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judyhouston | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Help me here. I am a competent sewer and above average at visualizing written instructions but this article ( p. 60) has me confused.  Perhaps it could be a little more complete.

 Specifically p. 62 the seams. On step 2 she says to trim all 4 layers to 1/8″. How do you then enclose that seam since it will be visible.

and p. 64 the tip. Is she suggesting ribbon instead of interfacing?  And is the second edge secured to the same ribbon as well?


Edited 1/4/2006 1:45 am ET by judyhouston


  1. mimi | | #1

    Good questions!  I just received my issue today and was wondering the same things.


  2. carolfresia | | #2

    Hi, Judy,

    Let me see if I can clarify. In reverse order: for the hem, the narrow ribbon replaces the fusible interfacing if you prefer a "couture" finish; use it on only one edge of the hem to stabilize the finished hem.

    For the seam, the idea is that once you've trimmed all four layers, the three seam allowances that are stitched together are pressed underneath the peeled allowance, toward the peel line. When this is done, the yellow staystitching should line up exactly on top of the blue machine stitching line that holds the three attached layers together--with a 1/8-inch extension left over. This 1/8 inch is what you turn under and slipstitch into place. Now, I personally would never be able to do this--I'm too much of a klutz and have lousy eyesight to boot. What I would do is trim the three sewn seam allowances to 1/8 inch, and leave the peeled seam allowance 1/4 or 3/8 inch wide. That gives you a little more to work with when you're turning it under and slipstitching it along its folded edge.


    1. judyhouston | | #3

      Thank You. I think I understand.  Only doing it will bring it home. j


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