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Posted on: 10/30/07 11:40 AM
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An easy way to get perfect, sharp pleats is to trace your pleating lines onto the dull side of freezer paper. Traced lines Then iron the coated side of the paper onto the wrong side of your fabric. This stabilizes your fabric. Now you can press your pleats accurately on the lines drawn on the freezer paper. Pleating the paper-backed fabric I like to crease them with a bone folder (you can also use a table knife or a ruler), then set the creases with your iron and a wooden clapper (fabric is still attached to the freezer paper). Here's what it looks like: View of right side Once you are ready to sew your pleated pieces to your garment, you can peel back the freezer paper far enough to baste the pleats in place, then peel the rest of the paper off. It comes off easily and is ready to be used again. Finished with paper removed and basting at top

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sealed4ever said... (2/27/11 9:11 PM) Reply
Thank you. I'm not very experienced and this was very straight forward.
lilyofthevalley said... (11/2/07 12:15 PM) Reply
Definitely 'thinking out of the box'. Thanks for this fabulous tip. -Lily
Nancywin said... (11/1/07 1:55 AM) Reply
I will definitely keep this in mind ... although I think I've had enough pleating for a while LOL! Wish I would have known this before I did all that pleating on the BWOF jacket. ,-)
PElla said... (11/1/07 0:58 AM) Reply
WONDERFUL tip! Thank you so much!!
solosmocker said... (10/31/07 7:50 PM) Reply
Brilliant! thank you ever so!
Lizz said... (10/31/07 4:13 PM) Reply
Super! Uneven pleats haunt me and this sounds like it is "fool" proof!
MissTaraTara said... (10/31/07 10:06 AM) Reply
Great tip, I guess I'll just have to buy some freezer paper for my sewing place!
jeanharville said... (10/31/07 9:02 AM) Reply
Thanks for another great way to use freezer paper. I think we need to gether all of these into one place. Does anyone know how to do that? I will do it, if anyone tells me how. jean
Dmd4106 said... (10/30/07 11:45 PM) Reply
what a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to post.
Susan M said... (10/30/07 10:55 PM) Reply
Clever, clever, clever. Thanks for the tip.
Sew_Creative said... (10/30/07 9:30 PM) Reply
I had never thought to use freezer paper thank you.
Linda G said... (10/30/07 5:38 PM) Reply
Great idea...why didn't I think of that?
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