Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Confession


I've started working on my PINK laptop case and, not surprisingly, it involves cutting out a lot of rectangles of various materials (exterior fabric, canvas, interfacing, lining, etc.) and basting them together along the outside edges.



This seems like it should be SO easy - but I often have trouble in that, by the time I've worked my way all the way around the rectangles, either one side has a bubble or the edges no longer line up perfectly. I used a walking foot this time, and that did seem to help...


But I'm wondering - am I the only one who has this problem? Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to minimize this issue?

9 comments:

mamafitz said...

i usually press my pieces together before basting, then pin them together while the pieces are cooling.

reducing your presser foot pressure should help also. i also loosen my top tension a bit (so if you want to remove the basting afterwards, it's very easy: just pull on the bobbin thread).

Julia said...

How about using stabilizer? Pressing the pieces together and pinning while they are still warm sounds like a great idea, too.

sewducky said...

Not the only one, no. My solution is to place it in the quilting category and not do it.

debbie said...

Temporary spray adhesive works great! Holds the pieces together, doesn't gum up your needle and washes out if need be.

marysews said...

I like to use fusible thread to hold things together before stitching.

Sarah E. said...

I use glue stick and glue the pieces together. You do have to be careful and apply it thinly without any globs or it will be sticky all the way through. I would try it on a scrap first, but this method works really well for me. I also use clear gluestick and not purple.

I wonder if they sell double sided fusible interfacing???? Hmmmm...got to go start "googling".

mamafitz said...

I thought of something else. You could try basting with the fashion fabric down, against the feed dogs. So cotton down/canvas up.

Alison said...

No, you're not the only one and no, I have no ideas. LOL. I just let it pucker. Pucker away baby.

I'm making Nicole Mallalieu's laptop/messenger bag as we speak. Oh my....the amount of pattern pieces!! If it's any consolation, once the cutting is done, the sewing goes really fast.

Shannon Hillinger said...

I also press carfefully and then pin the heck out of it. I also follow the edges of the most stable piece of fabric, as that one is the least likely to have shifted or stretched while cutting.