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I hope it's ok to ask a binding related question here.

I'm hoping to start my bedspread soon, which I will be quilting though not piecing. I'm using a thin very durable commercial grade upholstery fabric that washes up beautifully. The backing is a coordinating cotton sheet.

Bindings don't throw me for a loop - they are what they are -  mitering a corner is no biggie either.

Here's my only question. Can quilt bindings be cut on grain or must they be bias cut? Pretty basic question, but I just don't know the answer. I've only ever done bias bindings - even on window treatments - but I'm thinking I don't have enough fabric for a bias cut and I'll have several long strips left after trimming for the top.

Any thoughts?

The Haberdashery / Re: Rough pins
« on: December 05, 2019, 18:57:05 PM »
Pins and needles do rust/corrode over time and the damage is not visible to the naked eye.

Ran over a pin once when I was quite young and my mom dug the tip of the machine needle out of the corner of my eye....I NEVER intentionally sew over a needle! (I'm slightly OCD regarding safety.)

I pick up a new box of decent quality pins every few years and try to keep them separate from older ones, just so I can use for silks, etc.

In the wardrobe / Re: Cross grain jeans?
« on: September 11, 2019, 23:33:16 PM »
I would also expect the knees and such to bag more quickly when worn if cut on the crossgrain.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: They've Gone
« on: August 31, 2019, 22:12:24 PM »
I have yet to have enough time to make anything I don't need.

My Mom OTOH, at 80, had had shingles 4 times in her life. The third bout sidelined her with permanent nerve damage in her back. Having been hyperactive her entire life, she has to do something.

So she started crocheting potholders from heavy cotton thread. They are of excellent quality and actually look machine made as her tension is so consistent.  She first wanted to sell them, but when I showed her the Etsy price, we both agreed giving them away was the best answer. She of course is known now as "the potholder lady" at her local hospital and her doctors' offices.  Dad swears she yelled, "Gene, don't forget the potholders!" ,as they loaded her into an ambulance one night.

Drug/alcohol recovery centers and childrens'wards often gift blankets to the patients. Perhaps you could work within one of these facilities and donate your work. Seems such a waste for them not to be used.

In the wardrobe / Re: A total epiphany
« on: August 17, 2019, 14:54:20 PM »
Its been decades since I used my machine for buttons.

I like doing hand work. I had to learn how to do everything by hand before I was allowed to touch my Mom's machine.

Buttons and holes have never intimidated me. Instead, they are a sign that I'm about to be rewarded with a new garment. I find the process exciting rather than dreading it.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Coat - comfy or elegant? or flashy?
« on: August 05, 2019, 19:04:17 PM »
Definitely #2 ! Gorgeous pattern and less cumbersome for in and out of the car.

No waistline is great. #1 would require a lengthy neck (which I don't have) to be comfortable.

Love the fabric. Reminds me of some silk blends I've seen.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Lara Sanner Truffle Coat
« on: August 05, 2019, 18:57:04 PM »
This is simply standard "weather coat" construction.

When there is a zip and snaps, the zip is centered and therefore the snaps must be offset.

I'm usually rather anal about never wanting asymmetrical clothing, and nothing about this coat looks odd. Its a great coat.

Tutorials / Re: Stay stitching on stretch fabric
« on: May 30, 2019, 23:05:56 PM »
I rarely staystitch anything as I learned to handle wovens as I was sewing and trying on without doing damage. Just one of my own shortcuts.

The necklines in knit tops are a whole other matter for me. Many knits cut on a bias distort easily. I hand baste a running stitch to prevent distortion and as I am partial to a bias cut band on t-shirts (the only knit I usually sew), I remove the stay stitching after the band is initially attached so that it can stretch when being pulled over my big head.

Left the stitching in years ago on my first T, it was a pain to get on and off my head -especially since it was machine stitched.

Machine Accessories / Re: Needles!
« on: May 30, 2019, 11:48:55 AM »
So, I was 8 when that song came out - Mellow Yellow. I can remember singing it at the top of my lungs - a personal favorite. Assumed "Saffron" was a "cool hippie name" for a girl.

According to Wiki, it actually is about an "electrical banana" (as mentioned in the song) otherwise known as - a vibrator! 0_0

Great laugh this morning, ladies! Nothing like catching a joke half a century later!!!

Tutorials / Re: Stay stitching on stretch fabric
« on: May 29, 2019, 20:28:06 PM »
I agree with Surestitch. I rarely stay stitch anything, but the neck lines of some knits do need the stability. I prefer a quick running stitch by hand to control distortion. It pulls out easily once the band is attached.

Machine Accessories / Re: Needles!
« on: May 29, 2019, 12:45:24 PM »
I use a small prescription med bottle with a small hole drilled in the top so machine needles just drop in. Take off the top for bent pins and pulled staples. Same bottle for two years now - less than half full. (I'm easy on needles.)

When its full, I'll switch the top with the hole onto a new bottle.

There's a benefit of old age - endless supply of med bottles.

Now if they just served any purpose other than used needles.....

@SewRuthieSews :

Very good list! I've always sewn fast, but I like intricate woven pieces, so I like working efficiently. Making groups of T-shirts at once works well for me, as I sew knits infrequently and prefer a variety of solid colors. Having to rethread machines every few hours is quicker as I just did it a few hours earlier -and can remember! If I'm doing 4 Tees I pull all of the thread and notions for each all at once. I have a rolling cart that holds all and can move between machines.

I like to handsew in the livingroom while watching TV. I bought a daylight bulb for a regular lamp, and the basket that holds the remotes is large enough for extra scissors, clip, snips, etc. - no running back and forth. Made my pincushion from a ceramic turtle - he "lives" under the lamp. A storage ottoman is only for current sewing projects, so things can be tucked away quickly.

I wax thread for a project all at once, always do extra, and it hangs from a straight pin stuck in the drywall at a steep angle, tucked to the side of the drapes in the livingroom. If the project gets delayed, its wound onto an empty TP roll and secured with green painter's tape - kept with the remotes.

Most important - take 30 minutes to an hour to reorganize as things begin to jumble. This is easy to do if everything has a dedicated space "to live". Waiting to organize once a year or so means wasting time searching for things - or running out to buy a duplicate (or triplicate!).

Organization makes a huge difference.

I also avoid large plastic tubs. They're much too difficult to manuever, hold too much to be practical for constant use and I can't stand looking at the things!

House Beautiful / Re: What interior to use for a bench cover
« on: February 11, 2019, 17:33:56 PM »
Most foam would not wash well. Sort of like a sponge - they retain dirt and grime (one of the nastiest things you can use for washing dishes.)

My sister has had very good luck with washing polyester filament bed pillows. They will fluff back up and dry in the dryer. She'll wash them 2-3 times instead of buying new ones each time the way she used to.

If you don't want to wash slip covers because they are hard to get back in, they can be placed in very large yard trash bags, use a vacuum to remove all of the air, place them inside the cleaned cover and let the air back in. Its how I do cushions when I reupholster. I use very cheap yard bags, as they have to be torn/pulled out and the cheaper ones are easier to remove.

House Beautiful / Re: Re-cover IKEA Poang chair
« on: February 11, 2019, 17:25:19 PM »
I would have just used the old cover as a pattern for a completely new cushion and kept a paper pattern for future use. It would be easy to replace every few years that way with fresh foam when needed - and no messing with adjusting a slip cover.

In the wardrobe / Re: Tweed trousers McCalls 6901
« on: January 11, 2019, 13:50:41 PM »
@Silver Rose  - Ah! The "presents" we receive with an aging body!

Keep an eye on that back rise, thickening waist and slimming hips and thighs usually means the bum has dropped (the excess doesn't magically migrate to the waist). This is when the back crotch curve alteration and crotch extensions begin to need to develop.

Oh, such fun.

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