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Ruffler Foot

Started by Sew Much Talent. Last reply by Freckle10 Jul 1, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Alethia on July 28, 2011 at 11:16am
Scenario: You've made a skirt and your at the point where it needs to be hemmed. You're alone, you don't have a dress form, what do you do? Well, problem solved. Here's a fantastic tool that allows you to evenly mark your hem in place as you wear your garment. It's called a hem chalk marker.




You can find this tool in your local fabric stores and on line.
It's a GREAT tool to have.

On the same lines, if you're pinning for someone else,you can use this chalk marker or you can use the pin marker, very similar:

Comment by Freckle10 on June 17, 2011 at 11:02pm

The red print fabric was applied using a rolled hem foot. The foot is a new addition to my sewing kit. The next step is to research techniques to ensure straight applications on my future projects. One idea is to draw a straight chalk line.

Comment by Alethia on January 6, 2010 at 1:28am
Come back and I'll explain the purpose of the pressing tools, and why they are important.
Comment by Alethia on January 6, 2010 at 1:22am
These are must have tools for anybody taking their sewing serious. Every sewing room should have a pressing ham, a ham holder, and a seam roll. One other thing you should have in your supplies is a pressing cloth. These items are essential to giving your garments a crisp and professional finish. These items can be easily found at your local fabric stores. However, if you're feeling a little crafty and want to create a personal set of pressings tools, the link below provides you with instructions on how to make a pressing ham,it's holder and a seam roll.
If you don't already have these items and you do a lot of sewing, especially garment sewing, you might want to make them the next priority purchase on your list.
If you have a testimony about the use of these items, please share it with us. Thanks!
http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/FACTSHTS/CT-MMB-214.pdf
Comment by Alethia on July 6, 2009 at 7:57am
The Jean-a-ma-jig is used dfor hemming jeans. It for the sole purpose of going over those thick seams. When I found out about this, it was a BIG help. I don't know how I did without it. No more broken needles.
How to use it:

Mark, cut, fold, and press your seams in place as usual. Begin to sew as normal. Sew as far as you can go before going over the seam. Stop. Rest your needle in the down position. Lift the foot up. Slide the Jean-a-ma-jig under your foot so that the needle is between the cut out groove. This tool should be butted firmly up against the seam. Lower the presser foot and begin to sew. Stop just before going completely off the thick seam. Leave needle in down postion. Raise presser foot again. Remove the tool and place the opposite side against the thick seam. Again, the needle should be postioned between the groove. Lower the presser foot and continue to sew. Once you're off the thick seam, remove the tool and continue to sew.
Remember not to sew on the Jean-a-ma-jig.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, REMEMBER TO USE THE APPROPRIATE SIZE NEEDLE FOR YOUR JEAN FABRIC, USUALLY SIZE 16 OR 18.

If you don't already have this go out and get one today. Try it and tell me all about it.
Comment by Alethia on July 3, 2009 at 8:59am


Can anybody guess what this tool is used for?
You know the old saying, " This is the best thing since sliced bread."
Well, when I discovered this, i thought it was just that.
Comment by Alethia on July 3, 2009 at 8:57am


Marjorie what have you found to be the pros and cons of the Tailor's Square? How has it benefited you in your projects? Why would I want to use it?
Comment by Majorie L. Pye on July 3, 2009 at 12:22am
My most favorite is the tailors square. This is a tool I got when I went to Tailoring and Alterations school. I like it because you can use it as a ruler, a straight line and when you need to divide an area into different measurements. It is a great tool to have
 

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Started by Sew Much Talent. Last reply by Freckle10 Jul 1, 2011. 3 Replies

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