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How refreshing to see men who care about how they look!
My goal is to offer to shorten the hems of my coworkers' pants that I see dragging on the ground.
Love my air-jet threading serger, but am sure I don't know how to fully utilize the capabilities. Hoping this book will help!
Preshrink everything! If a garment can't go into the washer, I'm probably not going to be happy with it, so I buy very little that isn't washable. I use zippered mesh bags (from a dollar store) to prewash zippers or any trim. Zig-zag or just straight stitch alowg both cut edges of new fabric before washing and drying it. Then when it is added to my fabric stash, if I see the stitching along the edges, I know it is ready to cut out. No guessing about how it will look when washed!
Tip: buy a yard of silk organza in white, ivory or a light beige. Yes, use REAL SILK! It can take high heat and gives really good visibility of whatever you are pressing underneath. Cut the yard in half and you have 2 press cloths, use one for pressing and one just for fusibles. Zig-zag or serge along the cut edges to prevent ravelling. How to remember which press cloth is for fusibles? Use a bright color thread when you sew around the cut edges, to designate the "fusible press cloth". Use a thread that matches the organza for your non-fusible use press cloth.
I iron almost everything. I prefer to look "well-pressed", not just "wrinkle-free out of the dryer".
Mary Ray is a phenomenal designer. She is also most gracious and generous with her knowledge as she teaches. I had the pleasure of meeting her and taking a class. I would love to have this DVD to benefit from even more of her experience and talent!
What a treat! When the new issue of Threads magazine arrives in my mailbox each month, I immediately scan it from cover to cover. Then later that night, after everyone else is in bed and the TV is turned off...it's my time to really read it. A chance to win it free for one year would be terrific!
The armhole is my biggest fitting problem.
I rarely see this addressed in fitting classes.
My shoulders are narrow, and my arms are not very big around, the the armhole opening (armscye) is always too tight.
I'd like to learn how to make this fitting adjustment.
Yeah! quick to sew gifts...I need this book!
Yet one more book I want to add to my libray!
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