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Posted on:5/13/03 10:55 AM
Last Updated:5/16/03 10:19 AM
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Everyday Sewist said... (5/16/03 10:40 AM) Reply
Oops, I just noticed you said "bumps" not stretching. If the bumps are puckers, then try hand basting, Steam-a-Seam, or Washaway Wonder Tape to better control the fabric.
Everyday Sewist said... (5/16/03 10:35 AM) Reply
Peachstt, the problem you described with your collar stretching might have more to do with the fabric rather than your technique. Sometimes those bargain knits do not have very good recovery. I had a similar problem on a t-shirt and Gigi recommended using "stay-stitch plus" (the easing technique where you put your finger behind the presser foot) to prevent stretching. I haven't tried this. With knits especially, I've found that the better quality fabrics are easier to sew, because they don't stretch out of shape so much.
Peachstt said... (5/14/03 11:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for the suggestions about sewing the bulky seams. I'm gonna try them all for my next project.
Rustybobn said... (5/13/03 4:29 PM) Reply
Someone, somewhere, suggested using a plastic sewing machine needle case to level the presser foot when sewing over humps. I think that's a great tip.
Susan Parker said... (5/13/03 3:42 PM) Reply
To sew over a bulky seam such as a the side seams when you're sewing the hem, you can use something called a jean-ma-jig or you can use a prop which is about the same height as the thickness of the "hump". When you get to that spot where the hump is, you'll find the presser foot "climbing" up the hill. When that happens, stop sewing, lift the presser foot (with the needle still in the fabric, put your prop or jean-ma-jig under the back of the presser foot, then drop the presser foot back down. The presser foot should be close to level now. Remember to drop the presser foot! Now you can either use the foot pedal to move the needle forward like usual or you can hand turn the machine if you're nervous. You may need to adjust your prop to get the fabric to move. So, now you sew until the presser foot starts to go "down" the hill of the hump. Stop with the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot, move the prop to underneath the front of the presser foot, drop the presser foot. Sew a few stitches until the back of the presser foot has started down the hill. Remove the prop and continue sewing. The prop will help to keep your stitches a little more even--not huge and eensy weensy ones. Your Kenmore is a sturdy machine. Be glad it's good quality! Don't forget to take it in occasionally (once a year or two) for a cleaning or have someone show you how to do it yourself. Your machine will last a long time then. Keep on sewing!
AnneM said... (5/13/03 3:34 PM) Reply
Glad it came out well; I like the shell with this pattern. Perhaps you can get over the seam area by going slowly, lengthening the stitch slightly, &/or turning the machine needle by hand. I find turning it by hand helpful sometimes.
Carlo said... (5/13/03 2:08 PM) Reply
PeachST, Nice review -- thanks. I bought this pattern for .99 on sale just for the hat pattern but now I think I might try the shell too. Let us know how the pants turn out when you make them.
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