Breaking Bad (sewing habits) 3

Breaking Bad (sewing habits) 3

Again, thanks to The Sewing Society and Sewing with Scraps for all the valuable information. Continuing with how to improve our sewing by breaking bad habits. NOT KNOWING HOW TO READ A PATTERN is a common problem. Have you ever picked up a sewing pattern and been confused by the strange symbols on it. Don’t panic! Click here for your magic cheat sheet provided by The Sewing Loft. Most patterns have standardized markings, which makes it easier and faster to sew with them over time once you have practiced with a few of them.

A bad habit that we think is ok is SEWING OVER PINS. An intense collision between the needle and the pins can disturb the internal mechanical system of your sewing machine. Chances are that if you insert a new needle, it will not pick up the bobbin thread and fail to make any stitches. So bottom line If you sew over the pins, your sewing machine might get damaged.

I’m the last person you would expect to bring this up, but do you BUY NEW FABRIC BEFORE CHECK YOUR STASH.  Not only is it a waste of money but all that fabric will sit in your closet unused. Do you have a difficult time resisting the urge to buy cute fabric when you see it. I know I do.  I try to follow my suggestions but mostly I guilty of holding on tight to this BAD HABBIT. 

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Available Monday, May 22 is the Dream Bean Bag Chair.  Additional seating for a special person.

We have plenty of coordinating fabric to keep you happy with this cozy space. Chateau Sew & Sew is waiting to help you.  Call or come by.  

Remember to check out Monday’s, May 15 free PDF the Hexi Pillow.  Come back next week we will be discovering new tips and tricks.

Happy sewing 

Karen and Susan

Continuing with our summer fresh vegtables.  We “sew” enjoy a fresh salad.  Strawberries is one of my favorite spring fruit.  

Green Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


4 servings

2 teaspoons strawberry jam

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 pint strawberries, sliced

4 to 5 cups chopped romaine or mixed greensof any kind


Place jam in a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar then extra-virgin olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper. Add the strawberries and greens to bowl and toss to coat evenly in dressing.