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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - December 03, 2019, 04:24:46 pm
Still no SWAP sewing, but I've picked up a nice wool rib knit in a blue color way, and also the StyleArc Bob pants in their cyber monday sale. https://www.stylearc.com/shop/sewing-patterns/bob-woven-pant-multi-size/  I may be on the hunt for a rayon/tencel twill for these, I think they'd hang beautifully. I've also got my inspiration piece set, so there's some decisions made.

Fun to see some folks already sewing in prep!
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Happy to be in good company, Wendy! :)
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - December 02, 2019, 08:14:17 pm
What a great discussion! @CCL I feel for you on the heavy workload and other delays. Great help in those two photos. The instructions are quite intuitive to me - am going to try that out.

@Ginger-sews: That's like a mini-SWAP in a weekend!

As usual, I am unlikely to actually have anything finished before I leave on holiday for Christmas, but I am patting myself on the back as this weekend I traced two patterns, cut out two toiles, and started sewing one toile together. That is a definite improvement for me on the pre-SWAP periods of other years. There is hope for me yet!

I do find sewing so relaxing and wish I had more time to invest in it... :)
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - December 02, 2019, 05:13:26 pm
I think you can use bias strips of linen and there is a bias nylon tape about 1" wide which can also be used --- something that was available for finishing seams before sergers were common -- boy am I dating myself!  You need to match the weight of the bias to the fashion fabric.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - December 02, 2019, 02:38:03 pm
Okay - Not sure how legible these are, but here's the Singer and Betzina instructions:


Bias Strip set in sleeves Singer Tailoring Book



Bias Strip set in sleeves Sandra Betzina Power Sewing

If I think of other things I use the wigan for, will post.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - December 02, 2019, 02:16:21 pm
Quote from: Towanda on December 02, 2019, 07:03:03 amCCL - I know that you are really busy but can you do a post on using wigan? I bought some years ago and don't understand how and why you use it. Thanks
Towanda - I am just learning myself!  I believe it's basically the equivalent of precut "hair canvas" on the bias. So I would assume one could use it where bias hair canvas is used for structuring.

I have been using it for hems or cuff edges to give them a little structure and support.  Recently I added wigan to the sleeve hems of my jacket.  Here's a quick photo.  Before the step shown in the photo, I tried the jacket on, decided where I wanted the sleeve hem, basted a line, and then notched the sleeve seams at the hem line to reduce bulk. Placed the wigan so the center was along the basted hemline.  I ran a line of what one of my books calls a permanent basting right along the hem edge (the black thread in the photo). Then I catch-stitched the edges to the sleeve seams.


V7975 wigan for sleeve hem - invisible basting

Where I am really loving the wigan is in setting sleeves.  I just substituted wigan for the lamb's wool in the Singer Tailoring book's discussion on using bias strips of lamb's wool to set sleeves. - Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing book has the same basic technique - though she suggests it for leather or difficult to sew fabrics.  I will scann those pages and come back and post them.  The first time I tried the  technique, I couldn't see how it would work, but it did and has the several times since then that I have used it.

I did use the wigan to set the sleeves on the same jacket as in the above photo, but unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the innards, but here is one of the finished jacket. 

V7975  view C jacket finished

V7975- jacket finished - back

I will try to get the instructions up by this evening.

Oh - and Ginger-Sews, love that two piece outfit (and nice to see someone else does bare feet photos!)
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Grasshopper - December 02, 2019, 12:55:10 pm
I do a significant amount of hand basting as well.  It just makes the sewing process smoother and more enjoyable for me.  I also prefer to use woven interfacing in almost everything rather than fusible.

@Ginger-sews, bravo on your Thanksgiving sewing progress!  I am currently knee-deep in finishing a T-shirt quilt for a family friend, so I am not making much progress on garment/SWAP sewing yet.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 - Official Rules
Last post by theresa in tucson - December 02, 2019, 12:29:39 pm
Some interesting discussion on the 2020 SWAP.  I certainly don't need any more clothes so I'm not going to participate except to pull together a coordinating wardrobe and fill in the holes.  I'm cheering on the participants though. :applause2:
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Ginger's "She looks so put...
Last post by Ginger-sews - December 02, 2019, 08:40:17 am
And a 'live action' shot...
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Ginger's "She looks so put...
Last post by Ginger-sews - December 02, 2019, 08:15:12 am
Here are my pre-swap Thanksgiving sews.  The tops are 3/4 sleeve tunic length tees. Made all on the serger with coverstitch neckline and hems. The skirt is a simple pullon I've made before - all serger, too.

The pictures aren't the greatest (not great light to sew under either) - the colors are brighter and not so yellow. But, you get the idea. :)






I have some nice golden colored stretch panne to make a nice dressier tee for the swap using this top pattern.

Making progress!
Ginger
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