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Posted on: 4/20/08 7:49 PM
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I have as much patience as the next sewist. But I hate expending what patience I have in those occasional struggles between fabric and me: the fabric just won't move where where I want it to go.

For example, it's sometimes difficult to scoot fabric where you want it before seaming. You need to align edges of fabric so you can pin them together (exactly, what else) for seaming, but the fabric doesn't easily move, or shoots out of place. You struggle to get the edges to line up, like a mini wrestling match - you versus fabric.

Or, you need to place the fabric just so under the serger foot when coverstitching but the knit pulls, stretches, just doesn't behave.

My new technique and 'notion' to solve this problem is:
sheet protector

To align fabric edges for pinning, I place the sheet protector between the pieces of fabric and gently move the fabric until the edges are aligned. I place a weight on either side of the sheet protector then gently pull the plastic out and proceed to pinning. scoot fabric


For coverstitching (or other stitching) where I need to struggle to get the fabric under the foot, I place a plastic sheet down under the foot then slide fabric into postion, and then gently slide plastic sheet out. It's in position with no struggle. Here's picture: use in coverstitching

Other uses for plastic are: using that thin plastic you get from the cleaners - slip over your dress form so you can slip your garment on it without it getting held up unnecessarily.

This current tip is, I guess, a follow-up corollary to the tip I wrote after discovering that it helps to lay down drapery lining using plastic: laying down drapery lining using plastic

In short, if you need to scoot fabric - try plastic.

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Miss Fairchild said... (5/15/08 9:14 AM) Reply
Hah! Great tip! I was struggling with some fabric the other day and I could have used your tip. I'll keep a sheet by my machine. Thank you.
Georgene said... (4/26/08 2:03 PM) Reply
Interesting concept. When you need this trick, you really need it! Thanks.
Kirstenw said... (4/26/08 9:22 AM) Reply
More than very helpful...thank you
aunt saidee said... (4/21/08 2:19 AM) Reply
Brilliant! Thanks!
SusiM said... (4/21/08 1:04 AM) Reply
Good idea. Thanks!
 
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