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Toronto , ON, CA

craft interests: fashion, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 06/16/2013

recent comments

Re: Reuse plastic bags for smooth sewing

I also use strip of tissue paper; the kind you wrap presents in. I keep a stash of used tissue paper.

Re: Video: How to Clip Curves Accurately

My comments are the sames the above. I was waiting for info on how to properly NOTCH those edges.

Re: Video: How to Attach an All-in-One Facing

Great lesson. But, one question; when do U get to try on the garment to ensure the sides fir, and the armhole cut outs are appropriate for me? I suppose, I'd have to first pin the dress together, check these fit area, note or mark them, then take the dress apart again to be able to lay it flat to put the facing on it. Any suggestions?

Re: Video: How to Modify Sleeves for Better Arm Mobility

Wonderful lesson! I learned so much. Sleeves have always been a huge problem for me. Many times I cut 2-3 sleeves trying to get it right.

I would appreciate a lesson on how to properly modify cases when there is too much ease in the sleeve at the shoulder seam area. I hate that nasty puffiness. It's always a sign of a bad home sewing project. Personally, I have cut off 1/4 to 1/2 off the sleeve cap, although I'm not sure that's the perfect method. BTW, this problem usually occurs when using symthetic fabrics which do not have any "give" like wool does.

Re: How to Sew Pin Tucks

Very interesting!

I don't have a double needle. So, can some sewer out there try this and report back how this worked out for you?

Re: Video Quick Tips: How to Adjust Shoulders

This was a great video. I find that I have to reduce the ease of the sleeve on 90% of my garments. This is especially true when using synthetic fabrics. I wonder if the pattern companies make sleeve patterns assuming the customers will be making wool garments. (Wool can be shaped and "shrunk" into place taking up some of the excess ease. Synthetic fabrics do not behave this way.)I often baste in the sleeve, try on the garment, and if the ease is too much (too puffy, or too many unwanted gathers), I'll re-do it 2-4 times, trimming way a bit each time and basting it in again, and again. Yes, it's a lot of work and somewhat frustrating. But, I wss afraid trim off too much at once.

Now, with this new info, I'll just measure the sleeve and compare against the armhole, and adjust it, per the video.

Re: How to Create a Draped Cowl Neckline

Hi: Thanks very much. I think these instructions are great. I intend to try this. This kind of neckline falls beautifully if you use a lightweight, fairly thin knit fabric.


Re: How to Interface a Hem

Re past from Scarlett:

Ref: Just curious but why not just fold a piece of bias cut interfacing (double the width of the hem minus 1/8 to 1/4" for the turn of the hem instead of sewing 2 pieces together?
Am I missing something about the necessity of using 2 pieces and sewing them together?

I don't get it either.

I just do it my way. See my other post.

Re: How to Interface a Hem

For a circular or bias skirt, if you plan to use a woven interfacing, cut the interfacing on the bias too. If it's a knit interfacing, cut it on the hroizontal, to get the maximum stretch.

Re: How to Interface a Hem

Thanks! I've been doing this for a long time.
A few tips:
1. For thinnner/softer fabrics, I like to use a knit non-woven interfacing: it's softer and more flexible. (Doesn't create a siff look at the hem.
2. For some fabrics, one layer of interfacing is enough. I iron it to the hem edge.
3. To get the glue to stick, spray the fabric and the interfacing with water, and use a pressing cloth, and hold the iron in place for several minutes to get the glue melted.
4. For thin fabrics, test, on a scrap, to see if the glue bleeds" through.
5. This technique is also good for sleeve hems.
6. I just iron on the interfacing. No sewing involved.