December 26, 2019

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12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 - December 26th 2019

Hi everyone, Welcome to Day 2 of our 12 Days Of Christmas celebration! Today we are giving away another $25 Pixie Faire gift card one lucky winner!

Giveaway Update: Congrats to RuthAnn D. she is the winner of the $25 gift card and has been contacted by email!

The gift card can be used towards any item available on Pixie Faire! Woot, Woot!

 

Bonus Fun For Sewing With Cinnamon! Just 11 days left to take advantage of our promotional pricing for just $96.00 for an annual Sewing With Cinnamon membership. That's almost half-off the current rate of $14.99/month! This offer will be good for twelve days only - December 25th - January 5th, so don't miss out! 

If you're not interested in the annual subscription, you can also join at the monthly rate of $14.99 and cancel at any time. You will receive all of the bonuses and content for the current month, and subsequent months while you are a member.

Learn more about all the amazing benefits of the Sewing With Cinnamon membership community here: Sewing With Cinnamon and stay tuned as we announce all the surprises that will be offered to new and existing subscribers during the 12 days of Christmas celebration! 

But wait! There's more!

To sweeten the deal even more, we've added a new bonus for all Sewing With Cinnamon members - the Liberty Jane Ginza Girl pattern and the full sew-along video is now a permenently free SWC bonus! Make this darling coat dress and capelet for your 18-inch American Girl doll with complete confidence!


 

How To Enter The PF Gift Card Giveaway:

Simply comment on this blog post finishing the following sentence…

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is..."

Comments must be left (on this blog post) by midnight (pacific) on Thursday 12/26/2019.

One entry per person.

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older to enter. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and Pixie Faire.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments received and contacted through the email provided in the comment. We will update the post with the chosen winner as well on the following day.

Additionally, by commenting, you agree to allow us to use your comments for future promotional activities. In other words – we might quote you when we are putting together new testimonial pages. If you’re not okay with that – don’t leave a comment :)

We will choose a winner and modify this post tomorrow to let everyone know who won.

Okay, good luck, and if we’ve forgotten anything we will modify and/or update this post as needed.

We hope you enjoy our 12 Days Of Christmas!

Cinnamon & Jason and the Pixie Faire Team


100 Comments

judy
judy

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is press as you sew, plus use the wooden clapper

Georgeann
Georgeann

December 26, 2019

Snip fabric at curves just up to the stitching line before pressing and turning to make the seams lay nicely

Piroska
Piroska

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to read the directions twice, at least. If something’s not clear, read again.

Carol
Carol

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to press as you go!

Karen
Karen

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is if something is not making sense or not going well go eat a small piece of chocolate and come back with a new perspective. Works every time for me.

Leslie Moskal
Leslie Moskal

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is always check it your bobbin has thread before you start sewing

Alison Galbraith
Alison Galbraith

December 26, 2019

I like to pin a bunch and then sew. Each time I sew the pile gets smaller but the finished item becomes more apparent.

Carol
Carol

December 26, 2019

I just now was able to get on my e mails, I had surgery today. I agree with the many tips that have already been posted. I like your patterns very much. I hope my name is chosen for the $25. gift card! Pressing seams as we sew is a very good tip that I use.
Carol

PATRICIA
PATRICIA

December 26, 2019

MY favorite sewing tip is measure twice cut once .

PATRICIA
PATRICIA

December 26, 2019

MY favorite sewing tip is measure twice cut once .

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is join a group like SWC to improve your sewing skills and don’t hesitate to rip out something that’s not right. Redoing a mistake will give you satisfaction in the long run.

Marty
Marty

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to press every seam as sewn and then press open or turn and press as required.

Hazel
Hazel

December 26, 2019

I wind an extra bobbin before I start a new project.

Cheryl
Cheryl

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use a glue stick to baste the small pieces so I don’t have a seam showing below my final stitches

Bonnie Schwoerer
Bonnie Schwoerer

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to wet the needle, not the thread, when trying to thread a needle.

Barbara
Barbara

December 26, 2019

My favorite is steam a seam tape and gathering with elastic for even perfect gathers.

Patty Stanton
Patty Stanton

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is…. when I sew doll clothes, I sew all the things that require, let’s say white thread, first then change the thread accordingly.

Caroline Landrum
Caroline Landrum

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is the “P” word – Patience – have patience. Don’t be in a hurry. Relax and be patient and everything will turn out just right!

Leslie
Leslie

December 26, 2019

I feel like every new tip I read is my new favorite tip. Lol. But a long standing favorite is press as you go. The difference is worth it.

Leslie
Leslie

December 26, 2019

I feel like every new tip I read is my new favorite tip. Lol. But a long standing favorite is press as you go. The difference is worth it.

Brandy
Brandy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to prewash & dry fabric. I have bought items that were not & were ruined once washed! Anything designed for kids should be washable 😂

VICTORIA GOBEL
VICTORIA GOBEL

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is press as you go. My mother always told me to press each seam as you go and it allows your piece to look more finished and easier to go to the next step.

Sheila
Sheila

December 26, 2019

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is press open those tiny seams with a seam roller. Perfect for tight spots works wonderful

Kittie
Kittie

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is Sew a Seam, Press a Seam for a more professionally sewn garment.

Janine
Janine

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is I keep all my small tools, 6" ruler, marking pencils, seam ripper, extra needles ,thread snips,etc in a small rectangular box (approx 3″×6″) that I got in a kitchen supply store. That way they are always at hand.

Shelley
Shelley

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing to or trick would be to just relax and enjoy the project your working on.

Sparkle
Sparkle

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is using “Steam-A-Seam” (double stick lite fusible tape) when turning a narrow 1/4" hem on small items of doll clothes. It was really helpful turning edges under on the small tabs on the back of the denim jacket and kept the tabs very symmetrical.

Anna
Anna

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to make sure I use the right type of needle for the fabric.

Rebekah
Rebekah

December 26, 2019

I use iron-on hemming tape to attach 2 fabrics where I don’t want stitches to show.

Kathy
Kathy

December 26, 2019

Another favorite tip is to go ahead and cut out a number of different garments. I store each garment and directions in gallon ziploc bags. I also include any Velcro, buttons, elastic, trims, etc. so that when I am ready to sew, everything is all together and I don’t have to gather supplies.

Mary
Mary

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to serge the outer edges of cut fabric pieces before I sew them because they will be less awkward.

Deborah Hooper
Deborah Hooper

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is tracing any pattern that I think will be reused, whether it be a multi-sized or not. I use a roll of pattern paper for this. Holds up better than the tissue paper patterns and is easier to handle than printed on a piece of copier paper.

Darlene
Darlene

December 26, 2019

My tip is to always talk nice to your sewing machine. It works better when you are calm! :-)

Kathy
Kathy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to print out my patterns and directions then store them together in heavy duty sheet protectors in huge 3 ring binders. I have dividers in the binders to separate different types of patterns such as: Pants/shorts, Accessories, Dresses, Skirts, Tops…..

Darlene
Darlene

December 26, 2019

My tip is to always talk nice to your sewing machine. It works better when you are calm! :-)

Linda Wernette
Linda Wernette

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to make a copy of all these sewing tips and place them in a notebook. They are the greatest ideas for helping myself in my sewing adventures.

Milica
Milica

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use fresh needle, measure twice, cut once, be happy 😊 when you sew.

Tamara Southworth
Tamara Southworth

December 26, 2019

Keep your mini iron and mini ironing board handy! The finished garments look so much nicer when the seams are pressed properly.

Barb
Barb

December 26, 2019

My favorite trick is to use the patterns from pixie fair rather than the patterns found in pattern books at fabric store. Pixie fair directions are much clearer amd fiinish up beautiful. The fit is much better

Kathy
Kathy

December 26, 2019

My sewing tip is tissue paper for delicate fabric to sew seam act as enforcement guides the farbic in those feed dog prevent jam up

Marie
Marie

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to make the same thing more than once and challenge yourself to make it better each time.

Clair
Clair

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to make an extra copy of a pattern piece if you need to cut out 4 or more pieces or have to line something.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

December 26, 2019

Here’s my tip: store the patterns purchased as PDF printouts in a three ring binder. Place the cut pattern pieces in page protector pockets. If I’m not quite ready to sew the garment I’ve cut out… I put the fabric pieces in the page protector too!

Islander_58North
Islander_58North

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use the 1/4" seam foot, usually the one without the edge guide. It also has an indent for 1/8" seams.

Cheri
Cheri

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to cut a bunch of easy-to-sew projects at one time so I always have something quick at hand to sew…often I cut things that can be sewn with the same thread so I don’t have to re-thread to start a new project.

Nancy
Nancy

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to measure twice and cut once!

Sandra L.
Sandra L.

December 26, 2019

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is to use a coffee filter to stabilize small trim.

Debra Miller
Debra Miller

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to remember to read all directions, gather all supplies and change your needles before you begin sewing.

Angela
Angela

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip measure twice cut once. Use a pencil also to outline your pattern.

Ele
Ele

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing trick is using whip-stitches to sew up the hem of dresses. It has such a nice finish and you do not even see the stitches!

Lynn
Lynn

December 26, 2019

Two tips that I use:

1. I often have “inspiration days” where I go through patterns and fabrics, make selections and cut out pieces for numerous items/outfits. That way, when I get a chance to sew, I can just grab something that’s already cut and get right to sewing.
2. I buy many fat quarters to use for doll garments and often they are creased from being folded and displayed for sale. I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press on the creases and wrinkles and they iron right out!

Sandra
Sandra

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to pre-treat all fabrics & applicable notions first!

Laura
Laura

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is " you can’t press enough". For clean lines and fit “press”.

Ellen
Ellen

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to read the pattern instructions before you sew, so that you really can picture what you have to do.

Kristina
Kristina

December 26, 2019

Using a piece of paper under tiny seams to get the fabric to feed through

Naomi
Naomi

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to trace the size I want of a multi sized pattern onto cheap white tissue paper instead of cutting off larger sizes. Then I can reuse the same pattern for all of the sizes and I still have a clean pattern to trace again when the one I’m using wears out.

HannahT
HannahT

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use a zig-zag (overlocking stitch) on my seams to prevent the ends from fraying.

Karen Decker
Karen Decker

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to Measure twice, cut once.

Candy
Candy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip it’s to use tissue paper under very thin fabrics like tulle when you are machine sewing them. The paper is easy to remove and the material doesn’t shift.

DONNA
DONNA

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to press seams when sewn and trim those threads to keep your work neat and tidy.

Betty Adams
Betty Adams

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is press your item as you go. Don’t try to press it at the end and
expect a neat item.

Vicki
Vicki

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use tracing paper in your printer to print the pattern pieces. I cut the tracing paper down to the 8 1/2 × 11 size so the printer will accept it. It is easier to pin and cut around than regular paper. Once in awhile my printer gets temperamental and 2 sheets will slide at the same time. It may be that printers weren’t designed for it, but it does work the majority of the time for me.

allison
allison

December 26, 2019

Flat construction!!! It makes doll clothes so much easier to finish!

BonnieGayle
BonnieGayle

December 26, 2019

This is a do as I say not as I do ; ). I really try to finish an old project before going on to a new one. One new, one old. Some day I will get caught up.

Diane
Diane

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to hold a small piece of white paper behind the sewing machine needle when I’m threading it, it makes the hole easier to see. My first Home Economics teacher taught us that pressing seams and clipping threads as you go is the difference between the finished project looking ‘hand made’ instead of ‘home made’.

Nadeen D Ward
Nadeen D Ward

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is flat construction methods, especially for my doll clothes. Making everything easier to do whatever your sewing level is.

Randi Haszel
Randi Haszel

December 26, 2019

My favorite tor number one tip is to read through Thoroughly. Many times I have had to seem rip bitches because I sold something together the wrong way create through all instructions and be sure to understand them before you so any projects

Autumn
Autumn

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is using wash away wonder tape instead of pins when I need to get it exactly right, or when pins are going to be in the way. Especially with slippery fabric, the tape just makes it stick exactly where it needs to be, so I can sew it on. It’s also great for using the button sew-on foot with tiny buttons that can’t be held by the rubber foot. It’s opened up a whole new world of pattern options – I can sew buttons and buttonholes both with my machine. Yay!

Carol
Carol

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is…baste wiggly fabrics by hand, then stitch with a walking foot.

A.K.
A.K.

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is to know the right people. I really couldn’t do it without the support team of y’all to answer my questions and give me the encouragement to start challenging projects!

Kristin
Kristin

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip…well I probably have a lot of faves, but first thing that comes to mind is using scotch tape to hold doll buttons in place while I sew them on by machine. Sometimes doll buttons are a little too small for my button sewing foot so another tip that goes along with this is using my open toe zig-zag/decorative stitch foot to hold the button in place while I drop the feed dogs and zig zag the button in place.

Diane
Diane

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is when serging doll sleeves and armholes, I disengage the serger blade to ensure no accidents occur in a very tight area.

Charlene
Charlene

December 26, 2019

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is…" to wear a magnifier when working on very small areas. I picked one up at a rummage sale. It’s the type that has a band that goes across the forehead and the magnifier swivels up and down. This particular one has several magnifiers that can be exchanged with the one on the headband.

Marjorie Brown
Marjorie Brown

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is to use the wash away wonder tape for more then just zippers, holds your hem up for even sewing, I use it on sleeves to Aline the shoulder seam and under seam with sleeve. 2 small strips one at top and bottom. Probably a lot more uses.

Nancy
Nancy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick/tip is to use pinking shears when clipping curves around armholes and necklines, or anyplace else my patterns say to clip curves. It is much easier and quicker than snipping with shears and looks very neat when I’m finished.

Krynne
Krynne

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip or trick is to be sure to read through all pattern instructions more than once, and then check each one off as you finish that step. The number of times I’ve missed a small, but important step before I did this was more than you would think!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to PRESS all your seams and seam allowances as you go along! Doing this will make a big difference as to how your project looks when you done with it!

Amy B
Amy B

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is change your needles frequently. A dull needle can really mess up your project

Blue
Blue

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use leaders/Enders. You can work on a quilt in addition to your doll outfit.

Judith
Judith

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is have your supplies and equipment in order before you start.

SHERRY
SHERRY

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using a purple thang. Great help when sewing small projects and opening seams prior to using a small iron.

Gwen
Gwen

December 26, 2019

My fabvorite sewig tip is to iron or press out wrinkles in faric before cutting to avoid mismatched pieces.

Grandma Freckles
Grandma Freckles

December 26, 2019

my favorite sewing tip is: when sewing several of the same pattern, do all of each step to them all & then move on to the next step. The only time this doesn’t work is when you are using different colored thread for different colors of fabric, but the same pattern.

kathi
kathi

December 26, 2019

I have been sewing for over 50 years, but I still found there are so many excellent tips here!! The one I think is the most important is iron as you go, it does make a difference. Thanks for all the tips, I am writing many of these down so I will remember to try them!!

Pennid
Pennid

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is how to gather: pull up the bottom thread, hold the bottom and top threads, and using the longest zig zag stitch, stitch over these threads. Pull on the threads as you stitch to gather.

margaret
margaret

December 26, 2019

My fav. sewing tip snip snip snip excess in the seams and pres, pres, press!

Donna
Donna

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use an even feed foot.

Pauline
Pauline

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is : Pin Baste Press

Jennifer Queener
Jennifer Queener

December 26, 2019

Wind extra bobbins

Cindi Kelch
Cindi Kelch

December 26, 2019

I like to use an awl, large darning needle or stiletto to help hold and guide fabric under the presser foot. It’s especially useful with bulky fabrics and when stitching gathered fabric to a flat section. Just be careful not to run over it!

Diana L Vagle
Diana L Vagle

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip for beginning sewers is when you cut out patterns accurately and carefully assembling a project goes easier and much more quickly!

Brenda
Brenda

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to ONLY have one project at my sewing machine at a time, all the little pieces can get quite confusing when you are making multiple outfits for great-granddaughters (making two of everything doesn’t help either!)

Suzanne
Suzanne

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to sew a basting stitch on hem then press up and sew the hem.

Paula
Paula

December 26, 2019

Trying a new pattern often and looking for new ideas keeps one interested in sewing.

Joy S
Joy S

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to stop the machine if you must look away from the stitching. I have ripped out too many seams and resewn because of looking away. Even when adjusting fabric.

Susan
Susan

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using medical exam table paper to trace all my patterns on. It is quite strong, but easy to see markings and trace pattern. This allows me to keep all my pattern pieces whole and I never lose or misplace them. It is also easy to make adjustments or adaptions without messing up the original pattern.

Karen
Karen

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to step away from your project when things aren’t going well. Take a break!

Carol J
Carol J

December 26, 2019

Using a “walking foot” for multiple layers or thicknesses- best investment ever.

Carolyn Carrothers
Carolyn Carrothers

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using a fork to make pleats on the doll skirts

Julia
Julia

December 26, 2019

PRESS EVERYTHING!

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