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A sad day - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
May 10th, 2006
08:23 am


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A sad day
I have to admit defeat. I really do a better job binding corset edges by hand rather than by machine. Not to mention, it's decidedly less frustrating by hand, it just seems to take forever. 3.5 hours just for one tabbed edge of one half of a corset. Got a lot of Law and Order time in, though. Yeah, me, watching TV, but it was mostly background.

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Date:May 10th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a bit of "Chung-Chung!" to make an evening go a little quicker.

(wo)Man over Machine? whoda thunk it? :o)
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Date:May 10th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hand binding the tabbed edges of an 18th cen style corset has taken me as much as 8 hours. If I can, I try to machine sew some of it, usually the face side partially. Then I hand sew all the extreme turns and the entire inside.
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Date:May 10th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
8 hours? That makes me feel better - if I had been doing the whole thing at once, I would have been at it for 7 to 8 hours.

I wanted to use the machine for part of it (probably the parts you use it for) but gave up after half a tab. At which point I envisioned hand basting the binding down, then going over it with the machine, but the hand stitches seem secure enough that I don't feel the need to go over them all with the machine - but I likely should, if only to make the bones stay in place: I only basted the open ends together.
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Date:May 10th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well, you had other options yesterday. :P
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Date:May 10th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
I did. But that damn corset called like a siren and I couldn't resist finishing it. I did, after all, STAY UP LATE finishing it, if that gives you any idea of the hold it had on me.

And I will likely put the grommets in tonight... after going to see David Copperfield. Damn corset.
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