Sewing’s 10 Commandments

Sewing Commandments are not new.  I googled it.  I put what made me laugh the most here.

The Ten Commandments of Sewing
(The first Ten are Too Good to Mess With)
© 2011 Joan McKenna

I have attached additional Commandments to the original 10 Commandments, which will help you start, and accomplish a safe and honorable sewing experience. #11 – 20:

XI Safety First

XII Respect Thy Grainlines

XIII Seam Lines are Second Chances for Perfect Fit

XIV Thine Iron is Thy Friend

XV Listen to Critiques & Opinions, Then Choose Thine Own Path

XVI Mastery Cometh through Experience

XVII Mistakes Present Opportunities for Creativity

XVIII Expose Thyself to Historical & Technical Sewn Product Inspiration

XIX Size all Patterns with Thy Client’s Name

XX First Sewn Product Collections Should be Kept Small & Manageable

SAFETY FIRST*: This instructor would rather yell and have you quickly stop what you are doing, than see you get physically hurt. I do not want ANYONE to suffer bodily harm in this classroom.

Other Ten Commandments from Google: 12-30-10

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Thou shalt put away no ironing board before its time.

Thou shalt not expect meals, clean laundry, or a sparkling house when sewing calls.

Thou shalt walk through this room as if treading on needles and pins.

Thou shalt not use my fabric shears.

Thou shalt not covet my sewing machine.

Thou shalt stick no unthreaded needles in the pincushion.

Thou shalt always remember a stitch in time saves nine.

Thou shalt not touch my organized mess.

Thou shalt remember that each item sewn is stitched with love and care.

Thou shalt praise God often for all creative talents.

Janlynn 12”X16” -Ten Commandments Ccx From K-mart has a version to embroider as a quilt. Could NOT download the words. Quilters Ten Commandments

Thou shalt not do buttons.

Thou shalt sew 1/4″ seams.

Thou shalt leave no bolt unturned.

Thou shalt not rip – only un-sew!

Thou shalt not envy they neighbours stitches.

Thou shalt never pass a quilt shop.

Thou shalt cook and clean but once a week.

Never quilt tomorrow what you can quilt today.

Thou shalt not covet they neighbors stash.

Thou shalt not reveal funds spent on quilting supplies. QUILT TEACHER’S TEN COMMANDMENTS

by Cindy Thury Smith 1999

1. Thou shalt not ridicule a student’s choice of fabrics nor their colors; a student’s taste should be reflected in their work.

2. Thou shalt not require excessive expenditures for a class; thou dost not know a student’s financial situation.

3. Thou shalt provide students with clearly written and illustrated handouts. Thou shalt be able to explain a construction step with more than one method (written, verbal, visual).

4. Thou shalt provide value for their money; at least one other variation of the quilt in addition to the standard design.

5. Thou shalt be on time, start on time and provide time for questions.

6. Thou shalt circulate amongst the students, checking progress, even if thy feet dost hurt.

7. Thou shalt find something positive to say about each student’s work. Thou shalt not have a “My way or the highway” frame of mind; creativity comes in many forms.

8. When a student makes a good suggestion, thou will announce it to the class and give credit where due.

9. Thou shalt allow some time after class to help anyone who sews at a more leisurely pace.

10. Thou shalt show numerous samples; and if thou dost not have numerous samples done, make suggestions for other applications of the pattern.

MURPHY’S Laws of Sewing

The author of these Murphy’s Laws of Sewing is anonymous. She surely must have been around us. We’ve had just about all of them happen – at least once.

For those of you that are new to sewing – don’t get discouraged! Things really do get better, and that dance outfit really does look nice. No one really sees those mistakes unless you tell them.

1. If you drop something out of your sewing basket, it will be your box of pins with the cover off.

2. Fusible interfacings always fuse to the iron.

3. The seam you meant to rip out is ALWAYS the other one.

4. The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.

5. The pattern you wanted to make again will have one key piece missing.

6. Whenever the construction process is going well, the bobbin thread runs out.

7. The magnitude of the goof is in direct proportion to the cost of the fabric.

8. Facings tend to be sewn to the wrong side. (Opposite sides attract).

9. The iron never scorches the garment until its final pressing.

10. The steam iron only burps rusty water on light, silky fabrics.

11. Gathering threads always break in the middle.

12. The serger only eats the customer’s garment.

13. If you need 6 buttons, you will find 5 in your button box.

14. When you are in a hurry, the needle eye is always too small.

15. The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.

16. Your lost needle will be found by your son, husband, or brother-in-law….while walking around barefoot.

17. Collar points don’t match, and you’ve trimmed all the seams.

18. The sewing machine light usually burns out on Sunday.

19. Pinking shears get dull just by looking at them.

20. The scissors always cut easiest past the buttonholes.