Last month I mentioned how handy it was to chalk the wrong side of your fabric when cutting, to easily identify the right and wrong sides. Well this month I rediscovered this photo, where I have gone a step further and nicked the corners to help identify the ‘top’ of a pile fabric:
In this case it was for the bound buttonholes of my teal mohair jacket, where I wanted the pile to be consistent down the front. This trick takes only seconds at the cutting stage and prevents any uncertainty later on. No excuses not to really!
So you have set in a sleeve and it looks amazing so far – but how do you actually press it?
I press mine from the inside of the armhole, using only the tip of the iron. Move around the armhole bit by bit, maneuvering the fabric round, pressing just enough to meld the stitching and the eased fabric at the sleeve head. Now turn to the right side and admire the difference!
When you need to measure a curve on your pattern, flip the tape measure onto its side and place it on the line.
Even if I did own a flexicurve, I’d still use a tape measure because it is always at my fingertips. You can have too many tools!
When sewing an invisible zip through horizontal seams, like a yoke seam, it is important that they line up when the zip is finished. To ensure this happens, sew one side of the zip, then zip it up and mark the position of the horizontal seam. Now mark the same position on the opposite side of the zip.
When you sew the opposite side, ensure the mark matches the horizontal seam and everything will be sorted!
When I first started blogging back in 2009, tailored sleeve vents were something that I saw home sewers struggling with. This inspired one of the first tutorials on my blog, and it is one of the most visited today. I’ve updated it slightly to make it clearer, so here it is – tailored sleeve vents – completely machine sewn, in eight simple sewing steps:
I hope you enjoyed this month’s tips, and that you all have a great holiday sewing season! I have a lot of sewing planned, but I also plan on catching some sunshine so may not achieve it all – I’ll play things by air as usual. What are your holiday sewing goals?