21 Sewing Myths Debunked
I'm a pack rat, and I collect a variety of things: old sewing tools and notions, patterns, fabrics, even sewing myths. Through the years, I've seen many recommendations and sewing misconceptions that don't work or are bad advice, so I've selected a few to discuss here.
Here are some of my favorites:
|Myth 1: Lace doesn't have a grain, so you can cut it in any direction.
Reality: This is true, but it requires careful planning to be successful since most laces have more stretch in one direction than the other. More importantly, many laces have a pattern with a directional design.
Myth 2: A Hong Kong binding is the best seam finish on couture designs.
Reality: Generally, the best finish is hand overcasting. It is flatter, less bulky, and drapes better; and it is less likely to show on the right side of the garment. The Hong Kong finish is more attractive on unlined jackets, but very few of these are couture.
Myth 3: When quilting a garment, it is OK to quilt some rows up and some down.
Reality: Your quilted garment will be more attractive when all rows are quilted in the same direction.
Myth 4: When cutting bias, fold a corner so the warp or lengthwise yarns are parallel to the weft or crosswise yarns.Reality: To cut the bias more accurately, use a triangle with a right angle. Spread the fabric and straighten it on the table. Align one short edge of the triangle with the warp, and mark the bias along the long edge.