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LauraJF
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Date: 4/18/13 12:32 PM

What do you think of the new Kwik Patterns? So far I have been disappointed by the tissue paper when I was used to the thicker paper, the single color print on the pattern, it was much easier it was to cut out a pattern when it was multicolored, the envelope is smaller and opens on the top instead of the side. It's easy to put the pattern back with the side opening so I opened the side of the pattern and taped the top shut to make it more like the traditional kwik sew pattern envelopes.

Right now I'm working on the dress K4000. I had to ease a few pieces together, usually kwik sew patterns have the pieces fit together much easier than this, the directions say to sew from the armpit down then insert the sleeve, they usually say to put the sleeve in then sew the side shut which is what I did with this dress and it came out fine.

I'm wondering if this really is a Kwik Sew pattern or a McCall's pattern in Kwik Sew's name. I might have to buy up all the older Kwik Sew patterns I can find because I'm not impressed with these new patterns so far.

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Date: 4/18/13 5:59 PM

Kirsten Martinson, the original designer of KwikSew patterns, did actually die and pass on, quite a while ago. So if you mean is she still the one designing the current KwikSew patterns, then no that would be just impossible.

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Date: 4/19/13 2:13 PM

This pattern is sized for wovens so instructions that specify to sew the sleeve in the armscye opening are correct. Usually, only knits are sewn in the flat, before the side seam are sewn. By sewing a woven sleeve in the round, you get better shaping at the top of the sleeve as you ease the sleeve into the smaller armscye opening. A well formed sleeve head is more critical when working with thicker fabrics such as tweeds and boucles used to make jackets.

I remember when I was a young sewist and use to avoid any pattern that had set-in sleeves. I search high and low for gathering on the top of the sleeve JUST so I wouldn't have to deal with easing. Now, I've learned a lot more taking classes so I understand it really isn't that hard to do.

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Date: 4/21/13 8:56 AM

I am a production seamstress for a designer. All of the sleeves are sewn in flat, without pins, and without any gathering threads whatsoever.

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Date: 4/21/13 1:00 PM

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I am a production seamstress for a designer. All of the sleeves are sewn in flat, without pins, and without any gathering threads whatsoever.

I've always heard that from everyone that has sewn for the industry. But I haven't found anyone to demonstrate it.
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Date: 7/12/13 3:43 PM

I just purchased KS4000, and was hoping to find some reviews of it....especially because I noticed the new tissue-paper format and was also taken aback. So, LauraJF: how did your dress turn out? Thanks for any more info you can provide (or a photo, if you've got it!).

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Date: 7/12/13 4:33 PM

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"...All of the sleeves are sewn in flat, without pins, and without any gathering threads whatsoever"


Quote:
I've always heard that from everyone that has sewn for the industry. But I haven't found anyone to demonstrate it.


At 2:35 in this video, the seamstress demonstrates how to do this. She's a little disorganized, and her accent might add some difficulty, but basically, she chooses to put the sleeve head, which is slightly fuller, on the underside, next to the feed dogs.

Then watch how she uses her hands, rather than pins, to manipulate the fabric and insure that the seam beginning and ends match up (she does note that beginners might need the aid of a couple of snips in the fabric to help them match critical areas like the shoulders).

The really interesting thing is that she does not sew the seam in one pass as we home sewists do. Rather, she sews the seam in VERY short, straight bursts, quickly arranging and contouring the fabric with her fingers as she goes.


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Date: 7/13/13 5:55 PM

Thank you for finding this! This is something I would have to watch being done as I could not get it just by reading about it.

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Date: 4/10/14 3:27 PM

I agree with you that the new kwik sew patterns are not as nice as they once were and I'm not impressed either. Thanks for the idea of taping shut the top of the envelope and opening the side of the envelope for access. The new kwik sew patterns are packaged in smaller envelopes. Have you noticed that? At least the pattern I'm using right now is (Kwik Sew 3973). Not happy about that either. I've been using kwik sew patterns since 1972. Never had to ease anything with Kwik Sew patterns and I've used many, many kwik sew patterns. So, it makes me wonder who is designing the new patterns. Just a comment about the sleeve you mentioned and I realize this was posted a long time ago, but what you ended up doing is perfectly fine. Men's shirts (of which I've made many) are always done on the flat and they are made with woven fabric. The children's shirt/blouse patterns that kwik sew offers are wonderful and the sleeves are always done on the flat. I think the exception might be if the sleeve is gathered, but even then, they can be done on the flat as well. Such an easy application. I don't know if all of the new kwik sew patterns have 5/8" seam allowances, but the one I'm using right now does and I don't like that. I much prefer the 1/4", even with woven fabric.

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