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Expert Chat with Louise Cutting has Begun

To chat with Louise, please leave your question in the "comments" section located at the bottom of this post.

Welcome to Threads Expert Chat with contributing editor, sewing instructor, and pattern designer Louise Cutting. This week’s Q&A will focus on achieving professional-looking collar bands, which Louise covers in “Precision Collar Band,” Threads #173 (June/July 2014). 

If you’ve read this article and have questions on any of the techniques outlined, or have general sewing questions, please leave them in the comments section below.


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    malsews | | #1

    I have a general sewing question: I've sewn garments for 50 years, yet my side seams pull up at the hem. Any suggestions?

  2. Beader | | #2

    I love you ideas for hemming lightweight fabrics. Would you use a stiffener like Mary Ellen,s stabilizer to help control the fabric?

  3. user-1127959 | | #3

    Where do I find her response to these comments that were made

  4. ItaruSa | | #4

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    user-137240 | | #5

    Malsew...are you using polyester thread? And a universal needle. If so switch to 100% cotton thread and an 11 quilting needle. Will help more than you know.

    On board waiting for flight to leave. Till later Louise

    sent from my iPhone

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    user-137240 | | #6

    Beader...always test a piece if fabric to make sure it won't 'run' the color. Also how so you plan to remove it after the hem is sewn.

    If you sew at 1.5mm to stabilize the facric with your stay stitch should help

    sent from my iPhone

  7. user-1026624 | | #7

    I intend to buy some of your blouse and pants patterns. How should I take my measurement so I can order the right size?

  8. user-3354507 | | #8

    Hello Louise

    What is the best way to keep seams flat inside a woollen garment?
    I have the problem with the seam fold back section not sitting flat once it has been worn or cleaned.


  9. zarzamora | | #9

    , I need to copy a ready to wear top with an uneven neckline and some sheering from left shoulder and ending above the right breast; the rest of the top is simple, it has only seams at the shoulders and at the sides. Could you suggest to me a good method for making a sewing pattern to copy it. Thanking you in advance and I am really enjoying your tutorials. You give an amazing amount of helpful tips.

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    SewTerri | | #10

    Hi Louise, love your patterns and DVDs on techniques. I know you keep up with styles and trends and interpret them in your patterns, so what new pieces/coordinates would you recommend adding to my wardrobe using/sewing from your current patterns for fall/winter?

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    missmarie | | #11

    I have been trialing binding using the ripple free bias binding video. What would you use to bind silk chiffon??

    I used self binding. I found that when cutting the bias strips they moved and I couldn't get the correct width all the way through the strips. Used a rotary cutter and large quilter's ruler to hold. Where the strips were the correct width I folded them but there was twisting and the fold wouldn't hold. In the end I used some matching woven single bias and handstitched on the wrong side.

    Also what can you do when you can't use steam-a-seam due to not being able to wash the fabric?
    Thank you Louise for your time.
    Kind regards

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