My Sewing Philosophy

by Heather on March 30, 2015

There are many different types of sewists out there. Some are precise and love the precision. Some are neat. Some are artistic. Some are messy. Some focus on recreating an image, others want to create something unlike anything else out there. Some love blue, some love green, some love black, some love knits, some love wool. I could go on and on and on.

But the thing that all of these people share is a love of fibers, fabric and creating. And at the end of the day, thats all that should matter.

My personal philosophy is that if it pleases YOU and YOU like that the result, who can tell you that its wrong or incorrect? I break sewing “rules” all the time. On a daily basis. I do things that would make someone who is well versed in the art of home economics cringe. I know the rules. I understand why the rules exist and what the consequences are for breaking each sewing rule. Because I understand why the rule is there, I can evaluate if the result is worth breaking the rule.

There are some I never break. I don’t sew over pins. I always press in-between each seam. I topstitch or edge stitch when possible. I use the correct stabilizer. I press rather than iron.

I’m working on a post about some of the techniques in my book, “Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images”. I want to highlight some sections that might appear scary or tricky and explain how I’ve made them simpler.


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