Man, I really need to spend more time in this part of the forums. I was busy for an hour or two this afternoon making pillow cases. I got a couple of thrift store pillow cases for a dollar each, chopped them in half and made each one into two smaller cases that are just right for the inflatable pillow I use hammock backpacking.
But every time I use my sewing machine I think, "I really should learn how to do this right". I may try to get my sons girl friend over here to watch me (or somebody who really knows how to sew) and have them watch me do stuff and make a a list of all the things I am doing wrong and then set me straight. There must be other resources besides learning the hard way. It seems like the hands on skills are handed down from father to son (or more likely mother to daughter). The books I have picked up all launch into patterns and making clothes. How did all of you guys figure this out and get good at it?
Like for instance today when I reverse direction and the machine produces this big wad of thread on the back of the fabric at seemingly random times -- just for an example. We just chop it off, shrug, and try again ... Sometimes I do stuff that looks really good. Other times, well it gets the job done.