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Posted on: 6/2/04 4:21 PM
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Have you ever either run out of bobin while top-stitching a knit hem or been dissatisfied with some top-stitching while stitching around a neck facing? This is an easy way of repairing your stitching without having to remove all of your work. Clip your two top threads with your seam ripper, and pick several out to the right and to the left of the mistake. Do not shorten the threads. On the back side, gently tug on the bobin thread until the top threads begin to show through to the back and pull them through with the seam ripper. Do this on both ends of the unstitched area. You should have at least 1 1/2" of thread tails at each end. Then line up your double needles with the end of your stitching on the top side and fill in the couple of inches of stitching you removed, being careful to end also precicely at the previous stitching. Then tug on your new bobin thread and pull your new threads to the back. Tie the group of threads together at each end. You will not be able to see your repaired stitches from the right side.
This also works very well for hemming jeans or where ever you don't want to bring attention to an interupted line of stitching.

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Virginia said... (10/20/04 12:31 PM) Reply
Great idea for top stitching! I'm trying my first pattern with Vogue's V7822. Pretty unlined jacket, but I felt intimidated by the topstiching. I may try it with the zipper also if I make mistakes.
PVA said... (6/5/04 10:07 AM) Reply
Oh, Debe, you won't believe how timely this review is! Coupled with Londa's added tip, my life has just been made so much easier! I'm working on a woven top, KS 2848 and it has Mega topstitching and I was sooooo tempted to not do it all! Like not tempting fate! 8^O) As soon as I get it done I'll review it, because it is one of those patterns that can be made up for all seasons! Many thanks for a great tip!
Sew it seams said... (6/3/04 9:58 AM) Reply
Great idea Londa. I have been tying my knots in tripples and then leaving a little tail which I really don't like to see on the back. I'll try your method next time. I hve been wanting to post this hint for a long time, but I wasn't sure I could describe it well enough to be clear. I'm glad you both could understand my explanation!
Londa Rohlfing said... (6/3/04 9:23 AM) Reply
What a good description of how to pull the threads to the backside. What I do - sometimes instead of, and sometimes in addition to... tying a knot ,is to have pulled enough out and left enough of the tails of the new thread to then thread up a needle with these threads (sometimes you can do all together, and sometimes it will take 2 threadings), and then what I call 'bury' the needle - and the threads inbetween layers of the fabric, exiting the needle a ways away, then clipping the threads. I feel this guarantees it not coming loose, as my experience is that if you cut threads close to a knot, the knot will eventually come un-done.
MarissaB said... (6/3/04 8:10 AM) Reply
Debe, thanks. How timely this is. I topstitched a neckline last night that I was thinking of ripping out today, but I will try your technique first. That'll surely save time, not to mention lessen the risk of stretching the fabric.
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