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Susan's Blog – October 2008 Archive (3)

Machine Gathering

Gathering is the sewing technique used for many applications in different sewing projects. Ruffles are an example of gathered fabric, as are puffy sleeve caps. Gathering is accomplished by first applying long stitches, called basting, and gently pulling up on the threads to gather the fabric.

*To machine baste, set your sewing machine to its longest available stitch length. *Stitch this basting stitch along where your seam line will be, on most commercial patterns 5/8… Continue

Added by Susan on October 29, 2008 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

How To Sew A French Seam

Many sewing projects that you encounter will have you sewing two panels of fabric together creating a seam. Unless you have a serger, the edges of your seam are going to be ragged and possibly unraveling.

If you're sewing a lined drapery panel or sewing a pillow, or a sewing project where the seams will end up being hidden, then the ragged edges are no big deal. But what if you plan on sewing a sheer drapery panel? Those seams would look unsightly. What do you… Continue

Added by Susan on October 28, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Quilting Fabric

Beginner quilters are often mystified by the selection of quilting fabric. Rest assured that once you have a quilt or two under your belt, selecting quilting fabric gets easier. If you are still uncomfortable selecting quilting fabrics, here are a few tips to keep in mind. 1. Who will the quilt be for? If you are making a baby quilt, don't choose open weave fabrics in which tiny fingers might get entangled. If you are quilting for a… Continue

Added by Susan on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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