Baste, baste, baste.
It's such a simple concept, but so few people do it: I suspect that basting is really about taking the time to get it right. When costumers don’t baste – in other words, tack pieces together loosely by hand or machine before sewing firmly – things can easily go awry.
Sewing two loose pieces together can give shabby results and thus give you the impression that you’re forever an amateur; spare your spirit and baste. Sewing over pins can damage your machine or needle and give you a nasty fright when steel hits steel suddenly; spare your nerves and baste. Don’t just take a leaf out of the books of generations before ours and slow down – don’t skip any steps either.