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Posted on: 6/27/05 12:50 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 6 people   
On the message board, in a thread on how to make things look less homemade in the bad way, the issue of puckered seams kept coming up. This problem, as Georgene pointed out, is especially problematic in those lightweight, silky polyesters. And those fabrics can be so seductive. The colors are brilliant, and they drape nicely (altho they don't breathe, and they can retain odor).

So what's a girl to do, once she's been seduced?

This is just one of those things that is best discussed with those who are older and wiser. Seduction is nothing to kid around about. You can get stuck in quite the puckered situation.

Sandra Betzina told me, since she's my buddy, that the way to handle this is to cut the pattern pieces slightly off-grain. I know it's something that we've all been taught is morally wrong in the sewing world. However, in this situation, the bit of bias will give your fabric a tad of stretch, and you won't have the same problem with puckered seams.

Or you could use the differential feed on your serger. In truth, this is what I do, because, of course, I would NEVER cut anything even slightly off-grain. Perish the thought. :)

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JDpenelope said... (6/30/05 7:59 AM) Reply
Cute review. Although the advice is heretical, I might yield to seduction and try it!
candyo said... (6/28/05 8:07 PM) Reply
You are too funny!
purpleseamstress said... (6/28/05 8:23 AM) Reply
Great review. So funny and informative. And yes, the seduction of those fabrics is hard to resist!
Astrostitcher said... (6/28/05 5:10 AM) Reply
Neefer, this is a great tip as not everybody has a serger. This and the stretchy factor are why I rarely sew these fabrics although I've got a few pieces of RTW for evening (speaking frankly, when you sweat less- at least not until everybody else is sweaty too) that I just love the drape of. These fabrics are so IN this years too. Thanks a million.
sosoatsewing said... (6/27/05 11:38 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip..looking forward to putting it in practice...
Mandolin82 said... (6/27/05 9:32 PM) Reply
Wow - off grain?!?! I'm having trouble getting my well trained sewing mind around that concept.
esmer said... (6/27/05 2:03 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for this info it was important for me.
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