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Date: 7/8/13 4:36 PM

V-neck or keyhole necks with a facing.

They usually tell you to sew the facing to the V-neck, pivoting at the point of the V. Then, clip to the V and turn and press.

But that point never lies flat for me: it always puckers and won't be tamed with an iron.

Is there a trick? Is pivoting at the point of the V a big fat lie and should I, in fact, put two stitches at the point of the V.

Or sumthin?



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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 4:51 PM

I think that the popular wisdom is to sew to the point (or off set just a teeny bit), pivot, sew one stitch horizontally, pivot, and go back up the v.

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 4:57 PM

Yes, a stitch or two will do the trick. Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing taught me that . . . a friend's V-Neck pattern let her down and never said this.

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 5:03 PM

Driver's Ed for sewing (Threads Magazine article "reprint") opens a PDF

This PDF covers a number of basic sewing techniques, including this technique AND it has a couple of clear photos of what to do & what not to do. (PDF page 4, article page 35).

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 5:14 PM

Oh, you guys is the BEST!

I knew that pivot was a BIG FAT FIB!

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 5:19 PM

What everyone else said, about an extra horizontal stitch there and also just very careful clipping and grading of the seam allowances there too, going down to that point. If at all iffy and you want to get close, I think something like fray check is also often a good (extra insurance) thing there, it lets you be a little more aggressive in your grading, without worrying the fabric might pull away later.

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 5:56 PM

To sew a V-neck, I reinforce the vee with Design Plus Straight Fusible Stay Tape which I apply to the point of the vee and extending up for an inch in each direction. Then I attach the collar band starting at the back of the neck and stop within an inch and a half of the point of the vee. For the last inch and a half, I use Wonder Tape and then stitch.

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Subject: How to get a perfect "V"? Date: 7/8/13 6:22 PM

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Then I attach the collar band starting at the back of the neck and stop within an inch and a half of the point of the vee


Yesss! I also find that I get more symmetrical results if I don't try to sew the neck seam all in one pass. Both sides sides of that bias slant in front get the same amount and kind of pressure with this approach.
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Subject: How to get a perfect V? Date: 7/8/13 7:44 PM

No one was lying, just repeating what they have been instructed for generations.

For every "proper" method, there is very likely a new and improved technique.

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