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magenta
Posted 2010-03-25 3:05 PM (#61812)
Subject: directional sewing



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Two questions - a) Does directional sewing go from narrowest to widest or vice versa? b) How important is it? A couple of my sewing books don't mention it anywhere. Does it depend on the garment or section of a garment eg a gored skirt or a side sleeve seam?

confused/puzzled Sarah
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Beverly A.
Posted 2010-03-25 6:53 PM (#61814 - in reply to #61812)
Subject: RE: directional sewing


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I don't do directional sewing at all. Never have either. I've been sewing for almost 65 years.
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-25 7:10 PM (#61816 - in reply to #61814)
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i sometimes do directional sewing but not often.  when i do, i sew from widest to narrowest, from outside toward inside, or from the bottom up.

at least 18 years ago judy barlup told me she didn't think it wasn't important enough to worry about.


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magenta
Posted 2010-03-25 8:07 PM (#61817 - in reply to #61816)
Subject: RE: directional sewing



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thanks ladies - one more related question, if you're sewing a garment with panels, such as a six-piece skirt, should you sew all the seams in the same direction to avoid twisting. I've been sewing for 30 years and haven't bothered much either with directional sewing - just something I hear mentioned every now and then.

Sarah
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-25 8:32 PM (#61818 - in reply to #61817)
Subject: RE: directional sewing



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there are different schools of thought on this.  seamstresses tend to think of sewing in one direction as preventing a twist, and quilters think sewing in opposite directions prevents a twist.

i say if the thing isn't twisting, then whatever way you're sewing is working just fine.


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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-03-25 9:34 PM (#61820 - in reply to #61812)
Subject: RE: directional sewing


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Sarah, the only time I can think of off the top of my head when directional sewing would be important is if the fabric is ravelly and/or loosely woven and you are stitching on an angle, with some angle of bias at the cut edge. Then I think I would make sure to sew the seams in the direction that looks the most like cat's fur. In other words, sew with the nap of the edge, just as if you were petting (in this case, sewing) a cat, smoothing down the released fibers.

Does this make sense? It's late here!
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magenta
Posted 2010-03-25 10:13 PM (#61821 - in reply to #61820)
Subject: RE: directional sewing



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thanks again! Karen, I remember something about what you said. When the fabric frays a fair bit then you have hairy bits hanging off the edge that are going in one direction like little hooks. I think that's what you mean anyway. Just about to sew a six-gore skirt. Will do it directionally, but I'm not about to make another one straight afterwards using non-directional sewing to see what happens!

Sarah
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cfonfold
Posted 2010-03-25 10:58 PM (#61822 - in reply to #61812)
Subject: RE: directional sewing



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Sewing directionally is never wrong. And often it makes not only sense  but for greater ease. The fabric never fights you when sewing from wide to narrow. As far as to what exactly is directional?  Pin from the top down---stitch from the bottom up. Even chiffons.The only fabric I sew "upside down" is velvet. And am always a bit surprised to find that it does indeed help a bit. And with velvet even a bit is a great deal!

I do believe that experienced stitchers sew directionally by instinct. And of course experience!

Coopie

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Barbie
Posted 2010-03-26 8:10 AM (#61823 - in reply to #61812)
Subject: RE: directional sewing


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I think the place where direction sewing is most important is necklines. It will look more symetrical if the stitching is done symetrical. ( Shoulder to center front.) As for velvet, if it is being sewn to a lining, I free motion the seam. Works like a charm. You don't even have to have even stitches because it won't show. I can get perfectly symetrical sweetheart necklines, . . back when I did sweetheart necklines.
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-26 8:52 AM (#61824 - in reply to #61822)
Subject: RE: directional sewing



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cfonfold - 2010-03-25 8:58 PM

I do believe that experienced stitchers sew directionally by instinct. And of course experience!

Coopie


that might be--when i pick something up i just look at it and somehow i "know" which end to start with.  there was a time when i needed to be told.

working as a stitcher for a good first hand and cutter taught me a lot about this and many other things.



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