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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > Pin fitting INSIDE OUT...? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Pin fitting INSIDE OUT...?
Isn't this going to wind up bass-gackwards?!
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Date: 8/26/12 6:23 PM

In THIS Youtube video, the narrator is pinning fabric on a chair, INSIDE OUT -- with the right side of the fabric (including the piping) inside, against the chair, and the wrongside and seams on the outside (whew...)

When the fabric is turned rightside out, isn't everything going to be in the opposite place? The arm you fitted to the left arm of the chair, is now going to be on the RIGHT arm of the chair, right?

I mean, is it that this DOESN'T matter in upholstery because we assume that furniture is exactly the same on both sides?

Seems dicey to me.

Whutup?



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Date: 8/26/12 10:12 PM

That's it exactly - most furniture is much more symmetrical than we are.

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Date: 8/27/12 1:33 AM

I took a slip cover class and was taught to pin fit wrong sides together,and then we sewed without repinning. The instructor said furniture was not all that symmetrical

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Date: 8/27/12 12:03 PM

Noooooooo, I wouldn't do it inside out. I made a very fitted slipcover for a chair I thought was symmetrical. When it didn't fit right, I found that one arm was at least an inch higher than the other.

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Date: 8/27/12 12:26 PM

I see seam allowances. Is that wrong side out? The pieces appear to have different textures. One section has a pattern and the other does not. Confusing to watch as well as listen to!


-- Edited on 8/27/12 12:28 PM --

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Date: 8/27/12 12:36 PM

PattiAnn: Yeah, she has the WRONG SIDE out! Made me think: wow, shouldn't you pin it the way it's going to be when you're done? Otherwise, everything's going to be backwards when you turn the cover!

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Date: 8/27/12 2:06 PM

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I took a slip cover class and was taught to pin fit wrong sides together,and then we sewed without repinning. The instructor said furniture was not all that symmetrical

I've been turning this over in my mind for several days now. I'm sure I'm missing something.

If you pin fit on the furniture with the wrong sides of the fabric together, I assume that the fabric is laying on the furniture the way it will be when the slip cover is finished - right side out. How do you sew it without re-pinning? The seam would be on the outside of the slip cover, yes?

The method I'm most familiar with is pin fitting on the chair, right side of fabric out, wrong side of fabric in toward the chair, then pulling the fabric apart on the pinned seam line, and chalking the seam line along the pinned seam on the wrong side of the fabric. You do have to take the fabric off the chair and re-pin before you sew, but the seam lines are marked.

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Date: 8/27/12 2:38 PM

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If you pin fit on the furniture with the wrong sides of the fabric together, I assume that the fabric is laying on the furniture the way it will be when the slip cover is finished - right side out. How do you sew it without re-pinning? The seam would be on the outside of the slip cover, yes?




I haven't done this in a while, I have a VHS, (that's how you know it's been a while) I'll preview and get back with the details. I remember, we used rectangles of fabric for the basic shapes with cording to define the edges. The cording was also a guide to where you sewed, since the SA weren't exact.
The instructor was Karen Erickson at slipcover america website

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Date: 8/27/12 5:27 PM

Diane,

Thank you for offering to research this further! No big rush; I don't have an urgent slip cover project awaiting my attention. I'm just curious.

Somewhere in my sewing library, I have a vintage booklet explaining how to do slipcovers without a pattern (the pin fit-chalk-then sew on the marked seam lines method, if I recall correctly) dating from the early 50's. It was full of other handy advice, for example, to send the husband and kids out of the house for the day so you could concentrate on your project without interruptions. Also, that you should wear slacks, not a dress, so you'll have freedom of movement. Made me think of June Cleaver, in her heels and pearls everyday.

None-the-less, the basic instructions weren't much different than several recent slipcover books in my library.

Thanks for the link to Slipcover America.

CMC

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Date: 8/28/12 9:59 AM

Sending the husband and kids out so you have the day to concentrate DOES work very well! I don't think I've ever tried sewing in a dress. I love all those posts with 1950s handy advice. I hate to admit, some of it actually makes sense......that doesn't mean I follow it.

Good luck slipcovering.

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