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Offline silverstah

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Sewing 101 topics
« on: December 02, 2015, 02:09:01 PM »
So, I've been challenged to begin blogging again - and I've decided to try to take up my series of "sewing 101" posts.  The first in that series is pinning - what sorts of pins are available, and how to effectively pin so your garment comes out beautifully.

http://www.silverstah.com/2015/12/02/sewing-101-how-to-pin-a-seam/

I'm curious - what sort of other sewing 101 things would people like to see?  I've already had requests for hand-finishes for hems, and pressing/ironing basics.  :)
« Last Edit: December 03, 2015, 10:26:31 AM by silverstah »
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Sewing 101 - Pinning
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2015, 02:39:58 PM »
A lot of newbies find reading/using patterns confusing.

(ETA now that I'm not on my cell ::))  To be honest...not just newbies.  I find myself reading and re-reading instructions and staring at the pattern trying to make sense of it...then walk away and come back later... :o

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Re: Sewing 101 - Pinning
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2015, 09:39:13 AM »
Great idea!  Thanks! :)
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Re: Sewing 101 topics
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 10:27:13 AM »
Net up in Sewing 101 - the cross stitch or catch stitch!

http://www.silverstah.com/2015/12/03/sewing-101-cross-stitch-hem/

This is one of my go-to hem stitches. The interlocking stitches make it nice and sturdy, but it's still flexible enough to allow for the fabric to float a touch. I love it. It's also great for tacking down facings or interior seam allowances.
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Re: Sewing 101 topics
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 09:27:47 PM »
I love the catch-stitch, too. It's also a great (and accurate for some periods) technique for finishing seam allowances--I tacked down *miles* of them on an 18th c. quilted petticoat I made this summer. For whatever reason, though, it's one of those ones I have to relearn every time I sit down to do it--which is pretty often, considering--and it's one I can *never* figure out how to do in embroidery! And a closed herringbone? Egads...

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There must be something in the air at the moment; there's been a slew of discussions on beginners and basic sewing skills on Pattern Review right now, too. Laura, I know you do a lot of different types of sewing--are you thinking general sewing knowledge, historical techniques, whatever strikes your fancy?

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Re: Sewing 101 topics
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2015, 10:05:10 AM »
That cross-stitch hem would have come in really handy a few weeks ago! The hem to a suit coat sleeve that I needed to alter back to its original length was done in that stitch, and I just couldn't figure out how to get the flow of it. I ended up doing a blind stitch super carefully to get it to look right on the outside.

Great idea to get this up and going!

 

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