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Posted on: 4/18/04 6:11 PM
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I have always had trouble getting my topstitching for pants flys to look right. I tried using freezer paper as a template and found it works great! Just place the pattern piece under a piece of freezer paper (with shiny side of freezer paper to the bottom) and trace the topstitch line. Cut the template out and iron onto the zipper area with a warm dry iron, then just stitch around the template. The template is repositionable if you don't get it lined up right the first time and it is reusable a number of times. Label it and keep with the pattern for the next time you need it. This idea could be used for other topstitching areas if desired.

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AprilDawn said...
Great idea, thanks. I use the template idea from Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing. I just used quilting template plastic and cut it out then traced it in chalk. Worked really well but I am going to try this next time.
8/28/04 1:31 PM
speedythemouse said...
I used this tonight on a skirt with a fly zip. Only thing I did different was that I drew the stitching line on the freezer paper then stitched through it. Fortunately it tore away easily. Thanks for the great tip.
6/6/04 1:02 AM
G.G. said...
Great idea. will use this one for sure.
4/23/04 1:29 AM
Karla Kizer said...
Ooooh - I LIKE it! I've tried those purchased plastic templates, homemade templates cut from file folders, chalk lines, and just winging it. Your idea sounds much, much better. Thank you!
4/19/04 8:24 PM
Jan B. said...
Great idea! Thanks--I'll have to try this.
4/19/04 3:26 PM
 
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