Sew Easy Tip #9 ~ Are You Making These 5 Mistakes – Part II

This article is Part 2 of a 2-part series on 10 sewing mistakes you may be making that are throwing up roadblocks to you unleashing your dressmaking superpowers. If you haven’t yet, why not check out Sew Easy Tip #8 ~ Are You Making These 5 Mistakes – Part 1.

So tell me, are you are committing any of the following five (5) mistakes?!

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Mistake #6 ~ Not using specialty presser feet.

Listen, most of us are on a budget. Sewing is already an expensive hobby in terms of space and materials required. I get that.


Many times, having a specialty presser foot can make all the difference in your sewing enjoyment and a professional end result.

For example, if you ever plan to sew anything slippery or sticky, you may want to invest in a roller or teflon presser foot.

And if you live to sew knits, then a walking foot for your sewing machine is a must have.

What specialty feet you invest in will depend, of course, on the type of fabrics and projects you love to sew.

I am particularly partial to my ski-style zipper and walking presser feet.

I bought this 32-Piece Presser Feet Set from Madam Sew — and I have never regretted it. Never. These are high-quality universal presser feet for low shank, domestic sewing machines.

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Presser Feet

They come with an excellent little manual and DVD that explains how to use all 32 presser feet. Plus, Madam Sew also offers video instruction on her presser feet over on YouTube.

Learn all about presser feet here.

Mistake #7 ~ Not finishing seam allowances

If your sewing projects are to look professional, then you must start pretty and end pretty. Period.

Please for the love of sewing, take your time to finish your seam allowances. Not only will this make your project look professional on the inside, but it will add strength and beauty.

I can’t tell you how many non sewers have turned my garments inside out (while on my body) to check out the finish on the inside? Yes, non sewers.

Mistake #8 ~ Over pressing

Yes, I know that in Part 1, I gave you critical advice about pressing in Mistake #4.

Well, like most things in life, too much is just as horrible as too little.

For a professional end result, you DO need to press.

But don’t over do it and don’t muscle it in. If you do, you may end up with seam allowance imprints and shine from the right side (RS). Or, what I call the fuglies.

Learn how to press like a pro here.

Mistakes #9 ~ Acting like sewing is a race car event.

Sewing is fun. Sewing is your hobby.

What’s the rush?!

Plus, sewing too fast can lead to inaccurate seam allowances and fuglier topstitching. Just don’t.

Mistakes #10 ~ Not taking a break when exhausted

I don’t know about you, but when I get tired, I rush and I get sloppy.

And nothing pretty or professional looking ever comes out of that.

Plus, it can be hazardous to your fingers.

So if you’re your back hurts and your eyes are glazed over, stop, cover your sewing machine, and step away.

Tomorrow is another day…

And remember…

Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it.