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Sewers' Suggestions Winchester KY

Have you ever constructed a garment only to end up with less-than-desirable results? Follow Sandra's expert tips and advice on seam construction, buttonholes, pattern intricacies and more. With her advice, you'll be strutting your new wardrobe in style!

Michael's Arts Crafts
(859) 277-1022
2309 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY
 
Lasting Legacy
(859) 543-0200
3130 Mapleleaf Dr Ste 105
Lexington, KY
 
Lexington Art League
(859) 254-7024
209 Castlewood Dr
Lexington, KY
 
Shumaker's Art Materials & Custom Framing
(859) 254-0930
400 Old Vine St, Suite 103
Lexington, KY
 
American Academy of Equine Art
(859) 281-6031
3915 Jay Trump Rd
Lexington, KY
 
Michaels
(859) 543-0896
1953 Pavilion Way Hamburg Pavilio
Lexington, KY
 
Miller Fine Art & Framing
(859) 254-0402
6355 Old Jacks Creek Rd
Lexington, KY
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(859) 272-5711
125 E Reynolds Rd, Ste 160
Lexington, KY
 
Mocha Memories
(859) 539-8010
3479 Greentree Road
Lexington, KY
Prices and/or Promotions
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Art Exhibit
(859) 245-7410
3401 Nicholasville Rd
Lexington, KY
 

Sewers' Suggestions

Sewing expert Sandra Betzina has spent many years teaching and sewing with a passion. In this regular column, Sandra shares her tips for hassle-free sewing.

Sewing Solutions
from Sandra Betzina

Have you ever constructed a garment only to end up with less-than-desirable results? Follow Sandra's expert tips and advice on seam construction, buttonholes, pattern intricacies and more. With her advice, you'll be strutting your new wardrobe in style!

A Better Buttonhole
Size 70/10 sharp machine needles stitch the best buttonholes because of their ultra-sharp points.

Thread Options
Don't use polyester thread when sewing lightweight silk. Puckers in the sewn seam can be pressed out, but will return because polyester has memory. Silk or 100% cotton thread gives the most desirable results.

Extra Give
If garments end up being too tight even when using the size that coordinates with your measurements, cut wider side seams. When cutting out the pattern pieces, add an additional 1" beyond the cutting line at the side seams and underarm sleeve seam. Don't cut wide seams anywhere else. Before stitching the side seams, machine-baste them with a contrasting-color thread and a 1_" seam allowance. When fitting, there's up to an additional 4" of seam allowance to play with.

Save Those Scissors
Before you toss out a pair of scissors, try wiping the lint from between the blades. If the scissors still don't cut easily, consider having them professionally sharpened.

Cutting Knits
Since all knits vary in amount of stretch, cut wide seam allowances on the side and underarm sleeve seams. If the knit doesn't have as much stretch as you need, let out the seams.

Connect the Dots
Failure to transfer dots from the pattern to the fabric usually causes big problems later. A quick way to mark the dots without transferring them is by cutting an inward notch (or "in notch") into the seam allowance parallel to the dot on the pattern. The notch is easy to spot, and the dot marking is almost always _" in from the fabric cut edge.

Take Your Time
What's your hurry? If you love to sew, you'll probably start another project as soon as you finish the current one. Slow down and enjoy the process.

Faux Flat-Felled Seams
Never sew a flat-fell seam on stretch fabric. Doing so causes ripples within the stitch rows. Instead, sew a faux flat-fell seam by serging one edge of the seam allowance and trimming down the other edge. Instead of wrapping the raw edge of the cut seam allowance, simply cover it with the serged edge and secure with a row of topstitching.

Wonder Tape
Wonder Tape, a double-sided narrow adhesive tape is the next best notion to fusible stay tape for garment sewers. Eliminate seam shifting on velvets or when matching plaids by placing a strip of Wonder Tape 1/4" from the seam allowance cut edge. While the tape holds the seam together without pins during construction, it's easily...

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