Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Yay it’s Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! This is a great chance to discover new blogs, people and of course win prizes.

And…….Β  since it is also my birthday today I’m taking part. Just don’t ask how old I am kay?!

Today I am giving away a F8 Bundle of Japanese fabrics including my beloved Macaroon fabric which I just keep around to stroke as you do!

P1100722As this morning I am attempting my first dressmaking project…. to enter just leave a comment with your favourite sewing tip (it can be for dressmaking or quilting).

Followers though (both current and new) can gain another entry by leaving a second comment. πŸ™‚

This giveaway is open to everyone (including international participants), so please ensure that I will be able to contact you!

Entries are open until around 11pm on Friday 16th May (GMT time) and I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner.

Good luck everyone!

Hannah.x

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  1. I think my favourite one is the old “Measure twice, cut once” If only I always took my own advice πŸ˜‰
    Have a wonderful birthday lovely! x

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  2. Nikki ward-smith

     /  May 12, 2014

    Hey Hannah, I am new to dressmaking too. My advice is to read the pattern all the way through before even starting to cut out your fabric. I recently cut out sleeves upside down as I ploughed on without reading! Thanks for the chance of winning and enjoy your dressmaking adventure x x

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  3. my new favourite tip is to tape the pattern to the fabric with masking time, instead of pinning. it has saved me so much grief – no more wrinkled patterns/fabric! Enjoy your birthday πŸ™‚

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  4. Bex

     /  May 12, 2014

    Best advice: “buy that fabric before someone else does” (devil horns) lol have a good day x

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  5. Happy birthday!!! I have a tutorial about tailor’s tacks- I strongly recommend using them for matching dart points, etc. Also, cut the V notches outwards from your fabric so that it sticks out from your pattern piece rather than underneath- it makes matching up so much easier. And if you forget one like I inevitably do, use another tailors tack!

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  6. Also of course I follow you πŸ˜‰

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  7. trash

     /  May 12, 2014

    My best ever tip for crafting is “measure twice, cut once”. Have a lovely birthday.

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  8. Ermm, I think my tip would be to take it easy when trying a new sewing technique. You can speed things up once you’ve perfected the technique.
    Happy Birthday Hannah!! πŸ˜€

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  9. I follow you too, of course πŸ˜‰ xx

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  10. Reblogged this on RoseyToesSews and commented:
    Didn’t I say she’d be running a fantastic giveaway?
    Pop on over to quirkyhannah to enter to win a gorgeous F8 bundle of Japanese fabrics ……..

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  11. Hi Hannah,, my favourite and best tip would be ‘read all the instructions first’,, before cutting, even before buying the fabric.
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  12. quiltandpatch

     /  May 12, 2014

    Remember for dressmaking you press the seams open! Love the fabrics with wording on, I always look for the unusual! By the way Hannah,you package is on it’s way,second class post but hope it gets to you safely from Wiltshire!!!! love quiltandpatch xx

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  13. JLVerde

     /  May 12, 2014

    Basting is a good thing. It seems like a tedious extra step but it’s worth the bit of time.

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  14. nikki

     /  May 12, 2014

    Pin Pin Pin

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  15. Gisel-la Roca

     /  May 12, 2014

    Whatever you make, make it with love

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  16. happy birthday. Hmm, tips. Measure twice and cut once. Make sure all the pattern pieces fit onto the material piece before cutting.

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  17. I am a new follower on FB

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  18. Katrin

     /  May 12, 2014

    Read ALL the instructions before starting. I made that mistake more than once. Thanks!

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  19. Never sew over pins. Thanks for the chance to win. Love those macaroons.

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  20. My favourite tip is that one about measuring a gazillion times and cutting once!

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  21. Erin

     /  May 12, 2014

    Awesome giveaway – thanks for the chance to win. My advice is – try try try. Anything is possible!

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  22. krystina

     /  May 12, 2014

    Make a muslin!

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  23. Karen in Breezy Point

     /  May 12, 2014

    Adorable fabrics. My tip: enjoy the process–it’s supposed to be fun!

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  24. i totally agree… Read through everything first! lovely giveaway!

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  25. Emily C

     /  May 12, 2014

    Never sew late at night, when you’re tired.

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  26. Juliet H.

     /  May 12, 2014

    I’m a new quilter/sewer so my advice (more so to myself) is to not sweat the small imperfections like a wobble in the seam or points that don’t perfectly match. Practice makes perfect! Thank you for the chance and happy birthday!

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  27. Juliet H.

     /  May 12, 2014

    Also I am a new follower, glad this giveaway led me to you. You had me at “quirky!”

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  28. Courtney A

     /  May 12, 2014

    Don’t skimp on the pressing. I often get lazy and don’t plug in my iron and every time I regret it. Thanks.

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  29. Sherry

     /  May 12, 2014

    Happy birthday! My best tip is to walk away when you are getting tired or frustrated- all my mistakes seem to be right around that time!

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  30. i need to read through the directions carefully and then follow one step at a time slowly…love the prints u chose for your giveaway thanks xo

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  31. My best tip for sewing clothes is to make a muslin copy first. That way you don’t end up with a gorgeous dress that’s a size too small (or 3 sizes too big!) Good luck, and thanks for the great giveaway.

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  32. Happy Birthday! I love using painters tape to create straight lines to follow when quilting.

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  33. Happy Birthday! Press EVERYTHING πŸ™‚

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  34. For sewing clothes I would say start with a great indie pattern maker instead of a paper pattern. The directions are so much more helpful!

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  35. My best tip…make sure your lighting is good. Darkness or shadows can make accurate cutting difficult! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Lucy Pasifull

     /  May 12, 2014

    Best tip for a quilter who is starting to garment sew – remember not to use a 1/4″ seam!

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  37. My tip for FMQ’ing is to put a great CD on and sing along! I tend to hold my breath and tense up over the machine otherwise, but it is difficult to do that if I am belting out Dancing Queen πŸ™‚

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  38. Desiree

     /  May 12, 2014

    Follow your measurements. I have made multiple things too big because I just guessed.

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  39. alisa

     /  May 12, 2014

    This sounds boring, but do read through the entire pattern before starting. Good luck!
    Thank you for the wonderful give away chance!

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  40. Marilyn

     /  May 12, 2014

    Don’t leave out steps you don’t think are important or you don’t want to trake the time to do like pressing, transfering marks, etc.

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  41. Since I got a serger I’ve been obsessed with using it for knits! Happy birthday!

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  42. Mary

     /  May 12, 2014

    Happy birthday! Hope you had a good morning of sewing. When dressmaking I would advise to make a muslin everytime, maybe it’s just because I’m scared of ruining good fabric, but it works for me!

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  43. One good tip is to be sure to sew with the right needle for what fabric you are sewing on!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  44. Happy birthday! I follow with wordpress.

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  45. Sew excited! Yes, I went there. One of the best things I’ve ever done with sewing is taking the zipper to the fabric first and then sewing with the machine. That way you don’t have to use pins and the zipper doesn’t move.

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  46. I am horrible at garment making. I will be interested to read the tips form others as maybe it will help me get better!

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  47. I’m now following you on Facebook.

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  48. Carmen

     /  May 12, 2014

    Oooh, best of luck with the dress project! I love that clothing takes way less time to complete than quilts. Let’s see…my biggest tip is probably just a warning to measure twice before you apply buttons (if you project has any), because those buttonholes are almost impossible to fix when you’ve sewn them down! Can’t wait to see the results!

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  49. emily

     /  May 12, 2014

    Measure, measure, measure! And keep your seam ripper handy. πŸ™‚

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  50. I always keep my seam ripper near by. Good luck with your dressmaking and happy birthday.

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  51. Happy birthday! πŸ™‚

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  52. My favorite tip is: it’s not a race, take your time. Also don’t be afraid to try.

    Love the macaroon fabric.

    just in case: m3reyna at gmail dot com

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  53. Be patient. Especially with the sleeves. Oh sleeves. They are so difficult to me! hahaha! Good luck, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    (just tell everyone it’s an anniversary of your 28th birthday. That’s what I do. :p heheh)

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  54. button holes: insert seam ripper on one side and make it pop through the middle, tug. Repeat from other side…then you won’t rip the stitches!

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  55. Elizabeth

     /  May 12, 2014

    My tip is don’t cut your fancy lovely foreign expensive fabric until you’re SURE what you’re making, need to cut, and DON’T FORGET SEAM ALLOWANCES. I literally have that written in giant letters on my cutting board! =)

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  56. Happy Birthday!! I hope your garment comes together easily!! i love making clothes for my kids! Read through the directions first! Don’t give up; every piece you sew will look better than the last!!! Vintage patterns are great for learning to sew also. Thanks for the chance to win your fun bundle!!

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  57. sharon

     /  May 12, 2014

    trim your strings and you go along or else you will be sorry

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  58. Happy birthday! My favourite tip is to use the iron on seams. I spent years not bothering, and then couldn’t believe what a difference it made. (Though I still hate using the iron.)

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  59. My favourite tip… walk and stretch often while sewing πŸ™‚
    I love these text prints, thanks!

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  60. Read the directions through twice before starting!!

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  61. Aileen O'Keefe

     /  May 12, 2014

    Measure twice, cut once! Works for sewing and carpentry. Happy birthday πŸ™‚

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  62. Aileen O'Keefe

     /  May 12, 2014

    Also, I’m a new follower. Thanks!

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  63. Happy Birthday….I quilt more than clothes although this summer I will be getting back into some clothing sewing for my little grand daughters…but in both cases.. PRESS PRESS PRESS. press open seams, closed seams, stitch lines…just press to keep things all straight and nice!
    Found you on the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway!

    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com
    coffeebreakwhatever(at)yahoo(dot)com
    http://www.fabricandmemories.com

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  64. Grippy gloves and a supreme slider for FMQ are wonderful!

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  65. Karen C.

     /  May 12, 2014

    Wear a rotary cutting glove….I’m a bit clumsy, and I’ve saved a few finger tips this way.

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  66. Always Pin!

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  67. It’s not a secret, as I see everyone else saying it – but press, press, press. The emphasis there is really for me because I am not a good presser at all πŸ™‚ But it does make a big difference with clothes – what little experience I have. Best wishes for your birthday!

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  68. Happy Birthday! One of my favorite things is heat press for putting batting together. I hope you have an awesome day.

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  69. Victoria

     /  May 12, 2014

    Quilting gloves are very useful for putting in zippers and sewing through many layers of fabric. I like the white ones because dyes never rub off onto my project. Happy Birthday!

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  70. Kathleen O'Grady

     /  May 12, 2014

    What adorable fabrics, love the Macaroon print! I am going to say what several have already said…but it is so true…..measure twice cut once. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. I always make sure my measurements are correct before I cut. I’ve messed up quite a few things and had to throw them away.

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  72. Mary

     /  May 12, 2014

    love this bundle, what a nice birthday present to shar. I gave up sewing clothing, it’s qults and small projects for me πŸ˜‰

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  73. Happy Birthday Hannah! Believe it or not, my favorite tip is “Right sides together”. It is easier as a dressmaker to get this right, but I sometimes mess up when I paper piece my quilt blocks. (It was fun to read the other tips… thanks for that list.)
    Thanks for the chance to win – love your choices.
    Hugs

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  74. Catrin

     /  May 12, 2014

    If your going to be tackling a zip tack it by hand first before letting the sewing machine loose”

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  75. Patience! Patience! Patience! PATIENCE! I’ve been sewing for years and getting antsy (and subsequently going too fast) always gets me. πŸ˜›

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  76. Catrin

     /  May 12, 2014

    I follow via bloglovin x

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  77. FB follower

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  78. Karen K

     /  May 12, 2014

    Love spray basting my quilts. Quick and easy on the knees!!

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  79. I don’t have a whole lot of tips & tricks. I just end up sewing things by hand if I reach a rough spot (can’t get things to line up, can’t get a zipper in like I want, etc.)

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. And I signed up to follow πŸ™‚

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. Brenda Hulsey

     /  May 12, 2014

    My tip would be to read and re-read the directions!

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  82. Brenda Hulsey

     /  May 12, 2014

    I signed up for your email.

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  83. don’t mind the undo business… at the end you will be happier having undone and redone and a fitting dress

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  84. haliegirl

     /  May 12, 2014

    It’s been said already, but *make a muslin!* it’s so important to make sure you get the fit just the way you want it before you cut into your nice fabric.

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  85. When it comes to dressmaking, I always try to remember “Measure twice, cut once.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve messed up with the cutting!

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  86. Wind several bobbins before beginning a new project.

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  87. Pin pin pin, even when it’s too annoying to pin.

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  88. Happy birthday! My best tip is to make sure your presser foot is up before rethreading your machine.

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  89. Ella

     /  May 12, 2014

    Take a break when you’re tired. It’s not worth pressing through if you make a careless mistake that takes HOURS to deal with afterwards.

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  90. lots of starch

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  91. Hayley

     /  May 12, 2014

    My best sewing tip is to take your time and go slowly. I always stuff things u when I rush

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  92. SS

     /  May 12, 2014

    Happy Birthday! My tip is to change your needle often.

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  93. Those are gorgeous fabrics! A very Happy Birthday! The best tip is to sew what you love πŸ™‚

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  94. Sasha

     /  May 12, 2014

    If you’re going to lick the thread lick the needle (carefully) as well. The two seem to act like a magnet.

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  95. Stop sewing when you feel tired, I always start to pay less attention and make more mistakes and then it just isn’t fun anymore when you constantly have to use the seam ripper. πŸ™‚ many thanks for your giveaway!

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  96. Anything sewn after midnight will be ripped out by noon!

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  97. I like to serge (or zig zag on a normal machine) the edges of all my dress pieces before sewing them together so the fabric doesn’t fray when washed.

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  98. My favorite tip is to turn over your rotary mat to extend it’s life. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. Pat V.

     /  May 12, 2014

    Never cut fabric early in the morning or late at night. This is mistake time…at least in my house!

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  100. My best tip is when you have to do a back stitch use a small stitch length and it wont show as much πŸ™‚

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  101. Putting zippers into bags is much easier if you use a glue stick to baste, and make sure to heat set the glue before sewing.

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  102. I’m now a follower.

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  103. Amy Forkner

     /  May 12, 2014

    I am new to the sewing/quilting world and have recently discovered that the walking foot for my machine is the best thing ever! I use it most of the time and it helps keep everything nice and straight.

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  104. Margaret

     /  May 12, 2014

    When making a clothing item for the first time, make a muslin so you can see where adjustments need to be made, because you almost always need to make adjustments to the pattern.

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  105. Katie

     /  May 12, 2014

    Press all seams

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  106. My favourite tip was to get a hera marker for finger pressing seams as you go!

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  107. Take your time, enjoy!

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  108. Don’t forget to press!!

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  109. Following on Bloglovin!

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  110. Press every seam!

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  111. Subscribed to your email.

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  112. Those fabric are so cute. The newest thing I came across is sewing HST without marking first. You put a piece of tape down on sewing machine with the marking. Sorry I can’t remember where it’s from on the top of my head but I know you can google it. Since that was really like half a tip I’ll try at one more, piping makes everything look better.

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  113. PRESS PRESS PRESS!

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  114. Sarah

     /  May 12, 2014

    measure twice, write it down , then measure again just to make sure πŸ™‚

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  115. Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday too – happy, happy birthday! Sewing tip…..I use painters tape to mark the quarter inch mark or the 5/8 inch mark on my sewing machine. It really helps to keep fabric lined up! blessings, marlene

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  116. Mom C

     /  May 12, 2014

    If you get frustrated, walk away. It isn’t really as hard as you think it is. Thanks

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  117. maggielou

     /  May 12, 2014

    I think my favorite is measure twice and cut once. sometimes I forget this so I need to make a sign that says it.

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  118. maggielou

     /  May 12, 2014

    I follow your blog

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  119. Lee

     /  May 12, 2014

    With dress making read all of the pattern before you start! Make notes on areas you find confusing! thanks!

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  120. Don’t sew over pins! Have fun with your giveaway. πŸ™‚

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  121. I like your Facebook page.

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  122. Linda Webster

     /  May 13, 2014

    Don’t keep using a rotary cutter with a dull blade. You’ll be amazed at the difference a new blade will make.

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  123. Julie in WA

     /  May 13, 2014

    Be accurate is what I learned from my mother; I sure learned how to be accurate after she introduced me to the seam ripper!

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  124. Tanya

     /  May 13, 2014

    I always keep my seam ripper nearby and make sure you’re using the right sized needles.

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  125. NancyM

     /  May 13, 2014

    Make a muslin, so you don’t waste precious fabric (like the macarons)!

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  126. I try to remember that it really is all just fabric, and there will always be more of it so not going all crazy when things don’t work out is the most sane route to go πŸ™‚

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  127. I agree with the measure twice, cut once– especially as it comes to your body! I also supplement this with “Look for online reviews to see if it runs large/small for fitted clothing!” I remember I made an outfit, it looked beautiful, but the sash wasn’t long enough and it came *really* low on the bust. Things that were mentioned in an online review I found later! I was sick, I’d made it with french seams and beautiful insides and everything!

    The fabrics look lovely, and you’re absolutely right to adore the macaroon print!!

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  128. Anne-Marie B.

     /  May 13, 2014

    For dress making, press your seams open! And make sure to cut on the straight of grain!

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  129. Janie

     /  May 13, 2014

    Check your 1/4 seams while you are quilting would be my tip. Thanks for the chance.

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  130. brookechurch

     /  May 13, 2014

    Make a muslin to check the fit!

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  131. Sarah Clemons

     /  May 13, 2014

    Make a prototype from muslin first if you are unsure much cheaper if you make a mistake

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  132. Sarah Clemons

     /  May 13, 2014

    Following via email thanks

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  133. What adorable fabric! I think my favorite tip is ENJOY sewing, it’s supposed to be fun, don’t let it become another source of stress in your life.

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  134. flutefishy

     /  May 13, 2014

    Learn to sew an accurate seam!

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  135. Don’t sew while sleepy.

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  136. My favourite tip: measure everything twice before cutting!

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  137. Joyce Carter

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the giveaway.
    My best advice to give you is to just take your time and enjoy what you are doing. If you get stressed out, you are not going to want to try another project.

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  138. Cara

     /  May 13, 2014

    After a few disasters mine is measure twice cut once….or measure 6 times and double check the pattern….and cut once.

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  139. Libby

     /  May 13, 2014

    For dressmaking, I have an unconventional hint – ask a guy ! ( In my case, my trusty husband). When I’m reading through the steps there is invariably one part that doesn’t make sense, and if I ask my hubby, he usually works through it mechanically and can explain to me how the parts will eventually fit together. May not be necessary for everyone but it’s required for me πŸ™‚

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  140. Susan Solberg

     /  May 13, 2014

    My tip – Always press! I didn’t always do so, and couldn’t figure out why things didn’t line up. Now that I always press (over and over) it comes out much better!

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  141. Your iron is your friend – press, press, PRESS!

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  142. Lori Morton

     /  May 13, 2014

    I agree with take a break when tired… I always say “Measure twice..or more..and cut once!” lol yep..ask how I learned that one! giggle

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  143. Lori Morton

     /  May 13, 2014

    Am following thru Email πŸ™‚

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  144. Jordan L

     /  May 13, 2014

    Keep a seam ripper close by but not close to others! I tend to be angry when I pull mine out, best to keep your space!

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  145. When you start making mistakes, it’s time to stop and take a break.

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  146. sandra Mason

     /  May 13, 2014

    get a rolling cutter and mat, otherwise you get sore wrists!!!

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  147. Leslie Schmidt

     /  May 13, 2014

    I really don’t like using tissue paper patterns, but it helps somewhat to iron the paper to reduce the wrinkles.

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  148. Sandy K

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy Birthday! Start a new project with a new needle.

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  149. Vicki H

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy Birthday. When sewing clothing, I always read the pattern before cutting any pieces out.

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  150. when they say the rotary blades are SHARP, they MEAN IT!!!

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  151. cdahlgren2013

     /  May 13, 2014

    My sewing tip is to pick a really, really easy pattern, because I don’t know how to sew clothing.

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  152. cdahlgren2013

     /  May 13, 2014

    Following you by email.

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  153. Stacy Alfano

     /  May 13, 2014

    Pressing and topstitching is the key to making professional looking clothes, in my opinion! πŸ™‚

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  154. Stacy Alfano

     /  May 13, 2014

    I follow you through email!

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  155. I read a very poignant and yet obvious tip the other day (in relation to dress making for myself): cotton billows, knits drape. Why didn’t I think of that before embarking on many-a-cotton dress?

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  156. Amy

     /  May 13, 2014

    Measure at least twice! Thanks!

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  157. Annette

     /  May 13, 2014

    Step away for a bit if you get frustrated.

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  158. Kathy Davis

     /  May 13, 2014

    My favorite tip is to press, press, press!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  159. Melanie Sim

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy birthday, Hannah! My favourite tip is for quilting, it’s to do nested seams wherever possible to match points. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  160. dfnebossymamma

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read the pattern thoroughly before doing anything else. Hope you had a great birthday.

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  161. dfnebossymamma

     /  May 13, 2014

    Following via Bloglovin

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  162. Happy birthday! Play with your scraps. It is a lot of fun.

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  163. Karen McMahon

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy Birthday! My favorite tip is to take pictures when laying out blocks for a quilt so you can remember how to assemble it.

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  164. Measure, measure, measure and use lots of pins.

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  165. Dawn

     /  May 13, 2014

    If it’s a complicated pattern or hard to fit, make a muslin mock-up first to ensure it will fit.

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  166. Happy birthday! I am in paper piecing at the moment. So I would say, check twice if you add the fabrics the right way. smile!

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  167. Shelby Jarrell

     /  May 13, 2014

    I am a newbie and my favorite thing I have learned so far is measure twice and cut once.

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  168. wendyhatton

     /  May 13, 2014

    Use your iron as you go. Pressing will give a nice professional finish every time.

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  169. wendyhatton

     /  May 13, 2014

    I’m following this blog

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  170. Fran

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy birthday! My tip is to change your rotary blades & sewing machine needles regularly. Thanks for the great giveaway, these are really beautiful fabrics.

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  171. Fran

     /  May 13, 2014

    I’m a new follower via email subscription, thanks.

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  172. Donna Phelps

     /  May 13, 2014

    Always keep an iron on to press your work as you go.

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  173. Put your pins in along the edge (sticking out at 90 degrees to your fabric) so you can grab them easier as you sew towards them
    Misspbar at hotmail.com

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  174. Don’t spill your beer on your sewing table!

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  175. Saira

     /  May 13, 2014

    For me its keeping to that pesky 1/4 inch seam. Thanks for the chance

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  176. Valerie Boudier

     /  May 13, 2014

    There are no quilt police – it’s your quilt, do what suits you valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  177. Valerie Boudier

     /  May 13, 2014

    Follow you by email valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  178. My favourite tip is: Just do it! I try to always encourage my friends to just go for it, thatΒ΄s the best way to learn and usually on is surprised by the result!

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  179. Bec

     /  May 13, 2014

    My tip for dressmaking is to trim the threads as you go. I used to leave them to the end and would be finding dangling threads when wearing the garment for weeks afterwards! Lovely giveaway thanks!

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  180. always have a unpicker handy

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  181. wow.. love the cupcake and macaroons fabric.. is so cute. thank you for a chance to win and happy blog-hopping. πŸ˜€

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  182. dress making – stay on the big side, you can always make it smaller once you tried it on …

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  183. Rose

     /  May 13, 2014

    Trust your instinct and have faith in yourself.

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  184. I am just into paperpiecing and my tip. check twice the way you add fabrics. Had to use the ripper quite often….

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  185. I follow per email.

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  186. My advice is to make sure you go by the “finished bust” measurement on the pattern and take your time. Also, I label all the pieces so I know what they are, for example, skirt side left is SSL or SSR for the right. I have a few patterns that have pieces that have slight variations and they’re usually skirts or facings/collars, Good luck! πŸ™‚

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  187. starch everything well

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  188. Lynn Mc

     /  May 13, 2014

    I think the most useful advice is to always square up half square triangles. Accurate sizing makes for perfect work.

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  189. Lisa Marie

     /  May 13, 2014

    Make a test block before cutting the pieces for an entire quilt.

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  190. Chris

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read the pattern over and over and over before you cut.

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  191. Terry D

     /  May 13, 2014

    My “new” tip is spray starch for bias cut fabrics. It keeps half-square triangles in line! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  192. I love using simple glue (the one in the white bar) to help zips stay in place when sewing! thanks for the chance to win.

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  193. Janie

     /  May 13, 2014

    Measure and square up the blocks. Thanks for the giveaway

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  194. Tori Smith

     /  May 13, 2014

    Measure twice, cut once….the golden rule of quilting! There is nothing worse than wasting a treasured scrap by cutting it too small.

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  195. Since I only quilt and do not sew I can’t really give you much advise. I can recommend that before you start sewing, make sure your pins, scissors and measuring tape are close by. I adore Japanese fabric. Just really gorgeous and would really help out my stash – a lot. Thank you for being a part of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway and the chance of winning those Fat Eights.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  196. Change your needle often

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  197. I follow on WordPress

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  198. Jodi Robertson

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read all the instructions before you even buy the fabric or start cutting your stash.

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  199. Read through all the instructions before doing ANYTHING at all that involves scissors and fabric

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  200. Gina C

     /  May 13, 2014

    I don’t have any real tips, but I do think a roll of painters tape can be very useful in a sewing room for many things!

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  201. Gina C

     /  May 13, 2014

    i’m following you through twitter!

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  202. Diane

     /  May 13, 2014

    Relax and enjoy. If you’re not having fun, walk away and come back later.

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  203. Alyce Rodriguez

     /  May 13, 2014

    Pay attention to how you finish the seams in your dress. I’ve had some unraveling at the arm holes on a dress I made because I was too lazy to do a better finish. wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

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  204. I love your giveaway! My tip, especially when sewing garments, is read the instructions all the way through before you start. Then follow them closely as your are sewing.

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  205. angiesue2

     /  May 13, 2014

    I have no tips for dressmaking – I’ve been scrolling through the ones left here! As for quilting, my tip is to relax and enjoy the process — not rush to get more done (that’s why I hand quilt)!

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  206. Emme

     /  May 13, 2014

    Keep your rulers close and seam rippers closer!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  207. Pressing, pressing, pressing lol. It makes such a difference πŸ™‚

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  208. Bekki

     /  May 13, 2014

    Cool, have fun with your dressmaking project. I’m new to it too, so far I’ve made a pair of trousers (which I love) and a pair of knickers! My advice would be to read all of the instructions and try to picture yourself doing each step so you know you understand it before you start cutting or sewing.

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  209. Jenny

     /  May 13, 2014

    i just started using starch…its opened up a new world! thanks for a chance and good luck on dress … happy birthday!

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  210. Favourite sewing tip? Press seams OPEN. πŸ™‚

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  211. Colleen

     /  May 13, 2014

    Keep your fingers away from the needle when you sew.

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  212. Thanks for the chance to win! done is better than perfect

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  213. jane

     /  May 13, 2014

    A great steam iron is a bonus!

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  214. My tip is to use really good pins and if necessary, different pins for different jobs- I am a little obsessed by pins!

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  215. Bonnie

     /  May 13, 2014

    Use really tiny stitches when paper piecing!!!!

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  216. Bonnie

     /  May 13, 2014

    I follow you with Bloglovin’.

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  217. perrymoffitt

     /  May 13, 2014

    Rick rack hides all my screwed up stitches when I get too mad to seam rip!

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  218. Rebecca T

     /  May 13, 2014

    It’s the same advice I use for woodwork: measure twice, cut once! And I mark the starch out of my fabric with disappearing ink! I’d be lost without those pens…

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  219. bee

     /  May 13, 2014

    i like to use post it notes to remind me of cutting dimensions when i have lots of pieces!

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  220. Rebecca T

     /  May 13, 2014

    I follow on FB

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  221. Ruth

     /  May 13, 2014

    Clear your cutting mat before you cut the next thing. Lost some great japanese fabrics by thinking I had clearance 😦
    Happy Birthday!

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  222. Cindy

     /  May 13, 2014

    my tip is have fun and remember there are no mistakes that was all part of plan all along. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  223. hmmm…my favorite tip – enjoy it! Mistakes happen and sometimes it makes the project better in the end because of them! lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com

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  224. My tip is to always wash your fabric I before you sew it I learnt the hard way and now have a dress that is too small. Lovely giveaway

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  225. I am now following you too

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  226. Jeannette

     /  May 13, 2014

    always cut with the grain to keep it straight!

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  227. Hmmm, I’m usually looking for tips, not giving them! πŸ™‚ I guess the most basic tip I have is PIN PIN PIN!

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  228. Jennie

     /  May 13, 2014

    Dressmaking? I’m about to do some myself! Best advice I can think of is to fit the pattern first. If the fabric is expensive stuff, a muslin is a good idea too. Love the macaroon fabric!

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  229. Michelle

     /  May 13, 2014

    Change your needle frequently. It’s amazing what a fresh needle does!

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  230. Besides the good old “Measure twice, cut once” it’s strategic ironing to nest the seams when sewing parts together, it safes a lot of pinning and pulling and adds precision. Thanks for the chance.

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  231. buntyw

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read the instructions at least twice before you start!

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  232. Allison C

     /  May 13, 2014

    Check twice, cut once. I wish I would think about that more often though!

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  233. buntyw

     /  May 13, 2014

    email follower

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  234. stephanie

     /  May 13, 2014

    have not made any dresses but good luck. quilting tip: glue baste the binding!

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  235. Jenny

     /  May 13, 2014

    Happy birthday! I’m definitely with the folks who say change your blade. I am so cheap, but then I always wish I had done it sooner. Thank you so much!

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  236. Nancy R

     /  May 13, 2014

    Enjoyed reading the tips. One I have just started following is: Stop when you are getting tired or frustrated. If you think you can just work through it, it will take twice as long anyway

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  237. Nancy R

     /  May 13, 2014

    I follow by email

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  238. Verna

     /  May 13, 2014

    Take your time and don’t hurry through. I spend all the time I save by hurrying using my seam ripper.

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  239. Love the fabrics…please count me in on the giveaway!

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  240. good luck with the dressmaking! dressmaking, and skirts, are so much fun!

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  241. Wendy

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read the pattern instructions and press well.

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  242. Happy birthday! I’m still just a beginner as far as sewing clothes is concerned, and I found sew-alongs very helpful, especially when the instructions are not so easy to understand for a beginner.

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  243. Madeline

     /  May 13, 2014

    Keep the scissors in contact with the table as you cut the fabric.

    dink_kelly at yahoo dot com

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  244. Leigh Dever

     /  May 13, 2014

    Since I’ve only been quilting for two years now, I suppose my best tip would be to press your fabric BEFORE cutting. It always makes everything much nicer.

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  245. Leigh Dever

     /  May 13, 2014

    I follow by email!

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  246. Michele Timms

     /  May 13, 2014

    Read instructions several times and measure twice cut once!!!

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  247. Krista Bee

     /  May 13, 2014

    definitely read through the pattern before you start! If I try to do something, even if I have made it before, I inevitably mess up. πŸ™‚

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  248. KT

     /  May 13, 2014

    My favorite is always the measure twice, cut once…..and make sure of what size you are cutting! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  249. Margaret Holden

     /  May 13, 2014

    Making sure I have an accurate 1/4 inch seam and proper ironing helps my blocks look good and fit as per the pattern.

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  250. Kristin

     /  May 13, 2014

    For dressmaking, my tip is to make a muslin! It takes more time, but then you know it will (or won’t!) fit right! knw255 at nyu dot edu

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  251. Yvonne

     /  May 13, 2014

    I starch my fabric before I cut it when making a quilt. It makes it so much easier to match seams.

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  252. Patty D

     /  May 13, 2014

    measure twice, cut once

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  253. My favourite sewing tip is to use a glue stick to keep applique in place and not gum up your machine. Much better than trying to pin without making wrinkles!

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  254. for dressmaking my best tip is to buy Swedish Tracing Paper… you can trace the pattern on it so you don’t have to cut the pattern, you can then sew it to try for fit, and then take the stitches out and make any adjustments… wouldn’t be without it!

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  255. My grandmas best tip is that everyone else notices your mistakes much less than you do! Especially now, when so few people sew, so most people who see something you sewed yourself and assume its storebought and lack the sewing knowledge to really critique it anyway!

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  256. Bonnie Larson

     /  May 14, 2014

    Great giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing. Measure twice, cut once…
    bonnielarson58(at)gmail.com

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  257. what fun fabric..thank you. I say measure twice…cut once!

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  258. cdallas

     /  May 14, 2014

    Quilting tip: practice blocks- to figure out any pattern quirks, see which way to press seams, etc. My friend makes her practice blocks in Christmas fabrics and will have a Christmas quilt one day.

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  259. Gillie

     /  May 14, 2014

    Use good rulers that don’t slip.

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  260. Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway πŸ™‚ My favorite must be “always press your seams open!” πŸ™‚ xoxo

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  261. measure twice cut once…best advice that was given to me.

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  262. I am a new follower via FB

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  263. Thanks for chance to win

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  264. I follow on feedly

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  265. Linda

     /  May 14, 2014

    My best tip is to double check everything. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  266. Marianne

     /  May 14, 2014

    Wind three bobbins and when they are used up, clean and oil your machine, repeat.

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  267. Anne Simonot

     /  May 14, 2014

    Hmmm.. Don’t sew late at night, it never works out well for me!

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  268. Anne Simonot

     /  May 14, 2014

    I now follow via email.

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  269. Audrey

     /  May 14, 2014

    Measure twice, recheck to make sure you are cutting the right size, then cut once.

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  270. Christy H

     /  May 14, 2014

    Iron before cutting! I’m horrible at being precise, and that will help. Ha ha.

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  271. Kathy h

     /  May 14, 2014

    Happy birthday. Sewing tip…make sure your seam allowances are accurate.

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  272. Sarah

     /  May 14, 2014

    I know it’s obvious but I still need the reminder… read the directions πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway- the fabrics are lovely!

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  273. My sewing tip: Don’t believe my mother when she tells you that you don’t *really* need interfacing on that. Or you don’t *really* need to iron things. Or …. yeah, can you see where I get my “let’s take this shortcut” attitude from? πŸ™‚ Hee!

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  274. Pauline

     /  May 14, 2014

    My tips would be to read all the instructions before cutting fabric – measure twice and cut once. Thanks for the chance to win – love the macaroon fabric – I will make sure it is stroked everyday!

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  275. Pauline

     /  May 14, 2014

    I follow you on Facebook and via email.

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  276. Susan

     /  May 14, 2014

    My tip would be to read the entire pattern before cutting.

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  277. Pam S

     /  May 14, 2014

    Happy Birthday! And what a generous way to celebrate it! I love this whimsical fabric. My favorite tip is to sew with fabric that you absolutely love. It makes the whole process so pleasurable. Thanks for the chance to win, and happy sewing!

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  278. Jean

     /  May 14, 2014

    Use extra fine thread when doing needle turn appliquΓ©. *✿*Β΄`β€’.ΒΈΒΈ. β˜† β™ͺ β™« β™ͺ – HaPpY BirTHdAyβ€’.ΒΈ.β˜†*✿* *✿*Β΄`β€’.ΒΈΒΈ.β˜†*✿*Β΄`β€’*´¯`β€’.ΒΈΒΈ.β˜†

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  279. My favourite sewing tip comes from my mother – tie off and trim threads as you sew.

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  280. new follower.

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  281. Always buy a bit of extra fabric! πŸ™‚

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  282. Mary D

     /  May 14, 2014

    Using washable glue to glue my bindings down before sewing has given me perfect corners. I practiced on potholder and mug rugs until I got this technique just right for me.

    I made clothes for over 35 years and ventured into boutique children’s clothing. You will enjoy the journey of creating something from the rawest of materials – fabric & thread.

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  283. My best sewing tip is to never think you are more clever than the pattern… until you have followed the pattern thru at least once lol.

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  284. facebook follower

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  285. Make sure you read all the instructions before you start! πŸ™‚ Good luck with your new project!

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  286. Ramona M.

     /  May 14, 2014

    When you are getting frustrated, put down your project and come back to it later.

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  287. baste a line of stitching for any hemline/fold line rather than measuring with a ruler!

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  288. following on instagram

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  289. Lauren aka Giddy99

     /  May 14, 2014

    My BEST tip, is read through the instructions, first, AT LEAST two steps ahead, and check off the steps as you complete them (easier to avoid missing a step, and resume when you are interrupted).

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  290. Lauren aka Giddy99

     /  May 14, 2014

    I’m following via email subscription!

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  291. Get a dressmaker’s dummy as soon as you are able. It makes fitting easy and designing fun.

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  292. I don’t really have any tips. Just try to keep your seam allowance consistent.

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  293. Ali M

     /  May 14, 2014

    If I had good tips I’d be better at sewing.. hmm. So if you suck at accuracy like I do, make your blocks a bit bigger if you can so they don’t end up too small when you trim πŸ˜‰

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  294. Jeannie D

     /  May 14, 2014

    This is a culinary term but applies to the sewing room as well..”Mise en Place”…It is French and basically means have everything you will need in place before beginning your project!

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  295. Karrie Smith

     /  May 14, 2014

    lick the needle and not the thread. ksmith8@emich.edu

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  296. Karrie Smith

     /  May 14, 2014

    i followed your blog ksmith8@emich.edu

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  297. kimberlee

     /  May 14, 2014

    My tip for you is make a muslin from the pattern first so you will know if you need to make any alterations in the pattern when you cut from your pretty fabric.

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  298. Tanya

     /  May 14, 2014

    Thanks for chance to win. Keep seem ripper handy.

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  299. My tip is to put pins in at right angles to the fabric, not along the seam line. Makes them so much easier to see and remove.

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  300. My tip is- put a seam ripper everywhere in the house ( I mean everywhere)- I need it all the time and never find one… πŸ™‚ Many thanks for this great giveaway!

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  301. I’m your follower – myself1977(at)gmail(dot)com

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  302. hehe mine is just to make sure that the pattern pieces are the right way when about to cut πŸ˜› dont ask me how i know

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  303. If ever I am making a dress, I tend to make it a bit on the bigger size, as I can always take it in, but never out – especially after one dress I was really pleased about making, in a gorgeous cerise and black geometrical patterned fabric turned out to be too small and I was certain I’d measure me and it right.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  304. Kathe

     /  May 14, 2014

    Make sure you love it and if it is not what you want rip it out before you go any further

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  305. Mhairi

     /  May 14, 2014

    I fill multiple bobbins before starting to sew, saves time later.

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  306. gccmom

     /  May 14, 2014

    Press after every step!

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  307. Robin

     /  May 14, 2014

    The best tip I’ve learned is using Elmer’s school glue for basting quilt layers together. SOOOO much better than pins!!!

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  308. I think “Read through the ENTIRE pattern before starting” is a good one to live by, even though sometimes it’s hard.

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  309. It’s from woodworking but “measure twice cut once” has served me well for a long time. πŸ™‚

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  310. Favourite garment sewing tip: Press! πŸ™‚ Makes all the difference for a nicely finished garment.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  311. I follow via BlogLovin’ – CraftyHourMom. Thank you!

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  312. catskillquilter

     /  May 14, 2014

    Read the pattern all of the way through before you pick up your scissors! Jeannie D’s tip on Mise en Place is excellent!

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  313. The best tip is to iron all my fabrics before cutting, and then Measure twice, cut once

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  314. i am a new follower via bloglovin

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  315. Kay

     /  May 14, 2014

    I say press and starch often.

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  316. Trae Flesher

     /  May 14, 2014

    Use Clover fork pins for matching seams and perfect points! TraeFlesher@hotmail.com

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  317. Trae Flesher

     /  May 14, 2014

    I follow on instagram. TraeFlesher@hotmail.com

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  318. ashley

     /  May 14, 2014

    I would say Measure twice, cut once is the best advice, but some days I feel like it should be drink coffee, measure twice, cut once.

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  319. Cindy Weaver

     /  May 14, 2014

    Don’t try for perfection, just do it

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  320. Cindy Weaver

     /  May 14, 2014

    I followed you. Thanks!

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  321. Something I recently thought of to keep track of my solids it to write the manufacturer and color on the selvedge so I know what to buy if I need more. I wish I would have thought of that sooner!

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  322. Happy birthday! Measure yourself – twice! Then be extra careful when cutting out your fabric, and do not rush!

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  323. I follow you through fb!

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  324. Always buy the highest quality fabric and thread. It totally stinks to put a bunch of time and effort into something that will not last or wear well.

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  325. Sarah

     /  May 14, 2014

    My favorite sewing tip: never sew when you’re tired!

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  326. M

     /  May 14, 2014

    For me, it’s ‘check before you trace and/or cut’ hahaha

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  327. Thanks so much for the giveaway. My sewing tip… If a fabric speaks to you, don’t ignore it! =) Also, avoid (easing in) sleeves at all costs… or is that just me? πŸ˜‰

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  328. “measure twice, cut once” is a great one – also, always read the directions, even when you are sure you know what you are doing!

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  329. Use 2, or maybe even 3 lines of stitching when gathering a piece of fabric. Seriously, donΒ΄t be stubborn like me, believe patterns and just do it. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats! πŸ™‚

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  330. Use quality thread, I recommend Aurifil

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  331. I am a follower

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  332. JoanG

     /  May 14, 2014

    When you become frustrated or begin making mistakes, step away from the sewing machine! Take a break and come back to it when you feel fresher.

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  333. Alexis

     /  May 14, 2014

    My favourite tip is still “Measure twice, cut once.” Saves many heartaches and headaches.

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  334. My tip is to take a break when something goes wrong and come back to it later.

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  335. Always keep your seam ripper close.

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  336. Change your needle often, and clean and oil your sewing machine regularly.

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  337. following on bloglovin

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  338. Use a ballpoint needle if you sew knits πŸ™‚

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  339. I follow you πŸ™‚

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  340. april

     /  May 14, 2014

    Change my sewing needle with every project (nibblet42@aol.com)

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  341. Measure twice and CUT once, ooops!

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  342. Marti

     /  May 14, 2014

    Keep your rotary cutter blade covered! The hubs didn’t believe me when I told him it was sharp. blackflowersacidrain(at)gmail(dot)com

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  343. Marti

     /  May 14, 2014

    I follow via email blackflowersacidrain(at)gmail(dot)com

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  344. Emily T

     /  May 14, 2014

    Starting off with little girl’s dresses was perfect for me. Less fabric, and a less critical audience πŸ™‚

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  345. Connie Rodriguez

     /  May 14, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. My tip would be to measure twice and then cut, I speak from experience and ran out of fabric

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  346. kim t.

     /  May 14, 2014

    sorry, no good tips here! I’m learning, too!!

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  347. Use sharp scissors. thanks

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  348. Extra fabric! Best luck and a happy day!

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  349. Following by email

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  350. Raina DelRio

     /  May 15, 2014

    My tip is always buy more fabric than what the pattern calls for. That way if you mess up or run out, you will not run the chance of the fabric being sold out.

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  351. Raina DelRio

     /  May 15, 2014

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail

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  352. I am a new quilter… I don’t have tips to give… but I am learning a lot reading the other comments πŸ™‚ thanks for the chance to win

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  353. Kayla

     /  May 15, 2014

    Thanks for the chance! My tip is something I shouldn’t need to pay attention to anymore, but it still is – right-sides together!

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  354. Hayley

     /  May 15, 2014

    Double check your measurements. hayleymstephens at gmail dot com

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  355. when you’re sewing a dart, reduce your stitch length about an inch from the point of the dart (always start sewing darts at the legs). after you sew through the point, put the needle back into the fabric about half an inch down, in the body of the dart, & stitch about half an inch. the tiny stitches will secure your dart so you don’t have to fuss with tying knots.

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  356. DebbieK

     /  May 15, 2014

    For either, I’d say ironing the seams. I’ve seen work not ironed and it’s not the same!

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  357. TanyaJS

     /  May 15, 2014

    Take your time! Now if I would only listen to that advice!

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  358. bag your fabrics with a copy of the project picture or pattern that your bought them for. Memories get fuzzy. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  359. I follow you on WordPress and on Facebook. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  360. My only tip is to take your time, especially if the pattern doesn’t make sense… read it over before doing anything drastic (like cutting!!) πŸ™‚

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  361. You can’t rush a good thing. Really, don’t rush. It’s my biggest problem when sewing. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  362. Jan

     /  May 15, 2014

    The best thing I can tell you is to not be afraid to try.

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  363. Jill R

     /  May 15, 2014

    I think reading through the entire pattern before starting is key πŸ™‚ and happy birthday!

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  364. Debra Lee

     /  May 15, 2014

    You can always take something in but letting it out is another store!

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  365. Debra Lee

     /  May 15, 2014

    Following on Facebook!

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  366. Best tip: Have fun!

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  367. My tip: make the garment using muslin first so you can make any necessary adjustments before cutting into your expensive fabric!

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  368. I followed you on Bloglovin’.

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  369. Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ Use more pins than you think necessary when basting a quilt!

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  370. The best tip I can leave you in relation to dress making is – read the entire pattern through before you start making it regardless if you are a newby to dressmaking or a Pro dressmaker.

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  371. wigglypup

     /  May 15, 2014

    My tip would be to read the pattern all the way through before you start! Thanks for the chance to win!
    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  372. wigglypup

     /  May 15, 2014

    I follow you through Bloglovin.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  373. Tammi

     /  May 15, 2014

    Always start a new project with a new needle.

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  374. rebmara

     /  May 15, 2014

    My best tip when sewing with a deadline (whether it is a gift or a costume needed to be worn on a specific day) is to start in time. Now I just need to act to my own advice πŸ˜‰

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  375. I use Elmer’s Glue instead of pins on some projects. It has really improved my accuracy on certain quilt blocks!

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  376. Helen

     /  May 15, 2014

    Measure twice, cut once. And if I followed it, it might be better still !!!

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  377. Joanna

     /  May 15, 2014

    My tip is to measure twice cut once.

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  378. Sue

     /  May 15, 2014

    Measure, Measure, And measure again……. before making that first cut, that is!

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  379. Susan

     /  May 15, 2014

    I don’t have a favorite tip, but the most useful one is press each step of the way.

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  380. Peggy Gibbs

     /  May 15, 2014

    I always keep my seam ripper handy-LOL.

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  381. Beth

     /  May 15, 2014

    Be very careful with one way prints – I accidently made pants with the design going opposite ways on each leg.

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  382. Dana Cargill

     /  May 15, 2014

    I found it easier to learn to make clothing for someone besides myself.

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  383. I am sewing a dress for the first time in years. My tip is to make a muslin of the bodice before cutting your good fabric!

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  384. Julia

     /  May 15, 2014

    Follow all the steps accurately!
    Thanks for a chance to win! julia(dot)glotova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  385. Danijela Milosevic

     /  May 15, 2014

    .Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.Have a lovely week.

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  386. Allison D

     /  May 15, 2014

    glue basting is your friend

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  387. No sewing when tired! I need reminding of this one often!

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  388. Chiska

     /  May 15, 2014

    Slow down. That’s the best sewing advice I’ve ever had.

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  389. jayardi

     /  May 15, 2014

    β€’ β€’ β€’ Basting stitches are easier to take out.

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  390. Michelle miller

     /  May 15, 2014

    I live and breathe measure twice cut once…learnt this the lard way

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  391. PIn, pin. pin! And double check that you are sewing right sides together. It’s sad how many times I’ve been in a hurry and sewed it wrong. =)

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  392. Beth T.

     /  May 15, 2014

    Oh my gosh, your favorites are my favorites! But I’ve never seen that particular text print in orange. Love it. Here’s a tip I’m trying to follow: wind extra bobbins before you start. I hate winding bobbins in the middle, just like I hate finding the car’s gas tank on empty.

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  393. Beth T.

     /  May 15, 2014

    I’m a new follower via email.

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  394. breannaS

     /  May 15, 2014

    My best advice never sew when you are tired just walk away!

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  395. breannaS

     /  May 15, 2014

    I am a new blog follower.

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  396. Oh–Good luck! I like to make clothes, but a tip might be–finish seams more than you think you need to.

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  397. I have a very small sample of the macaron fabric– I’d love to give it a big sister so I could dare to use it! my favourite tip is to keep the iron clean, and I do this by spraying compressed air into the sides of the iron until all the dust/fibers fly out. It’s amazing!

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  398. Have you seen the picture of sewing tips from the 1940’s. One was very good one. “Do dishes before sewing, you will enjoy it so much more.”

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  399. I followed you via WP reader.

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  400. Change your rotary blades often!

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  401. I’m a novice so all I can offer is a safety tip form my limited experience – keep your hands BEHIND the blade of your brand new rotary cutter and don’t run it towards the web space of your free hand!

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  402. Hmm… my tip would be to pick a project that is manageable for your skill level, so you don’t get discouraged, but challenging enough so you don’t get bored.

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  403. sara k

     /  May 16, 2014

    I’m super new, but one thing that helped me start was practicing straight, 1/4″ line son lined, then blank, paper.

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  404. sara k

     /  May 16, 2014

    Following in WP!

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  405. Tamie

     /  May 16, 2014

    When piecing, a precise seam allowance is important. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day.

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  406. Tamie

     /  May 16, 2014

    I’m following via BL.

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  407. One thing I’ve done that really helps keep my cutting accurate is add those little sandpaper circles to the backs of my acrylic rulers. christyjones(at)purdue(dot)edu

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  408. I’m also following your blog! christyjones(at)purdue(dot)edu

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  409. quilterpt

     /  May 16, 2014

    Ohh what great fabric. I haven’t seen the sweet macaroon one, and I guess because it Japenese!! Happy Birthday to you. One good sewing tip is read all the directions before starting….

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  410. My advice is going to be multifaceted because I’m just that way. First of all, read and make sure you understand what you are doing (as well as you are able). Second, take it slow and easy if it’s something new. Third, if you make a mistake or do something you don’t like, take it out. You’ll never regret ripping, but your mind will always know where that screw-up is. And, not a contradiction to the third point, don’t be a perfectionist. You can see things from 6 inches away that a rider on a galloping horse would never see, as someone once told me. With quilting and needlework in particular, it is the human touch that counts, and those little “flaws” are the traces of our selves that we leave in our work. If only we could leave them there permanently. BIG BIG LAUGH. Last, have someone you trust — a friend, a shop owner, a teacher, who isn’t afraid to tell you when something really sucks and you need to do something different.

    And my best advice of all — don’t take any of the advice anyone gives you seriously.

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  411. Anyone who sews a vows to read 52 books a year has to have things in common with me, so I’m following you on the WordPress gizmo, I think. Somehow I am following you — your blog tells me so. Think I’ll add Google+ to be on the safe side. You are too interesting to lose track of.

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  412. Just signed up for your blog via e-mail.

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  413. Following on FB too!

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  414. My best clothing advice is pin the pattern and fit it to the person first. Be sure the darts, pleats, or tucks are in the right place, the shoulders hit correctly and the waist is in the right place before you cut any fabric.
    Happy Birthday!

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  415. Pre

     /  May 16, 2014

    Make a muslin first. Measure twice, cut once.

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  416. My favourite tip is ”read all the instructions first before cutting”!

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  417. Happy birthday! I follow you on Facebook!

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  418. Amy B

     /  May 16, 2014

    My tip would be “think before you cut”

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  419. Amy B

     /  May 16, 2014

    I’m a new blog follower via FB

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  420. April G

     /  May 16, 2014

    I know it’s already been said, but my favorite is “measure twice, cut once”. Man, I have to remind myself of that ALL THE TIME. I have had to toss fabric because I mismeasured, and it’s awful.

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  421. Teresa W

     /  May 16, 2014

    I wish I had some good sewing tips…but all I got is…”if all else fails, look it up on YouTube.”

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway

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  422. Teresa W

     /  May 16, 2014

    I follow your blog.

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  423. Carla G

     /  May 16, 2014

    I always say “Measure twice, cut once!” πŸ™‚

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  424. jorobexeter

     /  May 16, 2014

    jump in and have a go – dont worry too much about it being perfect

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  425. My best tip is to use the rotary cutter for cutting dress patterns – so fast so simple, much better than scissors. Thank you for the lovely giveaway love Yuwa and First of Infinity fabrics!

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  426. Pam Perkins

     /  May 16, 2014

    I do best when I read through all the directions first before I start. I don’t always do this, but I should.

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  427. Pam Perkins

     /  May 16, 2014

    I follow your blog. pamperkins@twc.com

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  428. Jackie W

     /  May 16, 2014

    Instructions are the key! Good Luck.

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  429. I always recommend holding your thread tails when you begin sewing to avoid birds nests on the back! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  430. Sonya

     /  May 16, 2014

    I recommend reading through a pattern all the way before starting a project. Seems obvious, but I didn’t always do it.

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  431. Michelle Smith

     /  May 16, 2014

    My favorite sewing tip is to use washable glue sticks on stretchy fabrics

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  432. Michelle Smith

     /  May 16, 2014

    I follow on instagram

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  433. If you are a quilter – google Camille Roskelly Craftsy Frog Tape, best tip ever!!
    happierthanabird at gmail.com

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  434. Always read the instructions twice!

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  435. Charity Almer

     /  May 16, 2014

    Hmm.. best tip is take your time and focus on what your doing. And be prepared to have to undo something lol

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  436. Lorinda Davis

     /  May 16, 2014

    My favorite bit of quilting advice is to PRESS seams, not iron them!

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  437. My favorite sewing tip- keep a seam ripper within reach at all times. Don’t ask me how I discovered this pearl of wisdom πŸ˜‰

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  438. Nancysue

     /  May 16, 2014

    safety glasses when sewing…I use some really nice Mike Holmes glasses from Home Depot. They’re not your daddy’s safety goggles!

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  439. Nancysue

     /  May 16, 2014

    I follow your blog via bloglovin

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  440. Ruth A Whitehouse

     /  May 16, 2014

    Stay calm and grab the seam ripper!!!

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  441. measure, measure, and measure again!

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  442. PATIENCE. I get so excited to see the end result that I sometimes screw something up, haha.

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  443. Diane Bowron

     /  May 16, 2014

    Keep your sewing area tidy! Much easier to find things.

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  444. Press as you go, everything looks much better with the seams all pressed.

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  445. Amazing giveaway! Would LOVE to win! I love your blog posts!

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  446. Alison

     /  May 17, 2014

    Take your time and don’t sew under pressure.

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