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Dana Bontrager
Lewiston, ID
How many times have you sewn a collar or placket in the traditional manner, right sides together, flip to the inside, pin the living daylights out of the un-sewn edge, and topstitch from the right side, only to have MAJOR portions of it not caught by the topstitching? Big pain in the patootie! Now you have to go back and either re-stitch it, or fix those gaps by hand! NOT ANY MORE! After studying men's ready-to-wear, I came to the conclusion that they're sewing it all backwards! I now sew everything backwards! Sew right side of item (collar, cuffs, plackets, waistbands, etc.) to wrong side of garment. Pin remaining seam of item over previously stitched seam. Stitch in place. NOW WASN'T THAT EASY? You won't have any gaps because you've sewn the item on already and will be topstitching, on the right side, the un-sewn edge, so you can SEE that it will be caught! Invariably, your stitching on the underside will be lined up next to the seamline, so it looks good too!

Contemporary classic styles especially for full-figured petites in sizes 14 to 24.
Kathleen Cheetham
Sointula, BC

Oil's Well That Ends Well - Kathleen learned this while working in the factory. Oil: machine, salad or otherwise can be removed without a trace using baby powder. Set the garment aside where it won't be disturbed for 24 hours. Shake a generous amount of Johnson's Baby Powder over the oil. The powder will absorb all the oil and can be simply shaken off the next day. This treatment works beautifully on all fabrics including suede.
Connie Crawford
Hansville, WA

Stablizing your fabric with brown craft paper, shelf paper, or unprinted newsprint insures that the fabric will not slip or move during cutting.
This is especially vital when cutting any lightweight fabrics such as rayons, linings, chiffons, silks, crepes, or knits. Place, align and pin the fabric to the paper, matching the selvage(s) along one paper edge. Then pin the pattern on top of the fabric. Then cut the paper, fabric, and pattern all at the same time. Cutting with a paper support also helps achieve a clean, more accurate cut and it will not dull fabric scissor or rotary cutters any more than normal use.
Our patterns offer comfort and style along with pockets to keep your cash undercover and your hands free
Marsha McClintok
Oregon City, OR

If you want to reduce or eliminate wrinkles in silk or linen, underline the garment with silk organza. It must be silk. Cut your fashion fabric pieces then cut the front, back, and sleeve pieces from the silk organza. Lay an organza piece on the wrong side of the fashion fabric piece and baste around the outer edges. Construct the garment the usual manner. This is great for a travel garment so it can be packed and worn without wrinkles.
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Lyla Messinger
Reno, NV

The best way I have found to transfer a pattern marking is by using the Chakoner marker. It has a fine wheel at the bottom, and will run right along a ruler without shifting your fabric around. You will have a precise line to get accurate placement. Another little secret for a knit fabric. I cut the edges very smooth with a rotary cutter as I cut it out. Instead of narrow hemming with the machine, I simply fused Design Plus Ultra-soft Double-sided Fusible along the edge of the wrong side, pulled the paper away, turned the edge toward the wrong side the width of the fusible, and pressed the edges in place.
An exciting variety of classic designs includes jackets, dresses, pants, skirts and tees. Ready-to-wear techniques allow you to sew an entire wardrobe quickly and easily.

Pattie Otto
Racine, WI

When trimming and pressing curves such as curved collars, rounded pockets or other curves, don’t clip individual notches. After pressing the seam open, just use pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade to trim the curve. The curve is easier to turn and presses flatter with the even notches made by pinking.

Janet Pray
Highland, MI

Have you ever had that fight with your sewing machine when you start to stitch and it “sucks’ the fabric down into the hole in the throat plate, snarls and snags, sometimes even causing holes in your project? You may have experienced this same thing while topstitching a collar; when you come to the point and pivot, again the collar is pulled down into the hole and likely damaged or even ruined. I have heard of many attempts at a solution but none as failsafe as this tip. The simple solution used to be part of the attachments that came with your machine and you may even have one, it’s a straight stitch throat plate. This throat plate has one single hole just large enough for the needle to pass through and cannot (like the zigzag plate) “suck” your fabric down. Just one caution; you must remember not to set the machine at a zigzag or decorative stitch before you change the plate. Straight stitch throat plates are available for all makes and models. To purchase one for your machine just contact your local machine dealer.

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