Have you ever had problems with the fabric fraying as you try to sew an opening closed?
This is a great tip from Jan. Simply trim the seam allowance wider at the opening. No more fraying.
I use a shorter stitch length than normal when sewing around curves and projects that require stuffing. A shorter stitch length gives a smoother curve and a stronger seam. For example I normally sew with the stitch length set at 2.5. The star and heart were sewn with the stitch length set at 1.5 and when making dolls the stitch length is 1.0. The shorter stitch allows you to trim close to the sewing line (a scant 1/8 inch).
I "blinked" upon your lovely blog and was scrolling down when I had only one thought: "How does she get that cat to sit so still everytime?"
So then I paid more attention ... and everything looked even lovelier.
Posted by: Mary Alison | December 07, 2007 at 06:46 AM