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Notions

  • Great Notions and Good Ideas

    While I wait for my wonderful photographer, Andrea Jones, to recover from the illness plaguing her family so she can take pictures of my finished projects, let's talk about some great notions.

    Emma Seabrooke’s SewKeysE stay tapes played a big role during my weekend of intensive selfish sewing. If you haven’t used any of Emma’s stay tapes, you have been working much too hard. Her tapes make any project look good.

    The back neck and shoulder seams on the Jennifer Stern Tee stabilized with straight stay tape The back neck and shoulder seams on the Jennifer Stern Tee stabilized with straight stay tape

    I used single-sided straight fusible stay tape to stabilize the shoulder seams on both tee shirts. I also used the single-sided straight stay tape to stabilize the neckline on the Angela Wolf ruched tee. I used the double-sided fusible straight stay tape to stabilize the Jennifer Stern tee neckline, and just folded over the fabric and pressed it well. It looks fantastic, and I don’t have to worry about straight top stitching.

    For the sleeve and bodice hems on both tee’s, I stabilized with Emma’s one-sided fusible knit stay tape (because I want the hems to stretch over my body). Following Linda Lee's advice, I pressed the sleeve and bottom hems in place before constructing the garments.  I then zig-zagged the stay tape to the bottom of the hem "upside down". After I stitched the side seams, I was able to press the hems firmly in place before I top stitched.

    The hem of Angela Wolf's Ruched Tee with the knit stay tape zig zagged in place The hem of Angela Wolf's Ruched Tee with the knit stay tape zig zagged in place

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