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Posted on: 3/11/07 4:54 PM
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I've always had trouble easing a full sleeve into the armhole. Recently I made a jacket where the instructions said to ease the sleeve cap by using a strip of fleece. You stretch the strip as you zig-zag it close to the sleeve cap edge. I tried this & it worked great!

Now I'm working on a blouse that has a full sleeve that has to be eased. I first tried the typical 2 rows of basting stitches, but ended up with puckers. So I cut a 1/2 wide strip of a stretchy knit & zig-zaged it to the sleeve cap edge. It pulled it up enough that I was able to sew the sleeve in with no puckers!

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aminat said... (3/21/07 4:04 PM) Reply
Thanks BJ1400, I have tried this method before but I used tie interfacing, I had to buy used ties from thift shops, but with stretchy knits, it will be way more convenient. thanks so much for the tip
Nancywin said... (3/21/07 10:24 AM) Reply
I always do this with jackets, but hadn't thought of it for a blouse. I bet clear elastic would work well, too.
frame said... (3/14/07 9:14 PM) Reply
Great tip. Definitely worth trying. Thanks.
DeeFlo said... (3/13/07 6:15 PM) Reply
Thank you for this tip. I will definitely try it. Doing full sleeves is not my favorite part of sewing. I just finished a blouse and no matter how careful I was, there was still the slightest pucker. I ironed most of it out, but I can still see a little of it.
BJ1400 said... (3/12/07 8:41 PM) Reply
Christine: I cut a strip the length of the area on the sleeve cap between the notches. Then I measured the armhole & marked that on the strip so I would know how much to ease the sleeve.
christine A said... (3/12/07 8:25 PM) Reply
How long a strip did you use?I wonder if stretch lace would work too?
christine A said... (3/12/07 8:23 PM) Reply
Wow, I am going to try this. Thanks!
regine said... (3/12/07 12:15 PM) Reply
Sounds like a great idea, will try it soon, thanks.
Patzee said... (3/12/07 1:01 AM) Reply
Great tip!
Cecile Owens said... (3/12/07 0:43 AM) Reply
Great tip. Thanks.
ginaT said... (3/11/07 7:15 PM) Reply

ginaT said... (3/11/07 6:59 PM) Reply
What a great idea.The two rows of basting stitches have to be really even to prevent puckers so this could be a real time saver too.
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