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Date: 5/15/12 10:37 PM

Ok... so I'm making 2 of the same blouse in different fabrics for my mom.

AND, I want to make 2 bags that will be nearly identical after this.

I'm wondering what is the best way to make multiples? Do you do the same step on each piece OR sew one together all the way and then the other? What about when cutting? Can you/do you ever stack the fabric to cut through 4 thicknesses at once?

I just want to find the most efficient way to do this... any help is appreciated!

OH - and how would it work if you have to use 2 different thread colors - one on each top or bag??
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Date: 5/15/12 11:26 PM

I would cut separately, then place in a baggie. I would also sew one item at a time to eliminate any confusion.

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Date: 5/15/12 11:41 PM

I've cut two at the same time before, being certain that the fabrics are laid correctly and that the bottom one won't shift.

Whether I sew one at a time or alternate depends on the mood I'm in. If alternating, the threads would have to be changed for the correct color. One could set up two machines which is something I've not yet done.

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Date: 5/16/12 0:48 AM

I sew multiples all the time -- my rule of thumb is that if they use the same thread they get done assembly line style; if they need different thread they get done individually.

My multiples are usually done assembly line style -- I use a project box for each one and then just do each step out of each box. The pieces/parts not being used stay in the individual project box to avoid confusion and mix ups. This system works well for me but I think each person has to figure out what works best for them.

When cutting multiple layers you need to be mindful of "fabric shift" which can affect the cut size of your pattern pieces.

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Date: 5/16/12 10:55 AM

I remember one summer when I was making shorts for my kids. I had 2 machines set up with different color threads, I sewed all of them at once, all the inseams, all the side seams at once, etc. That's when I discovered having 2 machines was a good thing.

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Date: 5/16/12 12:52 PM

I also have 2 sewing machines and 2 sergers -- since black is pretty staple for my business sewing, one of each is threaded in black. The other machines are in whatever the "contrast" colour is.

The method above is the one I use -- I do all like tasks on each item and then move onto the next task.

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Date: 5/16/12 2:32 PM

I always learn something with each "multiple' I make...so even though less efficient I make them separately so I can make changes if I need to. I also take notes and put them with the pattern on the changes made, techniques used and fabric used so I know for the next one what I did that worked...or did not work. Sometimes something looks great but when wearing it I find I should do something different to make it better. Usually when I have a multiple I will wear the first one for a bit to make sure it is OK. It sure would be easier to just crank them out factory style...but my sewing always has a "whoops" here and there...so better to correct one than two!

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Date: 5/16/12 7:19 PM

Thanks for all the tips! Since I made a muslin of this garment, I'm pretty sure there won't be any fit issues. And it's a pretty basic button down top, so I don't forsee many problems.

I think I will do this "factory style". Although each will need it's own thread color, I do have 2 machines, so I will be setting them up and doing it that way, just to get the feeling of it. I think it will work best for this project.

Again, thanks for the tips!!

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Date: 5/16/12 8:41 PM

I would definitely agree about the factory style! I like to make at least 2 or 3 (4) pairs of pants at once, and basic shirts are the same. The time I spend only having to rip out and re-sew the zipper on the first fly is priceless!
Make jeans like this with as many good pieces of denim as you can find. Can you ever really have too many pairs of jeans?

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Date: 5/16/12 8:48 PM

This is what sold me on multiple machines too. I made gifts for a set of twins (2 different colors ofcourse) and it was too tedius to change thread each time. The two machine set up worked great and I really appreciated how much time it saved. I'm very slow. It worked best for me to sew the same seams on each project.


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