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i have several sewing tips. one tip is to use masking tape as a guide on the sewing machine if you are a beginner sewer. make own patterns and templates from wrapping paper. make copies of patterns and templates. make stencils from cardstock. store patterns and templates in zip top bags. store stencils in zip top bags. store purchased patterns in shoe boxes. store safety pins in a flip top container. store pins in a flip top container. store bottons in a dairy creamer container.

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Comment by Jamie Nunes on December 14, 2010 at 8:38am

I need to do this to make my top stitching, in particular, straighter.  I love the idea of the rubber band, Londa.   I am hooked on candles and go thru a couple jar candles a month.  I am starting to reuse them in my sewing area for buttons, ribbon, and bias tape I am making w/ your tutorial, Angee.  They look pretty, uniform, and you can see what is in the jar.

Comment by Londa Rohlfing on December 13, 2010 at 8:55pm

When I taught youngsters at my shop - a big fat rubber band around the free arm of the machine make a nice guide.  Easy to move - and no residue.  

Comment by Gloria Allender on December 8, 2010 at 10:14am
I've been doing this for years. I tried using this attachment for wide seams that came with my machine, but I much prefer marking it this way.
Comment by Angee Barbe on December 8, 2010 at 8:28am
That's a pretty good idea Kivia.

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