Sunday, December 3, 2017

Slow Sewing

As I approach clothes sewing projects now, I feel like I have a lot more patience and respect for the preparation side of the project.  With space set aside where I don't have to rush to get things laid out, pinned and cut in a short period of time (to allow TV viewing or life in general) - I can take my time, really trying to achieve a good result, and knowing that I can continue tomorrow if needed.

So it's been a quiet week of laying out fabric, cutting out pattern pieces and slowly working my way through the early stages of my dress pattern - stay stitching and those other weird practices that I always ignored in the past.  For some reason my Bernette sewing machine has hated sewing the rayon fabric I am using... so much to my disgust, I had to resew several sections where the sewing gathered up and the tension was crappy.  Luckily, my Brother Innovis was much better behaved.  I did end up with this rather oddly shaped yoke section.

Pretty sure this is supposed to lay flat.

Resewing has meant that it does indeed sit flat - although there are still the odd funny bits, I'm calling this a win.

This has knocked my confidence a bit, and I'm not sure now whether I'm going to like the finished product.  I have remembered why I don't like sewing with Rayon - it is just a beast to handle.  At this stage, all I can do is continue and hope for the best.

In general sewing shed news, I finally decided to remove the frame from my enormous custom built work desk, and use this space as work space - instead of general junk holding space.  I think this is about 3m long.


I also added a few new fat quarters to my stash... thanks The Country Yard!


And I added some new Denyse Schmidt patterns to my collection after a Black Friday sale with Hawthorne Threads.  Best of all, they don't charge freight on their pattern purchases... and these are some patterns I've had on my wish list for a while.


I have struggled with getting the last border done for my Medallion quilt.  Losing the fabric, and then the fusible web meant it was all just too hard.  Yesterday I played with some fonts and poster printing...


And after finally tracking down the other supplies I needed, fused and laid out the letters.  This is a 5 1/2" cut strip.


I think this will work :o)  Bring on the blanket stitch next week, when it is hopefully not too hot!

4 comments:

  1. Rayon does play hard! You really do need to show who is boss! The "Dallas" border is looking great though...quilting cottons are much better behaved!

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  2. Great border......I love font prints! Is it worth trying your walking foot for the pesky fabrics?

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  3. Being able to shut the door and come back later plus having space to create makes such a difference, especially when you are time poor. I rememeber trying to sew those sorts of fabrics too - and remember that a great deal of patience is needed! And I'm sure that same patience will be rewarded :-) Great work on the border- I like that font you've used.

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  4. Oh, it is *frustrating* when a machine refuses to work with a fabric! Hopefully your garment will be like many quilts, and happily surprise you after sticking with it and finishing!

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