I missed it last week. I was going to blog one during the week but came down with a nice headache and stomach ache that lasted almost 2 days...plus all the other stuff we do in life...and I forgot. Senility creeps closer...
Today's tip isn't very profound, but I know it is one that I always have to keep in mind. If you are doing any type of start-and-stop sewing (like when I was putting the round pieces into the tubes for the bucket in the previous post) always, always, always make sure your needle is down into the fabric before you adjust it in any way. The needle will anchor the fabric and keep the stitching line on track. I keep forgetting to do this, and when I go to turn the fabric, of course I accidentally move it a little...and with stitching, even a little makes a difference.
So, yeah, anchor your fabric with your needle.
And I'm feeling somewhat generous (must be the Folger's with tiramisu flavored creamer), so here's another tip: always, always, always stay-stitch the curves in your knits. I just made a t-shirt (I got it free from Burdastyle.com--mentioned it a while back in my last Saturday sewing tip blog post) and just happily went on sewing it. It happens to be a particularly stretchy fabric. I didn't stay stitch. The back of the neck looks...weird. So now I have to turn it under and finoogle it to get it to look right.
Learn from my mistakes...anchor your fabric and staystitch.
See ya next time.