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Putting fabric around a weird shape
waho0
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Date: 4/29/13 7:51 PM

Hey guys,

Long-time reader, first time poster. I've come across a dilemma.

I have this shape that I want to stitch fabric around. But the problem is that I want the top to look like the way it does in the photo but the curved edges are proving to be a problem. A caveat also is that there is metal running along the border of the shape (1/8 inch thick) so I can only stitch through the middle part of the foam. Take a look at the pictures and you'll understand what I mean.

Right now, it's really quick and dirty with super glue, some tape, and a stitch straight through the middle to hold all the fabric together. The front looks good but the back is horrendous! Anyone have any suggestions on how to make this look well-done both front and back?

Thanks! :)






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Date: 4/29/13 8:37 PM

I would make a sleeve with the seam in the back and one short end open, stitching it closed by hand after the "thing" was inside.

Explaining what you are doing with this and how it will be used may help people give ideas. Can it be contained or will it need to be removed?

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Date: 4/29/13 8:41 PM

I would make a long tube with the side you don't want stitched on a fold. Stitch one end and around the other long side almost to the end. Sew just around the corner of the second end. You need to leave enough open on the long side to slide the piece into. Trim the seam really well and clip the corners. Turn it inside out. Insert the long end first, tuck the other end in and hand sew the rest of the long seam together. Make sense?

eta - are both of the long sides metal? and yes, knowing what it is would help. It looks like a dastardly metal-edged collar for a shirt!
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Date: 4/29/13 8:58 PM

how do you make a sleeve with the seam on the back?

The side i don't want stitched is the shorter straight side and the curves...would that even be possible?

I've tried making a sleeve but i only know how to do it where the seam would be on the top and the curved edges which is exactly what I don't want. The foam will not be removable...pretty much want to encase that sucker in there.

Any way of describing or showing me how I could possible make a sleeve where the seam is in the middle of the back side?
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Date: 4/29/13 9:01 PM

haha i'm not 100% sure what you mean

The side i don't want stitched is the shorter straight side and the curves...would that even be possible?

this actually is related to a collar. it's a prototype that me and some guys are working on but we haven't had time to find a seamstress so i'm using my grandma's oldschool brother sewing machine...yeah both sides have metal bars spaced evenly throughout.

i really wish i had one of you two near me to actually show me what's going on (learn best through pictures/videos).

but i really appreciate the advice so far!

once again, like my question to the other poster, how do you make a sleeve where the seam goes down the long end cause the curves are what's really killing me!
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Date: 4/30/13 3:41 PM

[QUOTE]I could possible make a sleeve where the seam is in the middle of the back side?

This is kind of a chicken and egg question. You make the sleeve pattern and cut the fabric so that the edges are graded properly to curve in the appropriate places and the seam meets in the back.

The easiest way to work with a asymmetrical pattern is in a mirror image...........cut the pattern with one of the long sides on a fold and stitch up the short sides and the other long. That puts the seam in a place you don't want it. Unless you change it to the bottom and that is OK? If you can't do that you need to make a pattern that will match your pattern.

The quickest and easiest way would be to make a simple sleeve, seamed at the back with extra seam allowance at each end. After doing the long seam trace the curve on one side, stitch it closed, clip the curve and turn. Then trace the curve on the outer side, trim, turn under and stitch closed.

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Date: 4/30/13 4:14 PM

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The quickest and easiest way would be to make a simple sleeve, seamed at the back with extra seam allowance at each end. After doing the long seam trace the curve on one side, stitch it closed, clip the curve and turn. Then trace the curve on the outer side, trim, turn under and stitch closed.


This is probably the best idea, wahoo.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like you are picturing wrapping the fabric on the object, and then sewing it together, while dodging the metal parts.

What will work better, like described above, so that you don't have a lot of raw edges, is to sew it up kind of like a sock, or a pillowcase, then put it on the object, then sew up the final edge. Does that help?

You would sew it inside out first, leaving one edge unsewn, then flip it right side out, so those seams are hidden. Then pop it over your object, and sew closed that one last opening.
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Date: 4/30/13 6:22 PM

I took what I thought all of you meant and tried it and it came out pretty damn well! Thanks so much guys! Still open to new ideas/techniques to get that seamless finish :)

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