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More Time for Crafting

Updated on May 15, 2015
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Ronna Pennington is a professional craft writer and a life-long crafter whose motto is "If I can hot glue it, I can do it."

Easy Swimsuit Cover-Up...even easier when supplies are assembled!

This easy swimsuit coverup took less than 30 minutes to whip up -- because all my supplies were in order.
This easy swimsuit coverup took less than 30 minutes to whip up -- because all my supplies were in order. | Source

The best thing about being a beginner in crafting is that you can train yourself for efficiency from the get-go. No matter what your craft – sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, card making, WHATEVER – you can have more time to enjoy it if you follow these simple rules:

Always be prepared. You may have learned that in a Scout troop, but it applies here as well. Just think about all the time you have lost running back and forth for craft supplies.Get everything together before you start. Make a list and check it twice to make sure you’ve got everything you need.

If you are sewing, make sure you have the proper needle and thread for the project before you get started. You may need to change out the needle from a sharp to a ball point depending on the fabric you are using. Also check your thread to make sure it isn’t brittle.

Measure twice (more if needed); cut once.No matter what your craft is, you can be more efficient time and money-wise by making accurate cuts the first time. If sewing or quilting, avoid the temptation to cut more than five pieces of fabric with your rotary cutter.If cutting with scissors, don’t cut more than two, and make sure you don’t get them out of alignment while working.

Trim as you go. If you are sewing, cut long loose threads as you go instead of planning to go back later to do it. Inevitably, one is missed if you wait to do it later.

When sewing, press your seams as you go. That doesn’t mean you have to plug in an iron and drag out the ironing board. Use your finger, the side of a ruler, or other flat object to simply direct the seams as needed.

These five tips will have you crafting more efficiently in no time!

What do you think?

Do you craft for fun, for necessity, or both?

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    • dragonflyfla profile image

      dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida

      So glad you added the "little of both" option!

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Yes, Most machine guides are posted online. Try an Internet search for your brand. If you can't find it, let me know!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Any tips for how to find a sewing machine guide book when you loose one? Since I moved, I cannot find the book to my sewing machine (3 years + now) and need it to actually thread it because it is complicated.

      I have noticed time helps you figure out faster way to do things.