Sep 30, 2009

The Seam Ripper is our BEST FRIEND

I tell my students all the time "there's no mistakes in sewing because we have this great tool called the seam ripper that allows us to pull out our stitches and do them over again. There's not very many art forms that let you have a "do over". The seam ripper is the most important tool a sewists could have. It's so important that when you buy your sewing machine they give you a seam ripper with the accessories.

I follow a wonderful blog called After the Dress. Every Friday Gwen has a confession for us she post on her blog and ask us to confess too. She gathers the answers from all her readers and gives us the stats to the answers on "talk back Thursdays". A few weeks ago I asked her if she would ask how many people have made a sewing project without using a seam ripper. I hear many heavy sighs in class when I hand my students the seam ripper and ask them to do it over again. Last week she asked the question and got some great answers form all kinds of seasoned sewists and instructors.

The first thing we learned - No matter how long you've been sewing there are times when you want to pull out a stitch or two to make it perfect. Sometimes we don't use the ripper to fix mistakes - sometimes we use it for perfection. There's a lot of great answers for the new people starting out in sewing. We also learned you can't have enough seam rippers laying around. Hop on over to Gwen's blog to read all the answers.

The seam ripper: Talk Back Thursday

There are many places we absorb our sewing knowledge. I love reading what other people have to say on their blogs - it teaches us much. I also love reading what they make - that inspires me.

Gwen started her own business over the summer called "Gwyn Hug" She has a great product in her "how much fabric" cards - click on the sidebar of this blog to buy yourself a set. You won't be sorry. It's another wonderful tool to have hanging around in your handbag when you hit the fabric store , you know how much fabric to buy when you see some beautiful fabric and think "that would make a great dress".

Not much time. I have to get myself in the carpool pickup line to pick up the little ones. Then there's homework, dinner and back here to the sewing center for an evening class. Today is the last day of September...poof ...there went that month. Time to make Halloween costumes :)

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy