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June 6th, 2006
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It worked.
(this probably isn't new to some of you, but it's new to me.)

I have been pondering for a while a means of stabilizing bias cut edges when it is imperative that they been sewn without any stretch. I thought of sewing beside the bias cut line just before cutting, but that might introduce puckering.


But a reason to make a farthingale just recently gave me a chance to try an idea I had. A farthingale is pretty much four rectangles, two of which are cut into triangles (using a bias cut). I ripped the rectangles (to be sure I had the grain true) and then laid the rectangles-to-be-cut-into-triangles out on a grid, to make sure I was keeping the grain as true as I could. I then ironed on a 1 inch wide strip of light-weight iron-on interfacing right over the bias cut line. THEN, I cut the bias line.

It worked! I had no dificulty sewing those bias edges to the on-grain edges without puckering or streching. The seams IS a little stiffer than it would be, but since I flat-felled it, it is just bulkier to begin with. And the interfacing seemed to make the flat-felling easier, as the seam allowance didn't try to deform away from me.


(no point in pictures as it was white on white.)

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From:solan_t
Date:June 7th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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;) Thanks.
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From:kb4wyr
Date:June 7th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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I wonder if there is a stablizer that could be used in this fashion but that will wash away after the cutting and seaming are done??????
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From:solan_t
Date:June 7th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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It seems possible. But it would have to be pretty tough, not to stretch once applied. I wonder how that could be done with something that dissolves....
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:June 7th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
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darn it!!! I keep staring at that logo!!! ;-)
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From:clevermanka
Date:June 7th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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There is a spray-on stabilizer that washes out. I have some friends who use it for sewing with knits. Since I don't sew with knits, I've never tried it. They swear by it, though: Sullivan's Spray Stabilizer.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:June 7th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
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sulky stabilizers!!!! It's expensive, but it washes away completely and comes in a iron on and spray variety. From what it sounds like. you only need a little bit anyways.
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From:themadblonde
Date:June 8th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)

query...

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don't you get warp when you rip the fabric? I always seem to...
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From:solan_t
Date:June 8th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)

Re: query...

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Only the warp that was there to begin with. And a little right at the edge, but that's in the seam allowance, anyway.
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From:themadblonde
Date:June 8th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)

ok...

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you must be a neater ripper than I. I usually get a full inch of wavy warp, which is a shame 'cause ripping is SO much faster than cutting (& I'm a lazy seamstress!).
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From:solan_t
Date:June 8th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)

Re: ok...

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It may depend on the fabric, too. How tight the weave is and such.
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