|Clockwise from top Right: old fabric scissors, thread snipers,|
pliers, curved nail scissors, craft scissors, paper scissors, rotary cutter, good fabric scissors.
- Where are you going to start sewing?
- Are there any tricky shapes that you might find easier to approach from the left instead or the right, or vise versa?
- What colour thread and fabric are you using?
- What stitch length have you set your machine to?
- It is always easiest to start and finish on a straight section, in this case his bottom.
- Curves can be tricky when you're starting out. You need to lift your foot or pull your fabric to make it turn with your feed dogs. Maybe you find an inverse curve easier to manage than a converse curve. I find this something I need to consider more on an overlocker, but it is still worth considering when using your sewing machine.
- I know that it can be tempting to just use whatever thread you have in your machine or to only change your top thread and leave your bobbin alone. But trust me, your softie is going to look so much nicer if the thread is invisible. Select a colour that blends into your fabric as much as possible.
- When making softies you want to reduce your stitch length down to 1.4 or 1.6 This is really important when you come to triming your seams a little later.
Push the stuffing up to the tip of his ears. I start out using my fingers and then use the wrong end of a chopstick to get it all the way to the end.
Keep using small amounts of stuffing and pushing them into your bunny.
You want to make sure that you are pushing the stuffing right to the edges of your softie.