not at the right height for you.   We are all very different.   Correct table height helps you sit up straight and prevent those nagging pains!   It's worth the effort to make your sewing station right for you!   How do you get the right height?   Try adjusting your chair.

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SIT IN FRONT OF YOUR NEEDLE!!!

With sewing machines being so large these days, it's easy to literally lose sight of your sewing by planting yourself centre to your machine.   Move to the left!!!    You should be sitting right smack in front of your sewing machine NEEDLE!!!  Very important stuff!!!

 

No worries!   We all get a little sloppy with the basics from time to time.   That's why I'm doing this post.   By the way, I feel like we're getting so familiar with one another.   What should I call you?

 

WOW!   I thought "Elizabeth" would have been something else or "Liz" but I never dreamed it would be "Betty".

 

Okay.   Well, let's continue here, Betty, with one more reminder.

 

SET YOUR SEAMS!!!!

 

Yes.   Yes, quite frankly, it is very important.   When you press your seam flat before you open it, you are "setting the seam".    By doing this first step you are actually sinking or flattening your stitches.   That then allows you to open and press your seam in one direction with more ease and a professional look.   It also takes out any minor puckers that may have formed during the sewing process.   I'm talking "minor puckers" here.   If you've got wrinkles and puckering happening then it might be "TONY TIME".   That's slang for getting your machine in to have Tony check your tension!!

 

Yes, Tony is a good man to see if you're having any issues with your machine.

 

I think that's all for today, Betty!!!

 

I couldn't say it any better!