Archive for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

April 15, 2009

Some of our newer fabrics, certainly not woven, they creep, crawl, stretch in all directions — factory-made seams, impossible to duplicate with your machine. One of our young ladies bought this beautiful formal one-piece pant with satin top, those legs just had to be tapered. But how to?

So today I thought we’d get into that. Just takes a lot of time and patience. The cardboard cutting board that you can unfold over the bed or table won’t let the fabric creep around quite as much. Carefully spread them out, punching pins through them (into the board), holding them firmly in line as you (with a yard stick) mark your new seam line. Now carefully place pins across that line (you can actually stitch right over those pins). Now for the main, most important step: Starting at the top, coming down the leg as you stitch, just slide a sheet of paper under the garment under the seam line. As you near the edge of that sheet, slip a second sheet of paper, continuing on to the end of the seam. When finished, the paper will (carefully) tear away. Your seam will lie so nice unpuckered. Cut away the excess and zig-zag the edge if you feel you need to.

Now for the paper I use: thin tracing paper, the plain white paper used in art work. I will repeat one of my favorite tricks (I’ve given you before). My “markers”: I don’t very often use any kind of chalk. I like bar soap (Dove) — it’s soft, at the basin in the bath room.

I wear the bar down very thin on purpose so the edges are very sharp and thin. That thin edge makes a fine line, it also washes right out if it doesn’t brush right off.

Now if this is the first time you’ve used paper for this, stop right here and practice. Paper is used this way in lots of craft work, typing paper often, even long strips of newsprint.

With prom time right around the corner, I though this a good time to share the paper trick.

Bye now and God bless.

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

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