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Posted by: Alice

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Posted on: 2/22/12 2:45 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 6 people   Very Helpful by 18 people   

Years ago I was making a SILK blouse with a V neckline, the closing was at the back. The pattern instructions for the front were to sew down one side, pivot, leaving the needle in the down position and continue up the other side. Well, it puckered, so I did it again and again and again with same results. I did it so many times I was getting close to running out of the facing. Frustrated I did my very best hoping that the tiny tuck it made wouldn't be noticed! Now I know better... you must always take at least two small stitches at the V for the "TURN OF THE FABRIC." If your fabric is heavy, such as polar fleece, then you will need even more smaller stitches to get around the V and it will still look like a V. This method will give you that sharp V you're wanting because the fabric now has room to turn under smoothly without being crammed into a space too small to accommodate it.
This goes to show that you can't always rely on what the pattern company writes We mistakenly think they're going to show us how to sew an item, however their main goal, and the way they make their money, is to sell us their paper patterns. Unfortuntely, new sewers rely on commercial patterns... they can't! The instruction sheets leave a lot to be desired and can sometimes be either misleading, make no sense or be completely wrong. I rest my case.

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RissaLyn said... (8/1/12 9:41 PM) Reply
I read something on Grainline Studio's blog that explains this and has pictures for those of us that need visuals ...
RissaLyn said... (8/1/12 9:30 PM) Reply
I read something on Grainline Studio's blog.
dimondO6 said... (7/18/12 6:58 AM) Reply
I wish I had seen this tip last week. I would have much happier with my garment.
sew2006 said... (2/25/12 10:20 PM) Reply
Thanks for sharing your tip. Same rule applies for collars and waist bands.
Alice said... (2/25/12 9:36 PM) Reply
Sorry but I don't have a photo. At the time I'm not sewing anything with a v neck. Just thing of sewing one leg of a V, then before going up (or down) to the other side you'd take a couple of stitches depending on the thickness of your fabric. Hope that helps.
Teeavilnor said... (2/24/12 9:30 PM) Reply
Do you have a photo?
Loreli said... (2/24/12 5:20 PM) Reply
Thanks for this usefull tip.
SandyinMO said... (2/23/12 8:43 AM) Reply
Thanks for the timely reminder. I'm going to be sewing a v-neck today.
Ginger S. said... (2/23/12 8:23 AM) Reply
Thank you for sharing this information, a lot of people will benefit from it.
bluefly said... (2/23/12 7:24 AM) Reply
What a simple fix. I was never taught this. Thank you!
Talleymom said... (2/22/12 11:19 PM) Reply
Taking those couple of stitches is something any of us were never taught. I know my Home Economics teacher never said anything about it. I lwarned it by trial and error. It was nice to know it is something many sewers learned by word of mouth.
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