Sewing Solutions: Tips and Techniques for the Savvy Sewist
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Even the best sewists will encounter problems, snags, and little glitches in their work. Expert sewist and author Nicole Vasbinder's Sewing Solutions is an indispensable reference filled with invaluable advice you can trust.
Organized by stages, you'll find:
Detailed advice for the sewing process, including pros and cons, and basic considerations of working in each step.
An easy-to-follow layout providing basic information as well as step-by-step techniques for making bias tape, sewing trims, buttonholes, zippers, hems, and more.
Easy-tonavigate color-coded cross-references available for quick referencing.
Troubleshooting tips that advise how to deal with every sewing situation.
Whether choosing the right tools, reading patterns correctly, or everything in between, Sewing Solutions will prove to be an essential sewing companion.
IF I NEED A SUPER-LONG ZIPPER? A. You can buy zipper by the yard at good fabric stores. It will come with a slider and pull. CHAPTER 3 MARKING, MEASURING, AND CUTTING TOOLS In addition to your basic sewing machine, needles, and thread, there are other tools that you will use every time you sew. You need to cut fabric, threads, and trims. You need to measure flat items, such as fabrics, and also people. And finally, accurate marks make sewing easier and faster. In this chapter, we’ll go
rounded end that opens wider for ball-type buttons. Knit buttonholes have a more defined zigzag stitch to allow for more stretch. SEE ALSO p.170: Buttonholes Standard buttonhole, knit buttonhole, keyhole buttonhole TIP Note that mechanical machines can do only regular buttonholes. Tricot/elastic stitch This stitch is also called the multi-stitch zigzag and is a zigzag stitch where each zig and zag is made of three straight stitches. It is used to attach elastic and stitch on
Every knit fabric is different. Knit fabrics come in many different widths, including 45" (114 cm), 48" (122 cm), 52" (132 cm), 55" (140 cm), and even 70" (178 cm) wide. This can make fabric layouts tricky. Follow your pattern but also try your own layout and see if you can fit the pieces in better, especially if you are using a wide fabric. Needle types for knits When you sew woven fabrics, the needle cuts a hole when it penetrates the fabric. But if you cut a hole through a knit fabric,
clothing because it’s fast and easy. YOU WILL NEED: Serger Iron and ironing board Sewing gauge Pins TIP If you don’t have a serger, you can use an overcast foot and a zigzag or overcast stitch. Finish the raw edge of your hem by serging. Press the hem to the wrong side the full amount of your hem allowance. Use the seam gauge to make sure it’s accurate. Now, switch back to a sewing machine. Pin the hem and line up the right edge of the serge stitch under the center of
nylon upholstery thread, 100-percent polyester topstitch thread, 100-percent silk, 100-percent rayon embroidery thread, and 100-percent cotton handquilting thread. L to R: Polyester topstitch thread, nylon upholstery thread, rayon embroidery thread, hand-quilting thread, silk thread Most commonly used for Nylon upholstery thread is very strong and thicker than all-purpose thread. It is an excellent choice for heavy-weight upholstery fabric, leather, and handbags. You need to use a heavy