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Paddy K
Paddy K
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Date: 8/4/10 0:11 AM

I'm making belt loops for the Colette Beignet skirt pattern , and having a frustrating time turning the belt loops inside out. The belt loops are only 1/4" wide (the fabric is a lightweight linen), so to bring a thread down the tube and pull one end through to turn it inside out isn't working for me. It just seems to all bunch up. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks a lot,
Paddy K.

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In reply to Paddy K

Date: 8/4/10 0:19 AM

When I sew up the tube for something that narrow, I will encase into the tube something like a narrow cord or very narrow piece of elastic (I sew across one end of the tube with the elastic or cord in the seam). That makes it easier to really pull the cord or elastic, the fabric will still bunch up, but I can use extra force to get the bunch of fabric to start turning inside out when I have something really secure to pull. Someone might have an even better method, but that works for me with belt loops.


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Date: 8/4/10 0:19 AM

I make a long strip 3 times the desired width. Serge or overcast (or zigzag) down one long side. Fold the unfinished side to center (one third of the way in) and press, then the finished side (the other third of the way in) and press again. Topstitch down the length a narrow width away on each edge, or down the center, or get funky with decorative stitches. If the fabric tends to shift a lot when topstitching, you can tack the pieces down with a narrow strip of double-sided washaway tape, or fabric glue stick (also water soluble).

Then cut your long strip into the desired length short strips.

I think this is actually my favorite part of making pants.

HTH.
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