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Comment by Athena's Grove on July 24, 2013 at 5:15pm

Interesting-looking technique. I would think you could still do this with the fuller fabric up. I was taught to pin the daylights out of it, which takes A TON more time. I wish my machine had a slow button!

Comment by iluvmysix on November 15, 2010 at 8:49am
I tried it and it works!! I don't even have "needle down" or a "slow" button and I was working with knit fabric. I was extremely pleased with the results. Thanks you so much for sharing your expertise!
Comment by Marijayne Favata on September 23, 2010 at 7:06pm
Thank You Thank You. It makes so much sense. This is definately my new technique to try
Comment by Sewnsewist on September 8, 2010 at 2:01am
This is a wonderful tutorial! I tried it and it worked! First time making a set in sleeve. I am so pleased. It also makes me feel more confident in my sewing skills.

Thank you for sharing this!
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on June 20, 2010 at 3:11pm
With practice, I'm sure you can make it work. I do it - even on slippery linings for lined jackets - the lining sleeve to the lining body. Just practice. Measure the amount of ease there is though - 1.5" ease is really the max total...and there really shouldn't be any ease for the very top 1" of the sleeve - so for 1/2" on either side of the shoulder seam at the top. IT will/should 'mush' in only where the sleeve is bias grain on the edge. Practice - and hold your tongue just right! :)
Comment by Barbara Eaton on June 19, 2010 at 12:45pm
I had a tough time doing this with a blouse sleeve. It seemed like I couldn't get the sleeve layer of fabric to move without either moving the blouse layer as well or having to press had enough to actually stretch the sleeve fabric. is it the lighter weight fabric, or the amount of sleeve cap that has to be eased in for a blouse as opposed to a jacket?
Comment by Shirley Clark on June 2, 2010 at 2:10pm
I was taught a different way that doesn't show puckers, but I like this too. You could use a bamboo skewer as your tool.
Comment by Scholastic on May 30, 2010 at 8:02pm
Great job! I always wanted to know the secret!
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on May 28, 2010 at 6:21pm
Thanks all - glad this way is interesting to you. To respond to the sewing over pins EEEKS - well, I've done that forever. I DO wear glasses while I sew - so figure I'm protected there. Yes, I do 'kill' needles, but I use a new needle EVERY time I start a garment - and occassionally WHILE sewing a garment.
Even when I sold machines - I said if it couldn't sew over pins, it wasn't worth having. Personal opinion.
However, if you just 'can't' - with needle down - and going SLOW - you can STILL do this technique. Promise!
Comment by Arlene Hanna on May 27, 2010 at 2:59am
Very useful info. Thanks much.

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