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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:09 AM (#57833)
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Hi All,

Use this thread to post your tips and tricks for sewing faster and smarter.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:15 AM (#57834 - in reply to #57833)
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Hi All,

A few tips from me to get you started.

1. If you have the luxury, leave your sewing machine and ironing board set up.
2. Spend a day or two getting organized. Create a list of items you really really want to complete and prioritize them.
3. Determine what you want to sew and get the patterns printed and cut out. My least favorite part of sewing is cutting the fabric. Once I get myself past that hurdle, I tend to make faster progress. For myself, I plan to cut out several garments this next week or two and have them ready to sew.
4. Try to sew at least 15 to 30 minutes a day or try to complete one major task each time you sit down to sew. Make all of the pockets, sew all of the darts, sew the major seams, set in the zipper, etc. I find I make fewer mistakes if I complete each major step in one session.
5. Ask for help and let us all know how you are doing.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:32 AM (#57838 - in reply to #57833)
Subject: RE: Tips and Tricks



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Hi All,

I have a new waistline option that I created last week for the Sandra Betzina TV shows I filmed. It is a cross between a faced and elastic waistline. It is extremely comfortable to wear giving you the look smooth look of the faced waistline with the comfort and flexibilty of the elastic waistline. The "facing" is cut on and turned under. Wide elastic is stitched to the underside of the facing only along the edge of the facing. No casing is actually created. This is a very easy waistline to do. I used an invisible zipper as well to get a really smooth waistline with no bulk. It can be created for many different styles including straight, flared, and gored. I have posted a picture of my finished patterns below and will post a picture of the skirt I made shortly.

At some point, it will make it into the program in an update. For now, it is really easy to do in PE and I will show you how later this week.



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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 8:40 AM (#57839 - in reply to #57838)
Subject: RE: Tips and Tricks



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Hi All,

To allow for future alterations due to changes in weight:

1. add 1 inch seam allowances for side seams in pants and skirts and press the seams open.
2. sew zippers into the center front or center back seams only. It is nearly impossible to alter a garment with a side seam zipper.
3. choose the darts/elastic waistline or my new faced/elastic waistline option (more to come on this one)
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 8:58 AM (#57841 - in reply to #57833)
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cool thread, lisa!

for other alteration options, choose shoulder princess seaming, but sew the pieces in this order: 

  1. side front to side back at the shoulder
  2. center front to center back at the shoulder
  3. princess seam from front hem thru shoulder to back hem.

the princess seam can be taken in as needed, and at the same time can be reshaped as needed.

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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 9:02 AM (#57842 - in reply to #57841)
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Excellent! Not one I ever tried. I love princess seams. They are so slimming and can be done in an infinite variety of styles. I did the princess panel for the TV shows last week. I will post a pic in a bit.
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 9:05 AM (#57844 - in reply to #57842)
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thanks lisa, that is a trick i learned in a costume shop.  costumers are all about the alterations.  :D

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kirsten
Posted 2009-09-05 10:44 AM (#57859 - in reply to #57838)
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Lisa, I am so tempted to join. I need motivation at the moment as I realized that I need to change my style as my age has changed also.

I am busy with skirts at the moment and I want to make the skirt that you showed with the high waist, so your tip on the faced/elastic facing is what I would love. I have a small waist compared to my 2 sizes larger hips so need to fit the waist closely. Waiting for your tip before I complete my skirt.

Thank you for the tips, of making patterns, cutting altogether etc. That sounds better.

Rowena, your tip about sewing order of princess seams is something I will use, it should be so much easier to match the shoulder seam, something that I am very particular about.



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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 10:50 AM (#57860 - in reply to #57833)
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I have large 12 x 18 zip lock bags for projects.  Nothing worse than not being able to find the zipper when you need it.  Everthing is in the bag, plus it's large enough to put most projects in while working on them.  Hate to not find a facing.

I also have some small baggies for thread - bobbins - buttons - small notions - I then put them in the big bag - makes them easier to find.

Also, I make notes on the pattern if doing something special.  I also use masking tape to put notes on the fabric pattern pieces.

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dotmoll
Posted 2009-09-05 11:21 AM (#57862 - in reply to #57833)
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This is so simple...I keep a cheap old exercise book, and write down EVERY step I can think of for a project (on alternate lines, in case I forget something...). Then I number everything, and box together major steps, so I can keep the whole process organized in my mind.

I do check the sewing instructions in the User's Guide, but going through things in my own mind makes the difference for me - no more days wasted, too scared to go on and maybe make some silly mistake (e.g. forgetting to cut on a little extra seam allowance for integrated pockets)!
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 11:25 AM (#57863 - in reply to #57859)
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kirsten - 2009-09-05 10:44 AM

Lisa, I am so tempted to join. I need motivation at the moment as I realized that I need to change my style as my age has changed also.

I am busy with skirts at the moment and I want to make the skirt that you showed with the high waist, so your tip on the faced/elastic facing is what I would love.



The skirt above is actually not a high waisted skirt. The "facing" is turned down at the waistline markings you see on the pattern. The darts go through the facing. It does need to sit at the natural waist and be straight across to work though. The elastic is then sewn to the underside of the facing.
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kirsten
Posted 2009-09-05 11:45 AM (#57865 - in reply to #57863)
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Thanks Lisa, makes sense, I will use this also.

I have started having my skirts right in the natural waist as my upper body is long and my legs are short in comparison. So having a long as possible vertical skirt is working for me.

What is the tallest straight waist band that works without making the skirt into a high waisted and shaped.

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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-05 12:01 PM (#57867 - in reply to #57865)
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kirsten - 2009-09-05 11:45 AM

Thanks Lisa, makes sense, I will use this also.

I have started having my skirts right in the natural waist as my upper body is long and my legs are short in comparison. So having a long as possible vertical skirt is working for me.

What is the tallest straight waist band that works without making the skirt into a high waisted and shaped.



I would guess no more than 2". Wider than that and they will start to get up against the bottom of the rib cage. I like my waistbands at about 1 1/2" wide.
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cfonfold
Posted 2009-09-05 7:50 PM (#57878 - in reply to #57833)
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This is going to be an invaluable thread! One of my frustration savers is to always cut a 1" seam allowance at seams where a zipper is to be installed. So much easier to work with! And with 1" you can easily choose to use a slotted zip or lapped zip. And can change your mind at the last minute if necessary

Coopie

P.S. And thank you Lisa for this set of threads--some where to crow if we want, pass on things we have learned from experience,ask advice, and if necessary--mourn our failures!

C



Edited by cfonfold 2009-09-05 7:57 PM
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-09-05 10:54 PM (#57888 - in reply to #57878)
Subject: RE: Tips and Tricks


Lisa, I have been using this type of waistline for quite awhile with my slinky knit skirts and pants. I don't stitch all the way around anymore, but I do tack the elastic in place at seams and sometimes at the darts. Do you do something like this to hold the "band" in place or use some other method?

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magenta
Posted 2009-09-06 5:42 AM (#57894 - in reply to #57833)
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Hi everyone. I'd like some advice on adding an all-in-facing to a sleeveless dress or top. I followed some instructions in a magazine I have, but there was no way it would turn to the inside. The dress has an invisible zipper on the back. Should this be added before or after sewing on the facing. Grateful for all your advice!

Sarah
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-06 9:56 AM (#57903 - in reply to #57894)
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we have a couple of threads about this on the forum, i'll try to find them.  this should go in a separate thread, as it isn't really a tip, it is a construction technique.  karen uses one technique, i use another, and the zipper makes a difference.

edited to add:

this link has karen's description of how she does it:

http://www.wildginger.com/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=7431&posts=19

this link has my description:

http://www.wildginger.com/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=5834&posts=5

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magenta
Posted 2009-09-06 5:13 PM (#57917 - in reply to #57903)
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Rowena, thanks for the links. I started the 'gold medal' one, but couldn't find it anywhere. How do I move this thread to the right place?

Sarah
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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-06 5:55 PM (#57920 - in reply to #57917)
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don't worry about it, the other threads exist in the right forums.  i just didn't want to start a discussion here about them.

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Cate - Gold Coast
Posted 2009-09-06 10:33 PM (#57932 - in reply to #57833)
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For my PMB projects, I bought a folder with plastic sleeves.  I print the summary sheet out first and keep it here with a sample of the fabric.  As I make up the garment, I hand note any changes or problems.

I can then use the folder as a reference the next time I make something similar.  (eg 7.5cm bust ease was suitable for that garment but that was a stretch fabric so perhaps I need a little more for this new project - or perhaps not because this project is sleeveless and that one wasn't.

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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-09-07 11:55 AM (#57943 - in reply to #57932)
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Excellent idea, Cate! Like Karen, I also have large clear plastic bags that zip shut where I put my projects after I cut them out, keeping all the parts together. I've been keeping my summary sheets in a folder, but recently wished that I had kept a record of what fabric I used for specific projects.
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julie w
Posted 2009-09-07 5:41 PM (#57956 - in reply to #57833)
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I keep a diary of what I have sewn with a swatch of fabric, a picture, either a line drawing or by hand, and any changes I would make in the future. I save the style sheet and pattern on the PC or if I think it will be something I will make frequently I keep a hard copy in a plastic sleeve.
Julie
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pamelac858
Posted 2009-09-09 6:41 AM (#57972 - in reply to #57833)
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I save my patterns to include the description of the fabric and the date, then I make hand notes as Cate mentioned, during and after construction, and I keep them in chronological order in a plastic folder for future reference. I keep it with my travel stuff because when we are on the road - about 60-70% of the time - I plan and create styles so I know what to sew when we get back home.

A pattern/style might be something like: bl_heath_kn_9909 for a blue heather knit created on Sept. 9, 09. My stash are my friends; I know each piece by heart and that's all I need to remember what I made.

Pam
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-09 7:08 AM (#57975 - in reply to #57833)
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Remember the Style Catalog - you can put notes and pictures there and save it and print it out.
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pamelac858
Posted 2009-09-09 7:23 AM (#57976 - in reply to #57833)
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Thanks for that, Karen. I haven't quite mastered adding to the Style sheeets yet, I'll try it!
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