I can’t believe October is almost over. Here are my five sewing tips for the month – quickly, before it turns into November!
If you have ever done quilting, you have probably done chain piecing:
This is a technique where you butt multiple short pieces up to each other while sewing – and it needn’t be reserved just for quilting! Here I am preparing welts for bound buttonholes, but I also use chain piecing for jet/welt pockets, and any other seams that you can run on together, like cuffs, or sleeves – you can even do it when overlocking. It is a great way to save time and thread!
Do you have a sway back? Do you really have a sway back?
A sway back can cause excess fabric pooling at the back waist, but more common causes are:
- short upper back
- prominent high hip
- prominent buttocks
I often see people making a sway back adjustment when they should consider one of the above adjustments first.
In the above photo you can see I have an erect back that is shorter in length than my front, causing excess fabric to bunch in the lower back. I also have a prominent high hip (seen more from a back view) that causes fabric to ride up and bunch at the lower waist. These issues are best solved before considering a sway back adjustment.
When you are cutting lace and need the pattern on each side to be perfectly symmetrical, try this. First cut one side, then position it over the lace with right sides together so that the pattern matches perfectly, then cut around it like so:
You can even use this trick for cutting stripes and checks or plaids, but remember to always cut a pair!
This is my breaking point…
… on the inside of my coat! The break point is where the lapel starts to fold on the front edge of a jacket/coat. My secret here is to clip into the seam allowance at this point to help it switch sides. If you then understitch above the clip on the front piece, and understitch below the clip on the facing, your lapel will practically turn by itself.
The smoothest scallops aren’t formed by snipping tons of notches around those curves. Let me show you an easier way that gives better results here: Sculpting the perfect scallop
That’s it – my 5 Sewing tips for October just in time – I hope they help make your sewing happy!