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TIPS FOR HEIRLOOM SEWING........
• For heirloom sewing, use only glass head pins. The plastic head pins can melt and ruin your beautiful fabric.
• Lightly spray starch your French lace (English lace too) for easier handling. Take care not to stretch it.
• When sewing lace to lace, use a little piece of tissue stabilizer at the beginning of the seam to prevent the lace from being pulled down and eaten by the feeddogs.
• Use the Size
1.6/70 twin needles for pintucks on lightweight fabric like Swiss
batiste. Choose the Size 2.0/80 for broadcloth.
TIPS FOR ANY STYLE SEWING........
• To get French seams to lay flat and not pucker, use a tiny zigzag stitch to sew the first run.
• Press your seams as you sew. Do not wait until the garment is finished to iron it, because it will look much better if you press each seam after sewing it.
• When sewing on a button by machine, use scotch
tape to hold the button in place while you sew it.
• Choose wide Swiss Edging. You will want it wide enough to cover the high yoke seam of the dress. In the book, Nancy Coburn says she raised the yoke slightly to prevent the seam from showing.
• If you will be making a larger size dress and think that the yoke will be too deep for the Swiss edging to cover the seam, you may want to use a piece of Swiss Embroidered Insertion on the yoke and use the Swiss edging for the hem. That is also very pretty.
• If you want to trim the sleeves with French lace and beading (for ribbons), the Busy Mother's Guide also has a section on French sewing by machine techniques to guide you through the process.
• We will ship your materials to you by Priority
mail at no additional cost (see
shipping chart) so that you will receive them fast and can get started.
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