Having never sewn with a knit before, I decided it might be a nice idea to practice on something small to increase the chances for success. Many, many lessons were learned while attempting to sew the Comox Trunks last weekend, and it’s a good thing I like to experiment.
Stretch fabrics stretch differently in the north-south and east-west directions. It is important to note this and choose the correct fabric orientation before beginning.
- Supplex is a wrinkle free fabric. That means ironing to lay a seam flat or make seam binding is a useless exercise. In this instance, topstitching tames that beast. This should not be a difficulty with a cotton/spandex product, but you never know.
- It may be difficult to differentiate between the right and wrong sides of the fabric, and that might become apparent in different lighting if you’ve sewn right and wrong sides together. Orientation of the pattern pieces may also make a difference to how the pieces look when sewn together. To avoid mistakes like this, marking the bottom of a piece on the wrong side is necessary for me.
- Cutting the project with shears was not the way to go – a rotary cutter did a much better job of it.
- Slowing down the sewing speed resulted in better looking seams that also laid down better.
- That seam is only going in once and you won’t be picking it out if gets screwed up in the sewing. Witness Peter’s new knickers. They’re in a twist.
- Step away if patience is waning. See above.
On Friday afternoon, it’ll be the Big Smoke (Toronto) with Marci and her father to attend a class on 3-D printing at a branch of the city’s library. It’s been a long time since there were any adventures in Toronto, and things done with Marci and any member of her family? Well, you’re guaranteed a good time.
The front of the baby quilt has been finished aside from a border around the outside edge.
I had an inordinate amount of trouble assembling these blocks, and they aren’t hard. Hopefully this week’s sewing efforts won’t prove as frustrating as last week’s. Many of the scraps are being incorporated into the back. Hopefully it will all become a quilt over the next week since I am ready for a return to Gravity’s quilting.