9/9/07

Sheer Learning...

In an attempt to get my sewing mojo back I decided to make a top and dived into pulling out a sheer fabric and began cutting and basting and then DUH!!! Clueless as to how to sew sheer fabric. So I surfed the net and took a chance and seamed up the sheer top with the following tips:

1- I used a standard universal point needle in a light to medium weight size and set the machine to the smallest stitch.

2- Used cotton/polyester thread.

3- Used hem tape simultaneously while sewing the seams together to stabilize the seam and prevent it from puckering.

Here is the top after completing the steps above and tried it on to ensure that the seams were tight. So far good.
I also added bias tape to the edging.
Now, I will attempt sleeves following Tany's instructions. Thanks
p.s. I need to learn how to use the serger feature on my sewing machine...lol

13 comments:

Tany said...

The back seam turned out really well!

Andrea said...

Your top is gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for the tips for sewing sheer material. Thanks also for the lovely comment you left me on my blog.

Lesalicious said...

Looks nice so far. I am not into sewing sheer either myself I always have a hard time with sheer so I gave up on it a long time ago can't way to see how yours turns out it may put me back into the sheer move lol. Great work :)

Sheila said...

Thank You and Happy Monday!!

I fiddled the with top again last nite and had to adjust the shoulder seams b/c of the back neck line gaping and then decided to sew the right front panel to left front panel to avoid major sloping of the front (the pattern didn't call for it, but it fits better). It was a PITA.

I got it to fit nicely in those areas. After that lil challenge I didn't get chance to do the sleeves (which I noticed are 3/4 sleeves, which I'm not fond of so I need to adjust the sleeves to make them shorter - so hopefully tonight. I also need to hem the bottom to camaflouge my faux pas - the bottom border isn't lined up correctly.

I also learned to be mindful of knit's stretch. This material has a vertical stretch and no horizontal stretch.(if I'm saying it right). So when I sewed the bias tape, I inadvertently pulled while sewing - causing it to become wonky, which I believed cause the extra sloping in the front... Lesson Learned....lol

JerseyTjej said...

I bought a sewing machine 3 months ago and it is still siting in the box...nothing fancy, but enough to get me started...started...star...
Nice top and yes, you should do a layout! You may have beginners luck!

jae said...

I must buy a sewing machine sometime in this life....I get the distinct feeling I am missing something. Looks like its going well.

anna said...

WOW, you go!!! i definitely couldn't have figured that out!!! :-O your sewing skillz are off the chain!!!

Sheila said...

Thanks. I arrived home yesterday and looked at the top and decided I rather knit... so the sleeves have been postponed til tomorrow.

@ Jae - do it.. I purchased inexpensive machines and they work for me.. then again I'm a beginner...lol

@ Anna - I still have a lot to learn and a lot of material waiting to be used...lol

Mary Sarah said...

Hi! I've been out of town and out of touch for a week. Man, I missed phone and internet service! I love your new knit tank! It looks great! Your new top looks great too! The bias trim looks fantastic. Your creativity is amazing!

Kimberly said...

I like the patten in the fabric.

The more I see people sewing, the more I want to sew.

Pam said...

I the line "my sewing mojo"!

Wanda Kay said...

It is turning out great, can't wait to see it with the sleeves.

gold said...

I don't sew sheer fabric.Reason fear!!So I will be trying what you just did!!