Member Since: 11/03/2009
Couldn't believe that sewers actually have problems with inside/outside curve construction. This was basic instruction in my high school sewing class and has worked for me ever since. In talking to fellow classmates, they, too, have never had problems with inside/outside curve construction. Guess an old fashioned sewing class needs to be started in secondary education institutions. I hate to take away your job, Mr. King. You have excellent visual and written instructions.
Great ideas for storage. My room serves as my bedroom, study (I'm an online college student), sewing and craft room and a library along with my quilting fabric. I have a 6'wide, 7'high closet that has shelving and is filled with my fabric. To store my supplies I at first had those old fashioned tins and the predominte color held that color of supplies. However, the room began to look TOOOOOOO cluttered so I bought white photo storage boxes. I marked each one with a color and store everything (except bobbins) - thread, buttons, zippers, tape, ribbon, of the same color in the same box. It makes a much neater looking shelf space above my sewing machines. I have found that plastic bags seal in moisture and can be a problem. Cotton, especially, has to breath.
I also do a lot of quilting and use nothng but cotton thread. And since I use a LOT of thread (white or natural) I look for sales as I can go through a large spool of thread in two weeks. I have found that the cheaper thread (2 spools for $3.00) will fuzz up terribly. But even the same brand but not on a special promotion works find. Fortunately because I sew so much, I clean my machine every Saturday morning - I have a dandy little vacuum. A lot of fuzz can be a disaster for the machine.
It's about time someone put a postings such as this online. Apparently not too many people take sewing classes in high school as we did. Those measurements were part of the course. I have used the index finger tip for all my life (70+) and your thumb tip to the first crease is 1" and the second is 1-1/4". And the dollar bill idea is great but people look rather weird toward my husband and I as we string the bills down/around a pair of pants at Goodwill to see if it will fit him.
I would like more info on the laster level. What kindis the best? Thanks
Doesn't this give you raw edges at the top and bottom seam allowance. I usually use very lightweight interfacing or lining material and line all my pockets for a finished feel. With careful clipping at the corners there is little if no bulk to worry about and no loose edges/threads when you bring your hand out of the pocket.
Have been doing this for the past 60 years. Learned it from my mother who used it since 1922. Works great every time. I use clips and/or pins for marking everything on a pattern. Saves time, doesn't make a mark that can't be washed out but inadvertenly picking up the wrong marker. In fact, I don't have a marker, except for a #2 pencile, in my sewing room.
Have been using this technique since I started sewing over 60 years ago. Learned it from my mother who made all our clothes (sons and daughters) since 1922. I use pins and/or clips for marking everything on a pattern. Why mess with anything else.
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