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

Barbara
Barbara

December 26, 2019

I love to read others tips for more guidance. But reading directions first is a must.

Susan
Susan

December 26, 2019

My sewing tip is to check the finished size of the pattern against the doll itself before cutting out the material, particularly for how easily it will fit over the head or hands. This is particularly helpful for porcelain dolls or when sizing a pattern for an odd-sized doll.

Sally teetee
Sally teetee

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is how to creatively “hide” the mistake you can’t un -sew.

Lynne Thompson
Lynne Thompson

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip or trick – is to stay organized! tidy my sewing table often and my sewing room weekly. Otherwise, I cannot find anything!!! MErrry Christmas!

Linda
Linda

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is pin, pin, pin. I would rather take the time to pin instead of ripping a crooked seam!

sandy mize
sandy mize

December 26, 2019

My favorite would be to always measure your doll and pattern and always make sure you are using the right pattern for the doll specified.

Karen H
Karen H

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing too is to keep the manual for my machines right next to each machine so I have the best resource handy when I switch from one machine to another. I also find YouTube to be an invaluable resource.

Christine
Christine

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is to sew early on Saturday before anyone else wakes up so I will have time for a project before the day of things I need to do begins!

Joyce Green
Joyce Green

December 26, 2019

I like to use the 1/4 inch sewing machine foot for quilt making when sewing doll clothes. Perfect!

Mary
Mary

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use Frixon pens for marking seams, etc. They have a very fine line and the ink disappears with heat.

Peggy Stirling
Peggy Stirling

December 26, 2019

I use "no longer needed items of clothing for fabric instead of going to the fabric store to buy yard goods. Second hand clothing store also works really well too when I don’t have the right thing on hand.

Pat
Pat

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to iron every seam. Throughout the sewing. It takes time bit It gives a great look when done.

Vanessa
Vanessa

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to make sure you have all the supplies needed and read through the directions at least once before starting your project.

Jean B
Jean B

December 26, 2019

Press as you progress
Learned this from my high school Home Ec teacher (I am now 66) and follow to this day whenever sewing

Cindy
Cindy

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip or trick is use a serger to finish the seams.

Corinne
Corinne

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip for me, I do this because I have difficulty following my markings on the machine and old eyes. I’ll take my printed pattern piece after cutting out my piece and trim the 1/4 cut line off of the pattern and put it back onto my fabric piece to follow when I sew my pieces together. One cut at a time not all sides at once, it’s a bit time consuming but it works for me.

Mary
Mary

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use a low-tack spray adhesive on the back of the material to adhere the pattern instead of pins
Be sure to test on a piece of scrap material first.

dee
dee

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip I finally learned after years of having bad corners on my quilts is to not cut the fabric off in the corners. keep it squared.

Tiffany
Tiffany

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is make a space for yourself! This year, I took a corner of the basement as my sewing corner, and I get so much more done! No more running up and down stairs to find a cutting surface, to get to my machine, grab supplies, etc.

Deborah
Deborah

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use a 1/4" quilting foot for perfect 1/4" seams

Marty Blinde
Marty Blinde

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to print my Pixie Faire patterns onto freezer paper. Then press them onto the fabric, cut it out and pull the freezer paper off. It makes a nice even cutting line on the fabric and the freezer paper pattern can be used many times.

Brenda Smotherman
Brenda Smotherman

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use a quarter inch seam foot to sew the pieces together.

Kathleen
Kathleen

December 26, 2019

Onet of my favorite tips for sewing is the sleeves pressing device I made from a half inch Dowell which is covered in an old sock. Works perfect for pressing sleeve seams.

Anne Ohlrogge
Anne Ohlrogge

December 26, 2019

I love using 1/4” and 1/8” sticky tape to hold things together.

Bridgette
Bridgette

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip or trick is pin stuff it makes it easier.

Beth
Beth

December 26, 2019

My tip is to take a “tomato” pincushion and write, with a Sharpie, the different types of sewing machine needles that I have (denim, ballpoint, universal, etc) on the pincushion. Then I can stick my needles in the correct spot on the pin cushion. I also take an old needle and paint it with red nail polish. I then stick that painted needle into the pin cushion to show what needle my machine currently has. This has been very convenient for me and I never have to wonder what type needle is in my machine.

Anna Deibel
Anna Deibel

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to practice on a piece of scrap cloth when changing needles/tension/stitches.

Susan
Susan

December 26, 2019

My favorite trick is use your iron. Smooth fabric cuts easier and more accurately. Ironing along the way will give a better looking product at the end.

sue
sue

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is don’t be afraid to use your resources. I often bounce ideas off of others and discover that just talking about them out loud helps to figure out what you need to do to accomplish what you are imagining as a finished piece.

Mardelle
Mardelle

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip (because I just discovered it) is using rocks to hold down pattern pieces instead of pins. Makes cutting out a pattern so much faster. It doesn’t work for really tiny pieces though.

Jean Signal
Jean Signal

December 26, 2019

Is to use copy paper or tissue paper will sewing with knits

Charla
Charla

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is after reading the directions through first I then get all the materials for each pattern ready before sewing and I try to do all the ones in the same color at the same time so I do not have to change thread and bobbins so much.

Carol
Carol

December 26, 2019

My tip is for those of us with arthritis. Keep a pin cushion and magnet at your machine. It’s so much easier to pick a pin from the cushion than from a flat surface. When they drop on the surface, pick up with a magnet.

BettyAnn
BettyAnn

December 26, 2019

I cut out several if the same item and also have the elastic, velcro, etc precut and ready at my machine. Saves a lot of time.

Jennifer
Jennifer

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to read all the directions before starting the pattern.

Bridgette
Bridgette

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip or trick is I use my seam ripper tip to hold small pieces of fabric down so my fingers are out of the way.

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

December 26, 2019

Lately, my favorite sewing tip has been to say a simple prayer of guidance before I sew! Sometimes I get in such a rush, I forget simple steps. A prayer helps me slow down a bit.

Jean
Jean

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to print out the printed instructions only and the pattern pieces. I then take a picture with my IPad of each page of the instructions showing pictures to save on paper and space.

Janet H.
Janet H.

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to teach a young person how to sew. I taught my granddaughter and she was so excited with what she made.

Linda
Linda

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to redo the hems on my jeans that are too long.

Pattij
Pattij

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is to always read the directions first. it really helps later on!

Thresea
Thresea

December 26, 2019

I like to repurpose when possible. Save fabric scrapes for children to use in craft projects. I also make cards and use bits and pieces of sewing leftovers for my cards.
I use fabric scrapes polyfill. .

Maria
Maria

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is… read all the instructions, and if you don’t understand something ASK! the Pixie Faire community is very helpful and if you pop up the question in the Face Book group you can be sure you will get answers to it very quickly. Don’t be afraid, even if you think your question is dumb, no one will make you feel bad, everyone will help you. (I already did it)

Alice
Alice

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is when you are frustrated and made multiple mistakes, walk away and come back layer or tomorrow.

Nancy Gates
Nancy Gates

December 26, 2019

Putting a paper under the start of my fabric

Linda
Linda

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using tape to hold small pieces together while sewing them.

Darlene w.
Darlene w.

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing trick is keeping a small container to collect straight pins at every work station in my sewing room—at all my machines, work tables, and pressing station. That way I’m not running around looking for pins while sewing.

Donna Depner
Donna Depner

December 26, 2019

My sewing tip is checking YouTube for videos if I don’t understand directions or want clarification on something. It’s like having a professional teacher next to you.

Judy
Judy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to see with similar colors and wind two to three bobbins to save time while working. Also, take a shirt break, just a couple of minutes, each hour to stretch those neck and back muscles!!

S
S

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to read all the directions for sewing before I began to sew.

Nancy
Nancy

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to put a little piece of tissue paper under the fabric when starting seam on knits. It keeps the machine from eating the fabric.

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

December 26, 2019

To add the sleeves before sewing the sides much easier

Lucy A
Lucy A

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is, when sewing in bulk, to line up the seams and sew from one seam to another without stopping. When your stack is all done, just cut the threads between the different seams at that time.

Julia
Julia

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to use mini iron and padded insert for doll clothes

Mary
Mary

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to read the directions and make sure you have enough fabric.

Kathy
Kathy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is using tshirts my daughters’ friends give me to make shirts for my granddaughters’ dolls.

Barb
Barb

December 26, 2019

My tip is to sew the main seams with basic black or white/beige thread and the topstitching in the fashion colour!

Marian
Marian

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to press each seam to get a professional finish. If it cannot be pressed with a steam iron, then finger press it !

Nadine
Nadine

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use a hair styling flat iron to iron small pieces of fabric!

Nora isaac
Nora isaac

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using an ironing mat on my table. My tables are in a horse shoe shape. I can just turn around to iron. The mat is easily removable.

Ginger
Ginger

December 26, 2019

Leaving the needle case on machine so I know what type needle is on machine

Rachel
Rachel

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is when cutting out the sewing pattern on the fabric I use a rotary cutter as much as possible and with dolls clothes sewing patterns I use a mini rotary cutter. Rotary cutters make the job go faster and easier than scissors.

Deb
Deb

December 26, 2019

Take pride in what you do – whether its sewing, quilting or whatever. Slow down & enjoy each step of the process, because it will show in the final result.

Laurie
Laurie

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to be sure you keep your sewing machine oiled and clean out the lint between projects.

Loronda
Loronda

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is when cutting out a quilt for an adult or a doll :) I put each square into a separate baggie and number them. Then when I take them to the sewing machine no pieces get lost and each is organized together.

Janet
Janet

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is make a up

Safiyya
Safiyya

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is using a rotary cutter and a cutting board to cut fabric pieces! It’s so much easier and more efficient, especially when you have those patterns made from thin tracing paper.

linda
linda

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is reading the directions at least 2 times before sewing.

Melissa
Melissa

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to read the pattern twice before I start. I’ve avoided many problems because I read twice, cut once!

Peggy
Peggy

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to read through all the pattern directions before starting your project.

Barbara
Barbara

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to read all these tips from Pixie Faire sewers. I just learned a lot of great tips!

JJ
JJ

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use tear away stabilizer under stretchy knit fabric especially when sewing small things like gloves.

Maurine
Maurine

December 26, 2019

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is using a bobby pin to turn a small casing right side out. Make the casing a little longer than needed. After sewing up the side seam make a tiny clip in the fabric on the end, Slip the bobby pin through the hole and feed the bobby pin through the casing. Voila!

Joann Sheeler
Joann Sheeler

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to remember that the seam ripper is your friend! We all make mistakes and that’s okay. Just check everything before moving on to the next step. Fix unwanted tiny pleats and crooked seams before going on to the next step.

Sally Casagrande
Sally Casagrande

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is run a strong magnet around the table to pick up stray pins

Melody Miller
Melody Miller

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is making ruffles.

Melinda Autry
Melinda Autry

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use 2 lines of long stitches when gathering, but to put one line inside seam line and one outside, then sew after gathering between the two lines of stitching and remove the one that shows on the outside of the seam. This makes it so much easier when the seam allowance is only 1/4." It is impossible for me to get 2 rows of stitches inside a seam allowance that small.

Rene
Rene

December 26, 2019

I keep a small magnetic parts tray near my sewing machine for pins. Much faster than pin cushion. All thagt is needed is to dop pins near tray. They are collected with no fuss.

Bunny Smith
Bunny Smith

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to put cut patterns in a large Manila envelope and clip the original to the front. Bunny

Sandi
Sandi

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to read through all of the instructions twice and have every required item out & ready to use.

Mary
Mary

December 26, 2019

My favorite trick is sewing a 1/4" line of thread to better turn small seams under on knits for a cleaner edge.

Karen
Karen

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip or trick is when making a narrow hem, stitch a 1/4 inch away, away from the edge of the fabric on the single layer. This makes it much easer and much more accurate to then turn up and press the hem on the stitched line.

Carol B
Carol B

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to mark all seam lines on pieces before sewing so the stitching is always just a 1/4" seam. No more problems matching seams or fitting garments.

Tish
Tish

December 26, 2019

Use bed risers to lift a portable table when cutting out doll garments. Your back will thank you.

Debra
Debra

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to buy several plastic shoe boxes from the Dollar Store, then I start cutting several different patterns. For example, if I’m sewing a top, I will have all the pieces, including any trim, elastic, thread, Velcro and pattern & instructions all in the shoe box. I can have several top in different fabrics all cut out and sew them together like an assembly line. Everything is all in one place, I don’t have to hunt for things. Plus they look nice and neat on my bookshelves. When I feel like sewing, I just grab a shoebox and everything I need is right there, not wasting valuable sewing time looking for things.

J.Wack
J.Wack

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to keep chopsticks on hand to gently push out hard to reach seams.

Sue
Sue

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to organize your supplies by color and to take care of your machine.

June
June

December 26, 2019

My favourite sewing tip is to read everyone’s sewing tips and learn from the best. Thanks Pixie Faire!

Karin
Karin

December 26, 2019

Since I teach young girls to sew, lately it seems my favorite sewing tip or trick is to slow down! Take the time to watch what you are doing, and then take the next step, rather than rushing through just to get it done – don’t compete with either yourself or the girl next to you! LOL!!

Carol
Carol

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to use Wonder double sided quilters tape – 1/4 inch wide to turn and secure hems before stitching. It’s quicker and more accurate than measuring and turning AND the hem has a much smoother finish than when pinned.

Juliette
Juliette

December 26, 2019

.. I print my pattern pieces on onionskin paper. The paper is slightly see-through and behaves like a tissue paper pattern. I just reprint the pattern pieces when the paper wears out.

Hanna
Hanna

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to cut out several patterns before I sit down to sew.

Maryann
Maryann

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use a zigzag stitch over kite string in order to have even gathers.

Joan D.
Joan D.

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to look for fabric other than the fabric store. I sew for charity and am always on the look out for fabric. I have found brand new shower curtains, flannel and cotton sheets at yard sales. Lots of fabric for a small price.

Joyce
Joyce

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to pre wind several bobbins before I start a long project so I don’t have to stop in the middle of a project.

Ginger
Ginger

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to always check your sewing machine to make sure everything is in proper working order before sewing.

EDIS
EDIS

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to place interfacing to the seam allowance before installing a zipper. It really makes a difference!

Linda
Linda

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip or trick is chain piecing so my machine doesn’t eat the beginning of the next seam!

Sylvia
Sylvia

December 26, 2019

My favorite tip is to make several at the same time but make sure the colors are similar so you don’t have to change threads…saves lots of time.

Rita
Rita

December 26, 2019

My favorite sewing tip is to use dental floss for gathering. Lay the dental floss on edge of area to be gathered, using widest zig zag stitch over floss using same color thread as fabric. Pin one end of floss. Pull fabric to gather, pin gathers in place and baste straight stitch to secure in place. Works much better than the old way of two basting stitches and have the thread break half way through.

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