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Rose_barbosa | Posted in Patterns on

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Ok it tells me to stay-stitch dress front neck edges 1/2″ from cut edge what does it mean????

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  1. Evita_ | | #1

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    Don't skip this step ! Your neckline is on the bias (curved), which means it is unstable and will stretch. Staystiching prevents this, so you can attach the collar or facing neatly. Just use a regular straight stich (2.5mm) and start stiching at the shoulder, then down to the center front. Cut the thread. Do the same on the other side, always working from top to bottom.

    You will benefit from a good beginner book (think of it as insurance against spoiled fabric and unworn garments). One I like is Sewing basics (I think) by Patricia Moyes.

    Keep on sewing !

    1. silkscape_ | | #2

      *I also highly recommend "Sewing Basics". Also I would encourage you to make the same pattern over and over. Each time it will get easier and you will see your results improving. Best wishes with your new endeavor!

      1. Michelle_Wardlow | | #3

        *Do I ever know how you feel. I started sewing four months ago without a clue. The only thing I knew was how to make a straight stitch. I searched everywhere for a class without any luck.This is what has worked for me. I went to a used book store and bought a book. It was the Reader's Digest on Sewing. I bought Simplicity's Simply Sewing. It has helped me learn a lot about reading a pattern. I also got a video called You Can Make It off the interned. It has seven levels on sewing. It starts from the very basics. I am on Level 2. I had to invest some money in books and videos. I just didn't have anyone to help me and I wanted to learn and still do very bad. I couldn't find any ready to wear clothes that would fit me hardly at all. Good luck.

        1. Stephanie_Corina_Goddard | | #4

          *You didn't say what pattern company your pattern came from. Some pattern instruction sheets have diagrams and explanations for certain techniques at the beginning of the instructions. So, if you encounter an unfamiliar term in the step-by-step instructions, you might look elsewhere on the pattern sheet.

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