Remember my curtain project? I am finally finished!
For the dining room and kitchen valances, I had to figure out how to sew several inches from the edge of my fabric. Now, some seamstresses (real seamstresses) may be able to eyeball it, but I knew if I tried to freehand, I would end up with extremely crooked, zigzaggy, messed up seams. I could have whipped out my trusty yardstick and drawn lines where I wanted to sew, but I hated to deface my lovely curtains that way. I decided to deface my sewing machine instead!
You know how the sewing machine has those little numbered lines every eighth of an inch marked on the throat plate? I just decided to extend those measurements. I used my ruler to measure three additional inches and marked each quarter of an inch with a dot and each inch with a dash. It’s my homestyle edition of Morse code.
Using these guidelines, I was able to sew straight seams without having to write on my fabric. And the dots and dashes will always be there, so I’ll never have to mark up my fabric again! It works for me.