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Advice for Newbies

Posted: 29 April 2016 at 6 a.m.

Quilting advice from the experts

Recently, we asked our friends on Facebook, “what’s the best advice to give a new sewist?” We really loved what they had to say and are passing along a few of their awesome tips to you!

Kathy M – Relax and realize, like with anything else, you get better with the more experience you get.  If it doesn't turn out right it means nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Chalk it up as learning.

Peg A - Use Superior Titanium-coated Topstitch needles in your sewing machine. If you have thread breaking or tension issues, change your needle to one of those, remove thread, re-thread the machine, and change out your bobbin. You will probably fix what is wrong. Those machine needles last twice as long as a regular machine needle (or more).

Alexi G - There's nothing in quilting that can't be undone and fixed. Might take some effort and a new piece of fabric, but all mistakes are reversible. So it's okay to mess up.

Nancy C - Find a good mentor who will guide but not JUDGE. Always use the best supplies you can afford. Have patience, you didn't come out of the womb knowing how to sew.

Liz S - Sewing with a group is really helpful when you're learning, in either a class or guild group. You will find lots of support and learn lots of tricks that making sewing easier.

Tina T - Never give up, if it is not working the way you thought it would, take a step back so you can look at it from a different angle.

Kay S - You are doing this because you want to. Have fun, enjoy the fabric and don't stress about "perfect".  You will get better and better as you go along.

Jeannie - Keep your sense of humor and enjoy the process. If you do mess up, and you can live with it, then you have added an artistic touch.

Gerri G - Don't make the first mistakes I made! Start out right with Superior’s thread and needles!!

Angela P - Always use bobbins specifically made for your machine to avoid many tension issues.

Betty M - Watch your fingers when the needles moving.

Doreen D – Patience and buy the best you can afford.

Judith B – Start with an easy project.

Ellena G – Don’t get discouraged.  There is always a way to “make it work”.

Jacki S – Take your time to know your machine.

Diana – Buy chocolate.  Buy LOTS of chocolate.

Barbara H - The seam ripper is your new best friend. Never give up.

What advice would you give a new sewist?

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  • 1. Dianna (29 April 2016 at 10:50 a.m.)

    My biggest problems came from not pressing or stretching everything by pressing wrong.

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