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    Oh, and as far as basic machine operation goes, "This is the MOST important control on your machine" pointing at the hand wheel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Ariadne, if you're interested, there is a site called Pattern Review that offers a number of different threads and articles on sewing, including sewing for beginners. https://sewing.patternreview.com/
    Thanks. I've wandered across that site before but I'd forgotten about it. I'll have to do some browsing.

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    I'm reading about putting in centered zippers right now. Sigh and moan. I made my first garment fifty years ago and I am still terrified of zipper installation. Just thinking about it puts my tummy in a knot but this dress is for my daughter and I ought to do it properly instead of expecting her to wiggle into a woven--fabric dress without a zipper.
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    I've only done a zipper once, and it was a while back. It was in a "tie skirt", a skirt made out of neckties. I don't recall any particular problems putting it in though...

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    There is this really nice accessory called a zipper foot (for the sewing machine) that makes zippers nice and easy. I hate putting them in without it. If you don't have one maybe you can get one?

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    I have a zipper foot, Ariadne. It's not the equipment; it's the brain. I'm embarrassed to admit how reluctant I am to put in zippers. Button holes, bias cut, hand embroidery- pieces of cake. Wave a zipper at me and I start to hyperventilate.
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    Funny, that’s how I feel about buttonholes. Sure I can do it. Doesn’t mean I want to. I looove button loop elastic. I'll even make my own loop ribbon with fancy silk loops. Make a button hole, not if I can help it.

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    My old machine make buttonholes for me. Only too bad I usually don't have buttons in my self-made clothes. Zippers aren't difficult, even without a zipper foot. For both, all you need is a bit of practice (and maybe a good manual/tutorial) and it will get better.
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    Zipper foot is a must.

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    And "Introduction to Sewing Machine Operation" saves the day. I had a student completely panic on me the instant something went wrong. I had already gone over all the basics with her so I backed her up and handed her some scrap, made her remove her high heel shoes, and then told her to have fun. within 15 minutes she'd gone from panic to sewing smiley faces. After that it was smooth sailing even when, of course, something went wrong. Zorba you rock.

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