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Posted on: 5/24/05 11:36 AM
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I discovered something the last time I eased a sleeve. I was doing the usual, easing and lifting the fabric just about to fed under the needle and had the normal results--fairly good, no puckers. All that effort was done with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Normally, I would go back around inside the first stitching to reinforce the seam, BUT this time I . . .

sewed the second set of stitches on the outside of the 1/4 creating a 5/8 inch seam allowance. What great results. It was as if the 1/4 inch effort served as a basting because all the WORK was done then. The 2nd seam was quick and looked even better than the first.

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missyrod said...
can someone please give me a simple way to ease a sleeve. i am just learning.
4/7/06 11:50 AM
Clev said...
Missyrod: sometimes you have to put in some basting stitches and pull up the bobbin strings to make it fit but that will cause gathers to occur. If you have no other options and a few gathers are okay with you then aim them for the very top of the shoulder. If the sleeve almost fits but is fighting with you then I find the best way to ease is to lift the fabric up BOTH after the feed-dogs and before the feed-dogs, meaning the only flat part is where the needle is actually going through the fabric. For whatever reason it makes two pieces of fabric that do not want to fit together to do just that--fit together. Others here may have better ideas or better ways to explain this. And you might try posting the question on the Message Board on the home page.
5/8/06 2:02 AM
 
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