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Tips & Techniques > Never pivot on a V neckline

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Posted by: Alice

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Posted on: 10/3/10 8:39 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 8 people   Very Helpful by 33 people   
Years ago I was making a silk blouse with a V neckline. The pattern instruction were to sew down one side, pivot, and continue up the other side. Well, it puckered, so I did it again and again with same results. I did it so many times I was getting close to running out of the facing. Frustrated I id my very best and hoped that it wouldn't be noticed! Now I know better, you must always take two stitches at the V for the "turn of the fabric." Which only goes to show you that you can't always rely on what the pattern company writes. Butterick continues to do this, it's the only one I've recently checked. New sewers rely on their patterns, they can't.

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EleanorSews said... (10/18/10 11:40 PM) Reply
This is such a useful tip and the results are fairly consistent. Makes you wonder why the pattern companies do not instruct you to use this method....
Ruth Designs said... (10/11/10 1:59 PM) Reply
I have had this problem so many times. Thanks for the advice.
Josephine said... (10/7/10 2:33 AM) Reply
Thank you! I'm going to try this :)
Laurie Lou said... (10/6/10 4:19 PM) Reply
Thanks for this great reminder. I avoid v-neck styles for this very reason then I read this and remember I CAN do V necks. Good tip!
SewRaeMe said... (10/4/10 6:07 PM) Reply
Good tip. I never had much success with the V either. (hopefully this is in the new book:))
justgail said... (10/4/10 1:53 PM) Reply
so would I be correct in thinking that if using a heavy fabric like polar fleece weight, that I'd want to do 3-4 stitches even? Or is staying 2 enough? Thanks!
Rhoda K said... (10/4/10 9:52 AM) Reply
Thanks for the reminder - I'd forgotten about this.
knitmachinequeen said... (10/4/10 9:11 AM) Reply
Excellent tip.
Heather Seccombe said... (10/4/10 0:48 AM) Reply
About an inch before the turn, I would select a very small stitch, stitch to the turn, 2 stitches across the V peak, stitch about an inch, and return to normal stitch length.
RockNRoll said... (10/4/10 0:30 AM) Reply
so you take 2 stitches at the V then turn?
marec said... (10/4/10 0:03 AM) Reply
Good tip Alice...thanks!
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