1. Sewing is not as scary as I thought. (It is a lot messier, though.)
2. It's kind of like knitting, only someone has already done the knitting for you; all you have to do is finish it. Not really a plus, actually.
3. Should you fail to measure correctly or cut neatly, frogging is not an option.
4. Measure twice, cut once. Not the other way around.
5. I need to invest in a pair of scissors that have not been used to cut packing tape, wet glue, or steel pipe.
6. No matter how carefully you cut and pin, it is possible to sew the same seam wrong four different ways. (I was particularly impressed by my ingenuity at this.)
7. Mistakes not involving measuring or cutting can usually be fixed. (What do sewers--sewers? can that be right?--call frogging?) This almost always involves the use of my new best friend. We spent the whole day together.
8. Pushing the foot pedal harder makes mistakes happen faster.
9. When all else fails, read the manual. If nothing else, you can distract yourself from your woes by trying to puzzle out what the writer actually meant before it was translated by a team of blind monkeys on PCP.
10. Everyone can use a friend like Bertha.