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Posted on:12/21/03 11:54 AM
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Annette H said... (8/1/04 2:59 PM) Reply
Stylish - looks terrific.
Irene said... (12/22/03 7:57 PM) Reply
drsue, I meant to say that the serger knife should cut on (or very, very close) to the seam line. If your tension is right (and your stitch width not too wide), the pieces should lie side-by-side ("flat"), with no seam bump. When I pull with all my might, I can create a teeny (less than 1/16" gap. It looks like I used wooly nylon in both loopers. Your question nudged me to find my socks, stored since last winter. It looks like I used wooly nylon in both loopers. If I pull with all my might, I can force a small (1/16") gap, but only until I let go.
drsue said... (12/22/03 7:06 PM) Reply
Irene (or anyone else who knows the answer) do you mean that the serger knife then does not cut off any fabric? Your seam edges I'm guessing would be just at the edge of the foot? Do you risk getting a gap between the two edges if you do this?
Mini said... (12/22/03 2:15 PM) Reply
I agree about practicing on scraps-finding the right tension for each fabric is really the key to flatlocking. Sometimes you can get a flatter look by pressing the seams carefully (use a presscloth to avoid leaving imprints on the fleece.) I like this pattern and have made it often, but this is a new and very creative way to use it.
Irene said... (12/22/03 1:49 PM) Reply
Very nice! About the not-so-flat seams--did you remove the seam allowances before sewing? When you flatlock, the pieces just butt up next to each other, so you don't need seam allowances. If you leave them, the fabric won't quite fit together. Also, it really helps to practice on scraps and adjust tension--each fleece has its own thickness. My first practical use of flatlock was on fleece socks, and they are VERY comfortable (no bumps!) when I wear the "ladder" side against my skin.
Katharine in BXL said... (12/22/03 10:11 AM) Reply
Yay! I love your bright pink with black trim. What a neat use for flatlocking, so no edges are inside. I'm glad you left out the shoulder pads :)
Danvillegirl said... (12/21/03 7:40 PM) Reply
Looks comfy and nice job.
Jan B. said... (12/21/03 6:49 PM) Reply
I agree with Mudcat! If you had trouble with your flatlocking (not apparent in photo) did you feed your fabric correctly? With my serger, you leave a slight space between the knife and where you are guiding the fabric. It takes a little practice, but yours looks great!
mudcat said... (12/21/03 4:01 PM) Reply
I love your outfit. It looks so comfortable and at the same time bright for the winter.
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