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Posted on: 5/19/10 8:14 PM
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While in design school oh-so-many-years-ago, the first class I took was a sewing class. We were required to make samples of all the sewing techniques we were taught.

At one time I had them all on a metal ring but now they live in a huge binder where I still continue to make and store new ones.

This is wonderful for those moments where I need to see how a godet is set in or how wide to make a hong-kong finish.

I now teach and have the originals in the binder but I found that having all the samples on the metal ring was more useful and easier.

Some of the samples ...

All types of zippers
Various pockets
seam finishes
various plackets
various collars
Button holes
welt pocket
hand stitches

Since then, I have added couture techniques that I didn't learn in school.

It's not only worth the time but the process is my idea of great fun!

(If you decide to use a metal ring, you can practice your buttonhole making skills and put one on the sample so you can slip it onto the ring)

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Miss Dood said... (11/6/11 8:31 PM) Reply
I've been trying to find ideas on how to put together samples. I remember when I took a class we used square pieces and store them in a binder. I like the idea of using a ring instead. I haven't sewn in a long time, so I wanted to practice all the techniques on pieces of fabric before I start on a garment.
Alice said... (8/8/10 9:57 PM) Reply
Sure beats stirring up a drawer hoping that what you need will float to the top. I always think about getting organized but then I get caught up with something along the way. I will be doing that, things somehow always fall off the cork board.
ryansmumAria said... (5/20/10 9:42 AM) Reply
Debi, This is a good question, I think I will add the answer up top as well. You can practice your buttonhole making or if you have grommets. I would use a bit of fusible interfacing before making a hole in it.
DebiDeke said... (5/20/10 9:08 AM) Reply
great idea.. I am working on samples for my serger since I am new to serging. Do you just hole punch the fabric and put it on the ring?
Fran G said... (5/20/10 7:33 AM) Reply
This is a much better idea than stacking them in a drawer or tacking to my bulletin board or placing them in a file folder where they cannot easily be seen and I forget I have them! Thanks!
garryf1960 said... (5/19/10 9:49 PM) Reply
That is good and I also had taken step by step digital pics with my camera. I made some sample step by step but I had to cut down on space with digital pics. I make bomber hats leather and canvas. Also bible covers, prayer cloths for the military, keep up the good work!
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