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Hey all im new here, so thought I would jump straight in and find out a bit more about you lovely people. I started sewing around a year ago and I LOVE it. BUT there is one part of the process that I can NOT stand and thats cutting the paper pattern, and marking fabric (silly i know seeing as its probably THE most important part) and was wondering what you dislike most?

I do love to drape on my dummy, I can spend hours just messing around, so i would say that is my favourite of all? just wish with all this messing around i could actually learn to make patterns from it lol
Whats your favourite part?


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    Feb 2, 2010, 02.40 AMby sew4my3

    Hello and welcome! I really like all aspects of sewing, except for the cutting or tracing of a pattern. It really seems like the lull in the whole process of creativity.

    On the other hand, I really enjoy the planning of a creation. Finding the right design and buying the fabric really gets me going.

    Now there is one aspect of sewing that I am not sure where to place, like or dislike, and that is the fitting process. Sometimes, I am excited about trying the fit of a garment and other times I don’t want to take the time and just get on with the project. To do the later is garment suicide in most cases! Fitting can sometimes be exciting when your able to see how the fabric will drape and fit. It can really make excitement pour through my veins and get me to finish the item in record time! LOL

    What great questions and thanks for joining in to our community! If you ever need anything please feel free to contact me on my wall or contact button on my profile. I am the “Discussions Manager” and will do my best to find an answer to your issue. Happy sewing!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 03.14 AMby mlssfshn

    I’d say I like cutting the least, but from all the UFO’s (un finished objects) you would think all I liked was the cutting! I like fitting as I’m sewing. When I was single, and without children, I would sew in my underwear. I could slip things on as I sewed them up to see my progress and fit, without having to stop and take my clothes off! It was exciting to see the garment come together and how the fit changed through each step. Now that I don’t have that luxury anymore, I would have to say I’m torn between stitching and pattern making. I love solving puzzles and that’s what pattern making is for me, figuring out how the pattern is drafted to create the drape of a garment. Then stitching it up to see how accurately my draft was.

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      Feb 2, 2010, 06.35 AMby numedezyne

      Why stop sewing in your underwear!!!!!! when kids are in bed i bet itll make your partner suddenly take an interest in sewing he he ( sorry if that offended you just couldnt help myself) I once sewed in my underwear and accidentally left web cam running with my boyfriend next thing I know he walks into the house and …. i didnt get much sewing done ha ha x x

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      Feb 2, 2010, 04.58 PMby mlssfshn

      That’s funny, no offense taken. Maybe when my 19 month old is older and he gets on a normal sleep schedule right now he’s staying up till 11 at night, and getting up around 8, he usually wakes up for an hour in the middle of the night as well. He only takes about 1 and a half nap. I’ve never seen a kid with so much energy!

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      May 25, 2010, 12.16 PMby rogue-cellist

      I bet my 22 month old would give your 19 month old a run for his money!
      I used to sew in my underwear too… and my husband has complained that I’ve stopped doing it lol.

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    Feb 2, 2010, 06.46 PMby numedezyne

    my baby boy is the same. hardly naps durind day, wakes at 5 am n plays in his cot till 7 then goes back to sleep till 9. but he does go to bed at 6 often chatting to himself and playing till around 9. then will wake at11pm for a chat n play until about 12 or 1am. he hardly cries unless he has filled his nappy or has run out of juice. x x

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      Feb 2, 2010, 08.24 PMby mlssfshn

      My son is a very happy baby as well. In fact while I was reading this he was in my lap and kissed your avatar picture! Did I mention, he’s also a big flirt!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 01.09 AMby chanelleaj

    absolutely hate pinning, cutting and transfering pattern marks…lol just about all of it. I love the sewing part, learning new technques and the almighty satisfaction when your project is complete…ahhh!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 01.51 AMby misssylver

    It’s not so much the process I dislike as much as the ‘help’ I get from the various forms of animal life around the house. The cats think anything to do with sewing is great fun especially Black Cat whose dainty little paws suddenly appear on the pedal with great force as soon as I have stopped using it.

    The dogs are also hugely irritating in that if they can walk across it with muddy paws they will which then causes the paper to rip.

    Don’t even get me started on their hair or my father in law either…

    Then again I don’t think I could sew without them. Or sleep. Or cook come to think of it.

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      May 25, 2010, 12.19 PMby rogue-cellist

      I get altogether too much feline “help” too but in my case it’s more when little kitten takes off with some vital thing- like the just wound bobbin for example and wraps the furniture in the kitchen in thread…
      I still haven’t found my tape measure.

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      May 26, 2010, 09.46 PMby aceshey18

      My cat also loves tape measures! Especially when I have just laid out the fabric on the laminate floor to measure, she runs at it and skids along with the fabric!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 07.43 AMby numedezyne

    aww how sweet lol. mlssfshn

    thank everybody for your replies, guess most peole are not keen on cutting paper patterns and marking them. Good to know I’m not the only one ha ha x

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      Feb 3, 2010, 09.07 AMby katexxxxxx

      I like almost all aspects of sewing except unpicking stuff… Hate having to do that! ESPECIALLY when it’s an error I have made!

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      May 25, 2010, 12.19 PMby rogue-cellist

      I hate unpicking too.

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    Feb 3, 2010, 09.33 AMby numedezyne

    Yeah I agree with you kate, That is more frustrating to me than anything, but I’m gettin used to it, I have to unpick or start again a lot at the moment. x

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    Feb 3, 2010, 09.34 AMby bubbley74

    The bit I hate is picking up all the scraps of cotton from the carpet before hoovering, especially if i have had to open a few seams .Bubbley74

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      Feb 3, 2010, 09.42 AMby numedezyne

      Yes not fun, especially at 4 in the morning lol

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    Feb 3, 2010, 12.09 PMby victors

    I wrap my toddlers feet in selotape and get him run around over the bits on the floor! soon get picked up that way! I hate waiting for my fabric to dry, then ironing it before getting on to the fun part. I have learnt the hard way to wash before sewing. I have pretty dusters!!!!

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      Feb 3, 2010, 12.32 PMby numedezyne

      He HE that’s cruel. But yet very amusing. I may have to give that a go. Only problem is that she has extremely tickly feet so rather than it just being cotton on the floor my bet is that a huge amount of sellotape will join it. Meaning I am back where I started lol

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    Feb 4, 2010, 12.45 AMby sew4my3

    Too funny! Very cute!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 02.50 PMby sweet-saboo

    like many of the prior posts, I also love most of the creative and practical parts of sewing…however, I also have 2 tuxedo boy-cats, who always find themselves in need of constant attention when i start anything that has to do with sewing. They love crinkly pattern paper & feel free to adjust patterns to their liking (in the moment i’ve stepped away from the cutting table to grap a roll of scotch tape for my additions & alterations). They also love to ‘help’ me lay out fabric for cutting a pattern….they’ll be pacing back & forth as i’m ironing the fabric, and if it’s laid out on the floor & i’ve just gotten it folded on the straight grain with no wrinkles, that seems to be the optimal moment for one of them to appear of out nowhere, walk onto said formerly pristinely straight fabric, stretch luxuriously (into the ‘downward dog’ yoga-type stretch), and then roll onto their back in sheer bliss of ignoring offers of cat treats and repeated requests to step away from the fabric. The younger cat also likes to do the ‘indy 500’ thing, occasionally barrelling across any project might possibly be laid out on the floor. When i remember, i try to feed them a ‘second breakfast’ prior to setting out a project, as their naptime can be very productive for pinning, cutting, & et cetera. Also, when i’m at the sewing machine, even for a short period of time, it’s sort of like a tag-team effort for my cats, as they will alternate their constant requests (not kidding, it’s literally one after the other) for food (3rd breakfast please), yet more treats (standard response, “maybe later”), cuddles & conversation, a glass of water, & to be read a story before bed….even if i’ve only got 10 or 20 minutes to sew, i think it’s their way of ‘helping’. It’s so damn cute, although at times it makes things take way longer than anticipated.

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      Feb 4, 2010, 08.42 PMby misssylver

      Thank god, I thought Katexxxxx and I were the only ones with REALLY annoying cats!

      The last time mine tried walking across a pattern I tried to distract him with a bit of material. Epic fail because he now thinks all material is his.

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      Feb 4, 2010, 10.25 PMby katexxxxxx

      I can haz catprints on my fabric again today…

      And last weekend Cornflake nestled down on the half made wool jacket!

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      Feb 5, 2010, 11.33 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      when my cat was a kitten (about 2 years ago), she would love to lay on works in progress, complete with pins! then when she got stuck, she would get up and hiss, stare for a moment, then curl right back up!

      gotta love our silly cats….

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      May 25, 2010, 12.22 PMby rogue-cellist

      this seems to be a common experience for cat owners…

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.25 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    ripping out seam (especially serged ones), cutting out the fabric, and finding out that what i cut out is too small/big.

    what i really love is playing with fabric and making it take shape. it’s very satisfying to see a flat piece of fabric turn into a beautiful dress.

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.29 PMby meaghanlr92

    The things I dislike the most about are putting a new bobbin in the machine, because I somehow can’t do that so my Mom does, and I hate how easily I lose interest in projects sometimes, so they can take a long time for me to finish. Sometimes I sit down and cut out patterns but I don’t like it very much, either – it’s mostly something for me to do if my eyes hurt or I’m bored.

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.48 PMby gedwoods

    Actually, now that you mention it, Meaghanir92, the most, MOST frustrating thing about sewing is rethreading my serger – it generally can’t be done in less than 30 to 40 minutes, and requires turning the air blue with swearing. I have found tricks to avoid the thread breaking as often as it used to (e.g. when changing spools of thread), but I still have to put in the time occasionally and I hate, hate, hate it. Ripping out seams in nothing in comparison – actually, ripping out seams is an opportunity i give myself to do the job better the second time around! I take most of sewing as a “lesson in patience and humility”, it’s one of the things I like about it – I’m forced to slow my heartbeat down and take things philosophically, like ripping seams out or laying out and cutting, or copying pattern elements for the sixth time because I’m still not happy with them…

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      Feb 4, 2010, 10.24 PMby katexxxxxx

      I’m down to 30 seconds a thread on a good day! It really does just take practice, and some days I change the serger thread four or five times.

      Some sergers are easier than others. I love my Bernina 1150MDA, and the Brother 1034D is fab as well, but the Bernie is easier to thread.

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      Feb 5, 2010, 04.54 AMby gedwoods

      So maybe I need to change serger rather than sewing machine!

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      Feb 5, 2010, 10.54 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I’ll add my vote for the Bernina 1150MDA, I love my one, I’m so glad I bought it, I have never looked back :)

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      Feb 5, 2010, 12.25 PMby ichigogirl

      Ooouh…. I recommend Baby Lock Baby Lock Baby Lock!
      Automatical threading (well, not ALL automatic, but all the tricky bits) with compressed air, it’s like magic.
      If you choose to change sergers, do check them out!
      I’m impressed with your patience with ripping out seams…

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      May 3, 2010, 12.27 AMby oscarthegrouch108

      gedwoods, i swear my serger has a mind of its own…..i share the serger with my mom. she can just tie the new thread to the old one and have the serger re-thread itself practically.
      however, when i need to re-thread, the knot trick will not work. it’s like the machine knows that i CAN re-thread it (while my mom can’t really), so it makes me do it the “right way”

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      May 25, 2010, 12.28 PMby rogue-cellist

      your patience with seam ripping is truly amazing but I have to say I have the same problem with my overlocker. Often I have to leave it a day or 2 before it will thread for me. Other times I can just do the tie the knots in the thread and it basically threads itself.
      I’m convinced it’s either suffering from a personality disorder… or posessed!

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    May 2, 2010, 06.03 AMby pambox

    cutting out patterns and marking fabric aren’t my favourite things either, but the thing i like the least is hiding loose threads, because it always seems to take so much longer than i think it should. i know i’ve had a few times where i was trying to finish a project to wear the next day and was kept up late the night before finding and hiding all the loose threads!

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    May 2, 2010, 07.19 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    belive it or not, i HATE sewing on buttons. my most favorite is difficulte, as i really love sewing, but i would say, aside of mashinemboridery i like the most the moment, just a few minutes, before my newest project is about to be finished, and i will try it one for the first time completly done (don’t you all think, that i really can completly change again in the last steps of production and every fitting before does not really show, who the finished project would look like??

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    May 2, 2010, 10.30 PMby Shona McLaren

    I hate cutting and marking, must be a pet hate of dressmakers, also hate the mess I make with all the thread on the carpet and they get into the wheels of my chair!!!! I really love the face of my client at fitting time, just the amazement to see such a beautiful creation out of a bundle of fabric they have given me to work with.

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    May 3, 2010, 10.58 AMby scheryka

    Let’s see: 1. Ironing the paper pattern straight 2. Pinning the paper pattern to the fabric 3. Cutting the fabric is not so bad for me…unless it’s a slinky and single layer 4. Running out of bobbin in the middle of a button hole…I’ve learned the hard way 5. Using the blue marking pen on red or pink…the sye draws in like a magnet…no washout 6. Ripping ripping ripping! And let’s not talk about ripping serged seams! 7. I absolutely can not stand when the thread makes nests under the fabric due to tension problems…the thread pulls, the fabric messes up, …the needle may break…I’m getting a bit emotional…on to the next 8. Oh that was the last thing that I can think of. And to be honest with you, once you have done these things once or more than, you will get the hang of it. Not saying it will never happen again. Because I still sew my zippper on going up one way then down the next…hence an uneven zip! But work at it and sewing will become second skin. Putting on your creation that no one else will have, it fits perfect, the darts arein the right place, the hem is straight, the neck line is exactly where you want it, the waist actually hits you at your waist, etc…, is a very rewarding trophy! Welcome to the sewing community. If you have not already been, make sure you visit www.sewing.patternreview.com. Between this site and that one, I have learned TONS on top of TONS of things about sewing and more. Happy sewing!

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      May 28, 2010, 03.29 AMby jadedrabbit

      Instead of using a marking pen, try using a HB pencil or a water colour pencil. I find using a pencil better, because it will wash out of the garment and hardly ever stains. But remember to do a test on the fabric before you start.

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      May 28, 2010, 11.49 AMby scheryka

      What is an HB pencil? When you say water color, does this mean I can use my kids water makers? Sorry if this is a dumb question. Just want to make sure I am understanding.

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      May 28, 2010, 07.05 PMby jadedrabbit

      Sorry, that I acidentally marked your question as inappropriate. I shouldn’t have done so. That will teach me for using my iPhone for responding. As to what is a HB pencil, HB refers to the hardness of the lead. HB pencils are right in the middle of the scale. B pencils are soft. The higher the number on a B pencil the softer the lead, the darker the line. H pencils are harder. The higher he number on a H pencil the lighter the line.
      When I say warer colour pencils I am refering to the type of water colour pencils used when you use water colour paints. Not childrens water colour paints but the kind that you would purchse from the art store. The Windsor & Newton water colour pencils are good. They are some wherein the price range of a couple of dollars. The three colours that I usually get are black, white, and yellow. The only downfall with using water colours pencils is that if you were to drop one the lead is soft and will fracture inside of the wooden pencil.
      I would recommend using a 2B, HB pencils to start off with, just ask at your local art store, they will be happy to help you. And sorry again for marking your post.

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      May 29, 2010, 12.52 AMby scheryka

      Ok, tht is a lot of information. Now I have to visit the art store and take a look around to see what else I find in there. Thank for the abundance of info. It’s ok about the inappropriate mark. All they would see is a crazy question and wonder why I even asked it. lol Thanks again.

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    May 25, 2010, 12.30 PMby rogue-cellist

    I love designing the item I’m making- combining fabrics and trims and working out exactly what it’s going to look like. I find cutting out boring but once it’s done I’m into another part I like because sewing the item up and making it into something special is very satisfying. And I hate having to go back and undo things when I mess it up.

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    May 25, 2010, 04.42 PMby wzrdreams

    I dislike sewing buttons the most. I have 2 garments that would be finished but for the darned buttons.

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    May 25, 2010, 07.31 PMby sewingninja

    i HATE sewing in zippers. i feel like i am fighting with the garment and wrestling with it just to line the zipper in properly. not to mention i have broken more needles on zippers then i would like to confess to. i think part of this is my impatience as zippers are one of the last pieces of a garment and i get antsy to get it finished

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      May 27, 2010, 09.20 PMby la-scozzese

      I hate zippers too, I know exactly what you mean about fighting with the garment and tomorrow I have three zippers to change heeeeelp

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    May 25, 2010, 07.53 PMby misssylver

    I just wish I had more time at the moment!

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    May 26, 2010, 10.38 AMby scandium

    Things going wrong and unpicking, just like others have said. Also when my sewing machine has a tantrum, or if I break my sewing machine and need to get it fixed.

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    May 27, 2010, 09.42 PMby katensew

    I do not like making curtains !! However I enjoy all other aspects of sewing – whether hand or machine, craft, dressmaking — anything !! But not curtain making !

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    May 28, 2010, 03.38 AMby jadedrabbit

    I simply love the planning, drafting, cutting, and of course sewing of a project. I would have to say that I am all about the process rather than the finished garment. Don’t get me wrong, the finished garment is wonderful. But the sweet beauty of anticipation for what the finished piece will finally look like is great. I guess that I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to making things. Some times I don’t even end up wearing what I have worked so hard in making. But that’s just me.

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    May 28, 2010, 06.44 PMby nehmah

    TO Scheryka; H=Hardness of the graphite center (which may or many not be all graphite) B=blackness of the graphite used. Thanks to Wikipedia for the information. Nehmah

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    May 29, 2010, 07.20 PMby mollyapple


    My first post too here although I’ve been sewing on and off for 18 years mostly dressmaking so hi to all!

    Glad to find most people share my detestation of pinning, cutting and marking! I often wish I could have my pattern in my choice of fabric precut so I can get on with the fun bit! I always have to check and recheck half a dozen times before cutting having cut two right sides of a coat once in a discontinued fabric!

    Niggles are having to move from machine to iron to machine to iron to machine, that gets tedious and I unpicking can be irritating although I try to view as a break from the machine! I love the machine part best, I lose hours at the machine, seeing the garment coming together and using different techniques is so satisfying. I also do repurposing of clothes so love fitting, draping an choosing embellishments and finishing touches.

    I once nearly killed a cat who thought the long length of fabric and crinkly paper was the best toy ever ever ever… I now shut the cats out when I sew. I’m just returning to sewing after having my daughter (9 months now) and hoping I’m not going to have to resort to similar tactics with her. I can’t wait til she’s old enough to start sewing my buttons and threading my elastic casings for me! :-)

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      May 29, 2010, 08.21 PMby misssylver

      You could try the Silas Marner tactic and put her on a bungee cord…

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    Jun 5, 2010, 01.08 AMby mollyapple

    Oh yes, I had forgotten that story, what an inspired idea. What’s more, I think she’d actually find it really fun, especially the bit where she goes catapulting backwards! :-)

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      Jun 5, 2010, 12.35 PMby katexxxxxx

      My son loved the bouncy door swing at that age. Kept him amused for ages while I did sewing stuff.

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    Jun 8, 2010, 08.46 PMby TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    I absolutely despise having to add seam allowance to my BWOF, Patrones, Knipmode, etc, patterns. Why they can’t have seam allowance included is just beyond me.

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    Jun 17, 2010, 05.22 AMby satinandlace08912

    My favorite part of sewing is going shopping the pick the fabric I’m going to sew with! Maybe doesn’t really count, but it’s integral since as your sewing, you see that fabric really come together. It’s very rewarding. My least favorite part is sewing curves T_T, but you know, I bet I’m just missing some awesome but little known to me technique, considering that I practically live under a rock. I’m impatiently awaiting experience apparently!

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