I was inspired to write it after a comment from Ali from the Patchwork Fairy, who said she wondered if sewing in my sketchy style would mean people would think she couldn't sew in a straight line (which she says she can't and that's part of the appeal of the sketchy style).
I was taught to sew at school way back in the 1970's when the whole sewing thing was a bit more formal and a bit less relaxed than it is now. We had to do it "right" or unpick it. Oh, the action that seam ripper saw!
You need to use a guide for the edge of your fabric - so if you are sewing a 1.5cm seam, the guide should be 1.5cm away from the stitching line.
I've used a marker pen on my sewing machine - I can't remember why I wanted the stitching lines exactly there, but at some point I obviously did. I do regret the (permanent!) marker pen (but not enough to spend time scrubbing it off!) mainly because I take photos of techniques for magazines as well as this blog. I guess what I really
So, once you've marked your sewing machine (preferably with tape so it's temporary) where do you look when you are sewing? The answer is not your actual stitching for guidance or judgement - it's the edge of the fabric against that mark. That's what will keep your stitching straight. But don't be so focused on the straight line that your fingers end up under the needle!
If you haven't tried this before, give it a go. If you are new to sewing, practise slowly, quickly, around corners, curves and straight lines. You'll be whizzing up and down in straight, precise lines pretty quickly!