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Posted on: 11/12/02 2:02 AM
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I got this idea from Peggy Sagers this weekend. She recommends that when it is time to begin sewing, we sit down and sew every seam we can before ever going to the iron. Sew princess seams (all four) the side seams and even the shoulder seams before getting up. Put together the collars and cuff, attach facings and pockets. For a jacket, sew the sleeve underarm. Put in the welt pockets, etc. Anything that isn't affected by another seam should be sewn before you need to go iron. With this technique I had my jacket muslin ready to try on in 15 minutes.

Now, how am I going to get my exercise? Oh well, at least I'll have more projects completed!

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arianamaniacs said... (4/29/11 2:55 AM) Reply
I try do this as well. @Mary - you should still iron, you're not leaving this step out, but you're just doing all the seams at one time instead.
Katharine in BXL said... (8/19/07 10:44 AM) Reply
15 minutes!!!!!!!!! My heavens!!!!!!!! Thanks for the tip :)
Diane Yaghoobian said... (12/29/02 5:00 PM) Reply
Along these same lines, to speed up sewing and minimize ironing: After cutting out my pattern pieces and interfacing, I fuse on everything that is being fused: the strip to back my buttonholes, the collar, any pockets that need a stiffening band: any interfacing that will be going in, gets fused right away. Then I can sew quite a lot before I have to go back to the iron again, which may be another day (since I get bits and pieces of time).
Mary Muir said... (11/22/02 2:07 AM) Reply
That sounds like a good tip although a tailor once told me you should iron more that you sew!
Sharon Smith said... (11/19/02 5:26 PM) Reply
I like this technique too, Sherril. Not only does it save time, but it saves electricity - turning the iron off and on for each pressing. Since I'm on a special electric rate that costs more during peak hours, this really saves.
Deepika said... (11/12/02 7:32 PM) Reply
what a helpful little tip Sherril. Thanks for sharing. I am all for SAVING TIME!
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