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Posted on: 11/20/06 1:45 PM
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I always struggle to turn under the raw edges of unlined patch pockets and get the pockets in the right place. And I'm lazy, so hand basting is not high on my list.

I use fusible thread to help manage the raw edges and position the pocket.

First I press under the raw edges of the pocket. With the fusible thread in the bobbin, I stitch around the edge of the pocket, right side up, using a long stitch. Neatness doesn't count so this is perfect for me!

Then I position the pocket on the garment and fuse it in place. I've found it takes a lot of steam to do this, depending on the fabric. A damp, clean tea towel helps a lot.

Once the pocket is in place, I pull out the basting stitch on the pocket right side, and stitch the pocket in place.

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Roxie5166 said... (11/22/06 8:27 AM) Reply
What a great idea. I also struggle with patch pockets and this is a great idea. Thanks for the tip.
OP Gal said... (11/21/06 1:27 PM) Reply
Great tip. I struggle with patch pockets, too.
mtgirl said... (11/21/06 1:12 PM) Reply
Thank you both for your suggestions-I will check them out.EDIT:I just went to RR threads and am going to order from them now-what a great site!!! TY you so much.
nancy2001 said... (11/20/06 9:02 PM) Reply
You can order fusible thread from Red Rock threads, and shipping is free.
Mimicj said... (11/20/06 3:42 PM) Reply
YLI has a wash away basting thread and Superior Threads has one called Vanish Extra. HTH, Carol J.
mtgirl said... (11/20/06 2:30 PM) Reply
Where do you buy fusible thread? I don't live near any sewing stores besides Wal-Mart(if you can even count that) so perhaps a web site? Thank you very much.
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