Become a Sewing Super Genius: Small tips that have cut down on the amount of times I have to slap myself in the head and shout “Idiot!”
Join me on my journey to becoming a Sewing Super Genius….*
This is just a quick tip, or, to be more accurate, most likely a reiteration of a tip that you’ve already heard. Have you ever seen the advice to use a little starter square when you’re chain-piecing? Basically, you start your stitches on a scrap rather than the first piece of your quilt block. I’m sure (quite sure in fact, Mom) that my mom passed this little tidbit along to me when I was first starting to quilt a few years ago. I’m also reasonably sure that I’d “forgotten” to use this advice because it takes an extra 2.3 seconds to sew and then cut off that scrap; rest assured it had nothing to do with not wanting to waste the precious inch of fabric. Can I just tell you that this very small step makes a huge difference? Huge. No more scrunched up seam allowances on the first piece of the chain! Really, if you’ve not tried this, do yourself a favor and add a little flag to your next quilt block or strip set or whatever. I already feel just *that* much closer to being a Sewing Super Genius!
[*Target date for achieving SSG status: 2025.]