Time Savers

Walking foot – Think about investing in a walking foot.  It may take a little bit of effort o get use to because the foot is wider, but it will pull, or walk, the top fabric at the same speed as the bottom fabric.  This will eliminate extra fabric at the the end of sewing when the pieces lined up before, the top fabric is stretched because it is pulled through, not walked through.

Templates –  To extend the life of the pattern, use templates made out of foamcore board.  Scan the original templates and printed them on card

Cut board with needle

 stock.  If you want to make more than one set of templates, purchase an additional pattern per set made.  Think of this as a licencing fee for the intellectual property.  Rough cut the pattern and the foamcore board larger than needed, and take the pattern to the board outside of cutting area along edge of pattern.  Tape the pattern to the board.  Make sure the tape does not touch the actual pattern.  You do not want to sew over the tape since this will gunk up the needle and machine.  Remove the thread from the needle and bobbin of your sewing machine (get permission if this is not your machine) and tighten up the stitch.  Using your sewing machine like a jigsaw, sew along the pattern.  Continue to outside edge of

Sew to edge for break lines

 board for break lines.  the pieces will now snap off.  Go to Sewing to see a video of this.  Remove the pattern from the board, the tape was outside of the needle or cut area.  Use Fabric-Tac, or an adhesive you like to glue the card stock pattern to the board.  You have now extended the life of your patterns and have created a great tool so you can rotary cut the patterns.

Rotary Cutting – Using a rotary cutter and a cutting mat saves time and your hands.  This eliminates pinning, and allows for cutting multiple layers at a time.  With this pattern, only the dart on the back needs a little assistance with scissors to finish the cut since the cutting wheel can’t make it to the point.