Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

February 22, 2006

Have you checked the price of thread and the yardage on the spool? Have you ever run out of thread with just a few seams to top-stitch, and you just have to have that matching thread?

We often waste a lot of time and thread as we sew the garment together. I learned this little trick a long time ago. It's amazing how much time you will save as you sew, let alone the thread.

Let's suppose you are putting a garment together. You've just sewn the dart in the right back skirt.

Stop!

Don't pull it away from the needle and cut the threads. Just pull it out from the needle about an inch or so. Now, stitch the other side's dart, tuck it right under the needle and sew a few stitches (two or three will do). Now reach behind and cut away the other section.

Go right on assembling your garment. As soon as you reach the end of that second dart, follow that same procedure -- on the side seams of the skirt, or the shoulders etc. Just follow one section or dart, or sleeve seam, or whatever, one right after the other. You'll save yards and yards of thread.

Hint: Are you using cotton-wrapped polyester thread?

Try it. It's much better for the tension on your sewing machine and it doesn't wear thin and break at your needle. It doesn't snarl and knot up on you, either. If your machine starts skipping stitches when you are sewing knits, you need a ballpoint needle, or maybe you just need a new needle.

A blunt or dull needle can cause a thumping sound as it penetrates the fabric. It may also pull the threads or yarns of the fabric or skip stitches, so replace it promptly. It's wise to always keep several sizes of needles on hand. Always use ballpoint needles for sewing knits.

Hug the kids and pray for our leaders.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086, auntnorie@bdc.net.

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