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Sewing Tip from Sweet Dreamzz Textiles April 18, 2012

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Should I iron my fabric before starting this sewing project?  Normally I would say no because I have a pretty good handle on how fabrics react to heat.  Going back to the first sentence well let’s rephrase it in this way. It’s always a good idea to test the heat limits of your fabric especially when combining it with other fabrics. What may seem to work with normal heat may not work when the handle on the iron or the heat gets turned up a few notches.  When working with a swatch of fabric that the dress-maker intends on using as a lining, cut out a small sample and test it on low heat and then again on high heat. 

 It all seems like a no brainer, but this week I had the pleasure of unsewing a jacket twice the first time the color combinations were not working I will take the responsibility for not thinking outside of the box on that.  The second time, well I was distracted, I was completely done and thought I was going to iron out the seams and trim the ends.  About that time I smelled something burning, I accidentally placed the iron on my lining and for some reason the combination of fabrics were not compatible.  Unfortunately it meant going back to the sewing table removing the seams, find a better piece of fabric for my lining and then try it again for the third time.

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Sweet Dreamzz baby robe, final cut! March 24, 2012

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The third step in this project is to test the compatibility level  of the fabrics that I’ve chosen, although my cotton fabric is absorbent it does not serve my purpose,  the concern is that the weight of the cotton fabric is more of an obstacle than I anticipated.  Back to the drawing board, replacing the cotton fabric with a terry cloth for weight and feel purposes. The final cut means to drop the flannel stripes it does not serve my purpose, keep the flannel fabric it tells a story,  is colorful and soft this is a wrap, it’s time to start to get to work on this baby robe.

Design tip of the Day, use the right thread for your fabric March 24, 2012

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When you decide what your sewing project for the day is going to be, thread your machine, cut a small piece of fabric to work with, test your thread and tension to be sure you have the correct thread weight for your sewing project before you go ahead.  If your fabric is yielding a gathered piece of fabric on a straight stitch, first adjust your tension, if the issue remains your thread could be the problem.  A quick trip to the fabric store with your sample is a good idea to find the right type of thread for your project.