When I was working on my collection for school, I wanted some of my fabrics to have a quilted look, so I tested out a couple of different quilting techniques on small 7" x 7" scrap pieces.
For one look, I simply marked out the lines I wanted with chalk, and then went over all of the lines with a long machine stitch. I did the same thing for another piece and then hand stitched chains on top of the fabric, using my machine stitches as a guideline.
Whenever I have sampled sewing techniques before applying those techniques directly to my project, I have always been really happy with the final result. Sampling is a good way to work out any issues that might arise. Sampling is good for practicing and it may save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
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