My first little sewing tip really is, well, little. But it makes a difference, and that's what's important!
Look what I did to my sewing machine:
Yes, we're bridging the Atlantic divide here. It's a chart of metric and imperial seam allowances.
With so many tutorials and patterns online from around the world, not to mention pattern houses based on different continents, I find I'm constantly changing between the two kinds of measurements. I was taught both at school (in the UK), but not being a maths fan I never really took in the imperial stuff. Turns out, now I sew, that I should have paid better attention (eating humble pie before my maths-teacher mum). Those of you in continental Europe were never taught imperial in the first place, of course, and I'm guessing that Americans don't learn metric either. What does one learn in Australia/NZ?? I have no idea.
On my little label I've included not only the converted measurements but also where I should position the needle, foot and fabric. Like I said: small thing, but it saves me having to calculate every single time.
Want one for yourself? Here you go!
You should be able to download it to edit, or just copy and paste into a document so you can update the "fabric alignment" column for your own machine. It's my first time using google docs, so let me know if there are problems.
As ever, happy sewing!
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Kids Clothes Week is coming up soon! I'm prepping and cutting and I suspect there'll be child-related stuff galore coming up over the next week or so. I'm really looking forward to getting into it and seeing what everyone else makes too!