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Technical Help / Shirts
« on: September 14, 2020, 10:27:21 AM »

Men's shirts, to be specific.

I can do a functional (but not at all pretty) flat-felled seam down the side. But I'd like to get a quicker and more professional finish.

I've been looking at YouTube videos for shirt making and most seem to gloss over the sleeve/side seams. Somehow they seem to just run over the seams maybe once or twice with a single straight stitch, with no trimming or fancy attachments.

What am I missing? Is there some other way to do do "proper" side and arm seams?


Machine Accessories / Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:35:24 AM »

Has anyone here ever used one of these buttonholing attachments?

Probably getting ahead of myself, but I'm a bit underwhelmed by the 4-step buttonhole on my Bernette B33 and I saw a Greist thing on YouTube producing lovely teardrop buttonholes.

Do they actually do this and can they be used with domestic machines?

Enquiring minds, and all that :)


Technical Help / To interface or not to interface - Butterick 6339
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:50:55 AM »

I'm doing a waistcoat in linen and raw silk from the Butterick 6339 pattern.

The pattern says to interface the whole of the two front pieces, and to do that before sewing in the two darts. This is fusible interfacing, by the way, not traditional canvas.

This seems really weird. First off it makes the whole thing feel more like flimsy cardboard than linen, second I don't see how I'm going to be able to get the darts flat (or even accurate) with the interfacing there.

Does this sound right, and will it matter if I just pull off the interfacing and cut a couple of strips to give structure to the front edges of each side for the buttons and button holes?


Technical Help / What's going on here?
« on: December 27, 2019, 08:53:33 AM »
After the (relative) triumph of my first project (red trousers for my Grandson, pics on my thread in Hi I'm New), I thought I'd have a go at turning some ill-fitting trousers of my own into shorts.

However, when fixed the hems, attempting to replicate the original folded-over style, I was left with the weird stitching shown below.

The front/top side seems fine, but the back/bottom is really odd and very messy.

The only setting I changed on my machine was the stitch length, so I'm at a bit of a loss.

Obviously I'm going to have to re-do it, but how can I avoid the same thing happening again?


Hi, I'm new... / Hi from NZ
« on: December 08, 2019, 21:21:31 PM »
Hi all,

I’m new to the forum and new to sewing.

That said, I’m not a complete stranger to home-made clothes as my mother was a former theatrical set designer and wardrobe mistress, so we all grew up in outfits that were designed to be seen from a distance and maintained on a daily basis.

Oh how I yearned for shop-bought clothes as a seven-year old :)

What that did leave me with though was a huge intolerance to things that don’t fit. So, now I have a bit of time on my hands I thought I’d take the opportunity to learn some core sewing skills so I can do my own alterations. Oh and maybe treat my new grandson to a little of our family tradition for oddly home-made outfits.

Things to expect of me: stupid questions, lack of realism about my actual skill level, guilty enjoyment of the Great British Sewing Bee.

Things not to expect of me: competence, any desire to show the results of my amateurish rag-stabbing.

Right, now to go and see what’s happening.


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