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Topic 9 of 23: Sewing

Wed, May 17, 2000 (15:50) | Marcia (MarciaH)
The creation of items to wear and to adorn your home - clothes, place mats, table cloths, napkins (serviettes) and other practical items
18 responses total.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 1 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 17, 2000 (15:53) * 19 lines 
I sew reluctantly. I do make table cloths and such but much prefer handwork. But, that is another topic! So, I shall post a helpful hint:

Fabric for Swimwear
When you choose a fabric for swimwear, make sure the fabric
has at least 15% spandex and stretches both horizontally
and vertically. Expensive ready-to-wear swimsuits have
spandex counts in the 20-30 or more range (the more
spandex, the more slimming the suit will be). This type of
fabric is usually shiny, has great shape retention and is
resistant to chlorine and salt water.

In general, the greatest degree of stretch is the
lengthwise grain. Place the pattern pieces so that the
greatest degree of stretch is around the body. Since this
fabric can become transparent when wet, line it with fabric
that has the same amount of stretch as the fashion fabric.
Pre-wash the fabric to take out chemicals and to allow it
to resume its original shape.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 2 of 18: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, May 17, 2000 (17:03) * 1 lines 
i make clothes and curtains. am still learning this craft and would love to make a wedding dress for fun.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 3 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 17, 2000 (17:48) * 1 lines 
Lucky you have a daughter - I'd have to stick to the beading and embellishment, though I have made MANY long hostess skirts and other things, it just occupies me to such an extent that Nothing else gets done till the outfit is ready to wear - not practical for involved things like lined garments and set-in sleeves (done that, too)

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 4 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 19, 2000 (19:32) * 9 lines 
Quick Thread Belt Carriers

It is easy to make thread belt carriers with your sewing
machine. Measure the width of your belt and add seam
allowances. Cut and twist several strands of thread
together. Hold the threads taunt while you zigzag over them
with a satin stitch. Sew them in place when you sew your
side seams.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 5 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, May 22, 2000 (13:52) * 8 lines 
Repair a Shirt Pocket
Breast pockets are a frequent repair on a still-serviceable
shirt. To repair a rip, fuse a piece of lightweight fabric
to the wrong side of the tear. Re-stitch the pocket on the
original sewing line, duplicating the stitch length.
Finally, for reinforcement, stitch a triangle in each
corner of the pocket edge.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 6 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, May 23, 2000 (14:39) * 10 lines 
Covering A Cord

An alternate, no-sew method to cover a cord for use as a
decorative trim involves a strip of Stitch Witchery. Place
the cord inside the decorative fabric strip. Then, instead
of sewing the cord inside the strip, place a strip of
Stitch Witchery along side the cord. Iron close to the cord
to fuse the strip together. This method eliminates a row of
stitching when you apply the cord to your project.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 7 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 24, 2000 (16:02) * 15 lines 
Batting Alternative

If you are making a quilt for everyday use, you may
consider using an old blanket or two (just stitch them
together) instead of commercial batting. There are several

You can get additional use out of the old blanket(s)
It can make a heavier/warmer quilt
Commercial bats can separate and require close quilting
No quilting just tie the quilt.

However, it is not easy to hand- or machine-quilt a quilt
with a blanket as it is with the batting.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 8 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, May 25, 2000 (12:18) * 14 lines 
Ribbing for Knits

Here are some things to keep in mind when working with
ribbing for knit garments:

Select a ribbing the same weight as the fashion fabric.
Stand your flexible measuring tape on its side for accurate
measurements of circular openings, such as necklines and
For a round neckline, cut ribbing 2/3rds of the measured
length of the opening plus seam allowance.
V-neckline ribbings are cut to the same measurement as the
garment opening plus seam allowance.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 9 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 26, 2000 (14:16) * 12 lines 
Notion: Jean-A-Ma-Jig

An extremely handy notion to have on hand is a thick seam
jumper or Jean-A-Ma-Jig. If you have ever tried to hem a
pair of jeans or any other bulky fabric and have had your
thread become tangled or your machine skip a stitch, then
this is the item for you. When you place the Jean-A-Ma-Jig
under the lowered presser foot, the thick plastic holds the
foot level to allow you to sew over the bulky area without
the usual problems.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 10 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, May 30, 2000 (14:17) * 13 lines 
To Clip or Not

It is easy to fall into the habit of clipping every curved
seam you work with, but clipping the crotch or armhole seam
is not advisable. Clipping the pants/sleeve seam reduces
the life of that seam because it allows the seam to
straighten out and puts additional stress on the seam line.
For the strongest crotch or armhole seam, sew once on the
seam line and then, again, slightly inside the seam
allowance. Finish the edges together and press to one side.
To reduce bulk, you may want to trim the seam a little in
the curved area.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 11 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Jun  5, 2000 (15:00) * 10 lines 
Weighting A Stuffed Project

While it is tempting to use rice or birdseed to add weight
or poseablity to a stuffed project, use polyester pellets
(a weighted stuffing material) instead. Rice or birdseed
could attract insects or promote mold growth in your
project. If sewing a child's toy, enclose the pellets in a
separate bag before inserting into the project so they
won't scatter if a seam breaks.

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 Response 12 of 18: Anon  (curious) * Mon, Aug 20, 2001 (23:06) * 1 lines 
Great tips!

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 13 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Aug 25, 2001 (16:09) * 1 lines 
I should join that service again. It seemed to have some good ideas. Perhaps Anon will join us in suggestions or Anon's client will. One can never have too many good ideas.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 14 of 18: Crafty Wolfie  (wolf) * Tue, Sep  3, 2002 (19:55) * 5 lines 
my friend and i made some reversable christmas placemats and napkins this weekend. it was quick, easy, and fun! the hardest part was finding complementary fabric.

we also made some photo album covers (a little fabric and batting).

she and i are working on a quilt that she'll give to her mother for christmas. guess i'd better get working on my pieces!

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 15 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Oct  1, 2002 (15:58) * 1 lines 
Wow! Wolfie, I have done no crafting in ages. I should begin knitting sweaters for the eventuality of winter (whatever that is) and colder temperatures.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 16 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Oct  2, 2002 (12:58) * 1 lines 
I saw an article on a sewing machine that has a computer screen in one of those muscle pc type mags. I should have joted a couple of notes so I could have posted something a bit more informative.

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 17 of 18: Crafty Wolfie  (wolf) * Wed, Oct  2, 2002 (21:47) * 1 lines 
i have a friend who owns a $3K embroidery machine. you plug in a card, put in your fabric, and walk away. can you imagine???? and i thought my $300 machine was expensive (and i paid for the auto tension, mostly)..... am thinking about getting a little one for my daughter to practice with--anyone have any suggestions?

 Topic 9 of 23 [crafts]: Sewing
 Response 18 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Mar  8, 2003 (15:39) * 3 lines 
There are ladies in Hilo who do elaborate logos for UHHilo Vulcans. They are serious machines and are computer driven. You can scan new designs into the memory and it will make them to size.

Wolfie, I havea stripped down basic Singer. I love it because it is so simple and I use it for repairs and such. It is a good beginning machine that will last forever.

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