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Date: 7/12/13 10:09 PM

One thing that stinks about being a new sewer is not having a comprehensive set of supplies. I decided I'd like to take a wee break from my top (I've got to do the facings for the muslin for extra practice, but I can't do the "final fabric" version of the top until the interfacing I ordered arrives--and it just shipped today).

So, I went flipping through my patterns, trying to find something that I could easily start a muslin for. Unfortunately, for basically everything I need some small item that I do not yet own. I need a bit of twill tape. Or bias tape (and I can already tell that I'm going to want to make bias tape to match whatever I'm making, so I need a bias tape maker!). Or a zipper in a certain size. Or lightweight stays.

I look forward to the day when I can just pick up a pattern and start playing with it, secure in the knowledge that I have what I need to put the thing together.

So . . . here's to building your supplies up!

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Date: 7/12/13 10:37 PM

As long as it is longer, the zipper size does not have to exact. For a muslin, I would not bother with either twill tape or binding. Those are usually more for finishing although twill tape is also used to stabilize seams. Stay stitching slightly away from the seam line will work for that purpose also. Sew in the direction of the grain. Necklines for example, are sewn from the shoulder seam to CB, not CB to shoulder.

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Date: 7/12/13 10:40 PM

Just an encouragement about the bias binding: You don't have to have a bias binding maker to make it! All you need is time and an iron.

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Date: 7/12/13 10:46 PM

I agree with the bias binding, wonderful thing.

I also like having interfacing, elastic, lots of thread in different colours and my ham made pressing easier and improved the look of my garments. HTH

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Date: 7/13/13 9:48 AM

Oh my dear, Demoiselle, those of us who have all these little bits and pieces have so many that we either have three of the same, or we have some we don't know what they are used for; purchased during an impulse buy. So be thankful you are starting out...

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Date: 7/13/13 10:36 AM

There are always going to be those bits and pieces that send you dashing to the fabric store in the middle of a project. Even if you get everything in hand before you start, there is a good chance you will miss something or underestimate what you have at home or whatever. Because I sew sporadically, I find I am running into the opposite problem. I bought 4 serger cones of turquoise thread for my current project and later found a bag with almost identical thread. I have a lot of turquoise fabric left, but probably not enough to use all that thread.

I bought non-roll waistband elastic the other day and then found a bunch in a drawer that I had already looked in. My elastic drawer! And very nearly ran out of 1/4" clear elastic for a different part of the project.

Anyway, it is good to look at the things called for in a pattern and try to think of ways you can work around them. If twill tape is called for to reinforce or stabilize a seam, would a bit of selvedge work instead? I had never heard of such a thing until I cam to PR and found people saving silk selvedges for just such a thing. Or is the twill tape being used as a drawstring for something? Maybe you can make one (several ways of going about that) or maybe you have a shoelace that will do the trick. Or maybe you don't need one. I almost never put drawstrings in pj's, for example.

So yes, while it is great to have all that stuff around, there are down-sides to it as well. And as usual, what we see as a "need" sometimes, is just a 'want."

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Date: 7/13/13 10:40 AM

I bought a boatload of notions I rarely use.

When you see something you want to make that seems to call for something, ask here first. You'll probably get a great suggestions and if it doesn't work, you can always pick it up at the store next time you're out.

(I'm glad you decided to take a break from that first top.)

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Date: 7/13/13 10:47 AM

It is nice to have basic supplies in hand. However, often you can substitute things and do steps by hand, just going more slowly. For twill tape you can use narrow ribbon, a strip of selvage, a piece of organza. I recommend things with multiple uses, so thumbs up on organza. It can be a stay tape, twill tape, underlining, interfacing and press cloth. Of course cloth in its own right.

I've learned to only buy notions for each project. I inherited my grandmother's zipper stash to last through my next incarnation. And I also have her big roll of twill tape, standing hemmer, velvet pressing board, wooden darning egg plus a lot of other nifty stuff. She was an ace pro sewer and a home sewer too. I treasure that inheritance. Notions are infinite! Seems like you like gadgets, so have at it!

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Date: 7/13/13 11:00 AM

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just pick up a pattern and start playing with it, secure in the knowledge that I have what I need to put the thing together

Well, sometimes... but more often you realize what you have isn't the right color, size, pattern, or whatever -- or that you used most of it up on a project last year and never replaced it....

Long story short, there's usually more shopping involved no matter what.

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Date: 7/13/13 11:35 AM

I love this question, probably because it's something I think about so often.

I agree totally, it's a pest for me because I'm not really focussed, but then that also means I can get past it and do something else I do have those bits and bobs for (dog beds usually lol) .... But sometimes my list of things is so long I don't think I could afford to live closer to a sewing supplies shop, oh dear.

However I am making up a 'real' list. I think I could do with a French curve. So far every pants pattern needs the seams taken in (I must have narrow hips) and it seems a French curve will help me there... more (lots) fray check, and I want to get some of that .... hmmm, I can't remember! (goes to show)

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