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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I realize the title of this morning's post "a little discipline" may have sounded like a comment on HP.

Didn't mean that. My opening thought when I opened my eyes this morning was that my machine is off for two weeks in the shop and it will require some discipline from me to focus on cutting, planning, and other non-straight stitch tasks.

But my frustrations with HP's minimal instructions (which really read more like a written list of things to do) remain - despite the fact I don't use most guide sheets (except to look at the pictures to see if I am still on track, like most tactile learners a.k.a sewers).

I love a good instruction sheet - in fact some of my best techniques were collected from the advice of clever patterns. I think Kwik Sew is my favourite for clear illustrations and instructions, followed by Jalie, the Big 4 are improving, and when I read BWOF it is for the instructions, which yes are minimal but still every now and then have a really oddball cool technique worth remembering. Even though I decided life, at least this one, is too short for tracing (but hats off to those of you who do) I like to see how they put it all together.

So I was disappointed that my first HP, which I understood to be more RTW in approach, hadn't anything new techniques to teach me, or at least give me the pleasure of reading/seeing nice clear instructions.

I have to get this shirt finished  so you can see what you think. That will probably happen over the next day or two, 
after I take a cutting out and marking papers break.

Tomorrow though I will try to get something down on the best collar method that worked for me.

1 comment:

KayY said...

I don't see why you need to apologize for making a few quite objective (and IMHO entirely valid) comments about HP instructions. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Aside from a missing notch or two, how does the shirt look? Inquiring minds want to know!