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  1. TaDarling1

    Since patterns are nothing more than tissue paper, I have issues using the serrated tracing wheel because it often tears thru my pattern pieces, making that pattern less usable every time I trace markings. With the non-serrated tracing wheel, I have the opposite problem…the tracings don't go thru to the fabric clearly so I have to press extra hard to make them visible on some fabrics.

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  2. Katz White

    Professor Pincushion I always get confused of how to place the paper pattern on fabric so grain line is in the right place especially when one is using a piece of fabric that has no clear selvedge edge. Where should the straight grain line be?

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  3. Lee Mager

    I also use the tracing wheel and paper to mark the cutting lines for the actual pattern. That way I can use all the different sizes of the pattern. As my son grew I was able to use the pattern from a small all the way up to a large. This tutorial helped my daughter very much. She understands the importance of having different options for tranfering the marks. Thank you ๐Ÿ’–

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  4. Elizabeth See

    Wow, so helpful! Now I feel a little more confident. When I first opened my pattern I got so overwhelmed and ignored most of the symbols, and guess what, I cut an important piece backward. Now I know how to do it correctly. Thanks so much!

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  5. Melissa Stang

    Wow, excellent tutorial. Coming back to sewing in middle age, confused by pattern directions despite repeated readings. This clarified everything I needed to know. Love all of your lessons. Thank you. (Do you happen to have a tutorial about making a tunic style blouse with color and interfacing?) I mean collar' and interfacing.

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  6. Michelle Roemer

    Thank you!!!!!!! You are so thorough and made this easy and not scary. I bought a pattern to make a sweater for my little man and just didnโ€™t even know where to start. I subscribed to you! Gonna watch your videos thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Denise Morris

    I have been โ€œsewingโ€ for years and always get intimidated by the pattern markings. You just opened up a whole new world for me. Thanks!

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  8. Jenn Marie

    Thank you so much for your videos, they are so easy to understand for a beginner like me! Just wondering, is it necessary to use carbon paper and a tracing wheel for some markings? Such as certain long lines? Or is it possible to do them all without carbon paper?

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  9. Yesi Isabella

    You are amazing and the way you explain every part of the patterns make it so much easy for me to understand. Thank you,Thank you and Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. My Midwest Mansion

    Amazing tutorial. I've only been sewing for a year and never with a store bought pattern. I opened it, got overwhelmed and closed it! But with this tutorial, I'm so much more confident! Thank you!

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  11. Thanatosimpulse

    This is very informative! I've been trying to make a dress from a Simplicity pattern and I had NO idea where to even begin. Thanks so much for making this video!

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  12. gloria schray

    I have a commercial pattern that I am going to use. I cut the pattern to my corresponding size. Then I cut the fabric not the same size as the pattern but I put a 5/8 allowance,
    So now the cut fabric is bigger than the pattern. What I thought is the edge of the pattern is my guideline to stitch/sew the fabric pieces together.
    There is a direction here saying stitch 5/8" seams unless otherwise stated. So now my understading is seam allowance already included. Am I correct.
    I'm glad I cut my fabric larger than the pattern itself.
    Please confirm if I have to cut the fabric right on the edge of the pattern and that seam allowance is already included in the pattern.
    Thanks. I will wait for your response before I proceed to my dewing.
    Thank you so much.
    Gloria

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  13. imaslowpoke

    I'm having trouble finding the next video for starting to sew your pieces together once you have transfered your markings and remove the pattern.ย 

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  14. Nicole Howard

    I am having a very big issue with McCall's M6760 pattern where it calls for piece number 3 (the midriff) to be placed on "center front on fold" but it looks like single thickness of fabric. I think that it I'm just to mirror its image

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  15. Professor Pincushion

    you can get the beeswax from your local craft or fabric store. It should just rub out In my example I was just showing how to use the tracing wheel on some scrap fabric I had so it wasn't for an actual project. That's why I just did it to the wrong side. To do it to the other side, just unpin it and flip the pattern to the other side. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Bespoke Babe

    You mentioned using "bee's wax" to mark fabric. Where do you find wax based marking tools? Does bee's wax leave a permanent mark on the garment when you press it during the sewing process?

    You said you mark pleats and folds on the right side of the fabric but when you demonstrated with tracing wheel and transfer paper weren't you marking the wrong side of the fabric? How do you mark them on right side of the fabric while the pattern piece is pinned down?

    Thanks for responding ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. MsKJ2007

    Great introduction to sewing. Will you consider doing a video tutorial on a pants pattern? If you do please use a pattern that includes plus size. Thanks!

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  18. reneeislookin

    Thank you for taking the time to create videos. Sometimes when I visit I forget to press the like button. I appreciate your time and effort. Your videos are very helpful to me.

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