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Christy | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am currently making placemats for Thanksgiving/Christmas.  I am using brocade & satin with felt on the inside for firmness.  I am also using Rayon threading with a size 9 needle.  The problem that i’m having that there’s puckering in my stitching.  I have tried holding the fabric taut on both sides but to no avail still puckering.  I can get some of it out by pressing when i’m done but would like to know how to prevent this in the beginning.  Pls help only one week left before my house is filled with 20 hungry guests!



  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    It sounds like your tension is to tight.  Have you tried loosening it?

    1. Christy | | #2

      i'll try that


  2. sherryv | | #3

    Christy, I just had a thought - could it be the "quilting" effect with that felt in the middle?  If that's the case, you really won't be able to do much about it, as layers quilt in a textured way...and therein lies their charm and beauty.  Just a thought :)  It sounds like a beautiful project!

    1. Christy | | #4

      Thanks Sherry

      I was thinking the same thing too and i'm going to make my tension looser.  It is so beautiful I brought it to work today to show my co-workers how nice it is.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        They sound lovely.  I would loosen the needle tension and possibly use a longer stitch length.  Another thought is that you may need to lessen the presser foot preassure.  Mary

        1. Christy | | #6

          thanks Mary i'll try that

  3. jatman | | #7

    Send us a picture when you are done?  It sounds beautiful!


    1. Christy | | #8

      Will do!

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        blondie2sew | | #9

        I can't wait to see your finished placemats!!I know you don't have anything else to do. 20 people wow!! But that is a blessing I know mine doesn't stack up to yours... yours sound just elegant but on a different twist I just posted my Turkey Placemats for you all to see in the gallery under Turkey Placemats.Check them out it will bring a smile to you. We will be dining on the turkeys's this year!!Connie

        Edited 11/16/2006 1:15 pm ET by blondie2sew

        1. Christy | | #10

          i saw them and they're great!

          Can i have that pattern because i would love to do that next year.

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            blondie2sew | | #11

            Of course it was a free one off the internet!!If you look close there are 3 button holes in 3 of the feathers in each and there is where you put the silverware! Too cutehttp://www.whitesewing.comThis will be under project of the month!!And I just went on there to make sure of the www address and it is again the feature like it was last season I fell into itThis will be a PDF file so you can save it to you computer!!Too fun.Connie

          2. Christy | | #12

            Thanks Connie

            That is too cute!

            I can't wait to finish this project to start on more...

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            blondie2sew | | #13

            Just remmeber to post your placemats when finished before you start your next! ha haWe all want to seeHave funConnie

          4. flossie | | #14

            Connie, I am so glad you explained about the buttonholes - I noticed them in the photos and have been puzzling over them. I had visions of buttoning them to a tablecloth LOL.

            Great job. I will download pattern although we don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, I could possibly adapt it for Christmas. I'll put it in the list of things "to do"

            Regards Pauline

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            blondie2sew | | #15

            I love it!! I guess that would be puzzling It would be funny to see who else thought what!!I am sorry I didn't mention that on my original post.Of course you can make them Christmas Turkeys!!They are a fun project enjoyConnie

          6. Christy | | #16

            My placemat pics are here! sorry for the delay.

            I'll also send more pics of the entire set up after we got  the table set.

            Edited 11/28/2006 11:16 am ET by Christy

          7. Josefly | | #17

            Hey, Christy. Those are very pretty placemats. I love the way you did the border with the mitered corners.

          8. jatman | | #18


            Those are just beautiful!  Thank you for posting pictures!


          9. Christy | | #26

            Hey guys i've got more pictures from Thanksgiving.  Sorry for the delay.


          10. jatman | | #27

            Christy - those are beautiful!  Nice job - love the mitered edges.  Thank you for posting your pics!



          11. user-51823 | | #28

            lovely job! beautiful choice of fabrics, and i like the way you alternated black and gold edging.
            what is the edging made of? it looks like satin; did you buy blanket trim or cut it yourself? that's hard to get even!

          12. Christy | | #29

            it cut them out myself and used satin for the green & gold and used brocade for the middle piece.  It held together well because I put felt on the inside for firmness.

          13. fabricholic | | #32

            What a lovely table you have set. I like the idea of the felt for firmness.Marcy

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            blondie2sew | | #33

            Hi Christy I know this is a late posting but I just saw your wonderful table setting over the Holidays and WoW how elegant it was!!!Great job.......so I am really gun shy on the mitered corners so was it easy this is something I really need to learn. I have just avoided them all these years. Shame on me! Yours were perfect!! Got any advice?ThanksConnie

          15. Christy | | #34

            Hey Connie

            This is what i used for my mitered corners. I was weary at first as well but i kept practicing with scrap fabric until i felt comfortable.  But this attachment is fail proof even for me. Pgs 6-7 explain it in detail

            Edited 1/23/2007 8:02 am ET by Christy

            Edited 1/23/2007 8:03 am ET by Christy

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            blondie2sew | | #35

            Oh Thank you that is wonderful and I guess I will just have to practice and practice..Connie

          17. adelinarose | | #30

            Gorgeous job Christy! Keep at it.



          18. Christy | | #31

            thanks guys so much!

          19. thimbles1260 | | #19

            Your placemats are beautiful.  I was especially impressed with the mitered border.  Now you've caused me to want to make placemats too!!  What a great place for me to learn to do a mitered border!  I hadn't thought of that!

          20. Christy | | #22

            i'm attaching the pdf file that helped me...

            pgs 6-8 were the most helpful

          21. jatman | | #23

            Thank you so much for posting that! 


          22. fabricholic | | #20

            Hi Christy,

            What interesting fabric.  Where did you find it?  I'll bet your family was impressed.  I know it would make me feel special to sit down to a table that lovely.


          23. Christy | | #21

            i purchased all of it at Hancocks.

            the brocade and satin was on sale at the time.

          24. stitchintime | | #24

            First let me tell you that I also thought your turkey placemats turned out great. What a nice way to make a fun holiday. Last year my sister told me that she's tired of getting stressed out before holidays and she decided that the theme of each holiday was going to be something fun and everyone had to contribute something to make it fun. A change in attitude can make a big change in atmosphere. Now I know what to contribute next year.

            Thank you also for the link to the other projects. I'm looking forward to trying some of them.

            PS. I was also a little puzzled by the buttonholes on the placemats so I'm glad you explained that.

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            blondie2sew | | #25

            I am so glad you liked them!!You will have a wonderful contribution next Thanksgiving and all will enjoy!Connie

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