2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 11, 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT...

...sewing can be hazardous to your health?
Even though I am starting to  incorporate many newly learned machine tailoring techniques into my garment, I some how still feel the need to do a whole lot of hand stitching, for instance, I didn't feel that the wool I'm using for my coat was heavy enough (or had enough body), so I used my muslin as underlining by hand stitching it to the coat pieces.  I guess I really over did it this time! Sitting in one position for hours -  looking down - while securing this underlining to all of my main coat piece seriously aggravated my already delicate neck.  Cost me a Chiropractic adjustment (which believe me I gladly paid) and set me back two days from working on my coat.  I could have bought some nice fabric for the cost of that doctor's visit, OUCH!  I'm always afraid that the underlining will shift around inside my garment if I don't tack it to death. A little research and reading up on how to attach underlining would have saved me money, time and pain - cause I found out that ALL THIS HAND STITCHING IS NOT NECESSARY.

Maybe you already knew, but just in case you didn't, Craftsy has an excellent write-up all about underlining - What it is, it's purpose, and the best way to apply/insert it.  If you'd care to read about it, this is the link...

14 comments:

  1. Great job so far, Faye. I'm looking forward to seeing the finale with all of your hard work.

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  2. Hope you feel better. I did hand stich my underling to the coat fabric, but only to mark the seam allowance. Milliners needles or doll making needles( are long) and it may help you take longer basting stitches since they are going to be remove once the jacket is sewn and before the lining is inserted.

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    1. Thanks Alethia I do feel much, much better and will be adding the name of those needles to my "need to get list" since I INSIST on doing so much hand sewing!

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  3. I'm glad you are feeling better and thanks for the link to the Craftsy article. I look forward to seeing your progress as you work on this coat. I know it's going to be gorgeous.

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  4. Thank you Tomasa, there is truly nothing like feeling better!

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  5. You poor thing - lesson well and truly learnt, I am sure. I have to be careful as well, not to overdo it with sewing or computers, or it aggravates my neck/thoracic region too.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I am much better now. Yeah, computers can do damage too I'm a witness.

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  6. So sorry to hear that but I'm happy that you're feeling better and your coat is coming along nicely. Thanks for the link, very informative.

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    1. Thank you Tanya and you are welcome!

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  7. So sorry to hear about your neck. Hope all is well soon.

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    1. Thank you Catherine, yes I'm better now. The adjustment and those two days away from the needle and thread really helped!

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