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Monday, 30 March 2015

Refashion Tips: Starting at fold when taking in

Recently we unveiled Castaway to Couture an an exciting, national refashioning competition, open to the public, ASG members & Red Cross people too! Castaway to Couture is brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Inc. in collaboration with Red Cross Shops. Entries are open and we have our resident refashioning genie, Judith Turner here, with the fifth in a series of tips. Take it away Judith.........

The quick fix “TAKE IN” is what a lot of people want. And fair enough. Usually it’s because of a planned outing and the garment is not sitting right, so why not just give it a quick run in down the sides?

This is not something I would do for a client, unless they were adamant it was alright to start at the top. I prefer to unpick bindings, take in, and then take in sides and put it all back together with a nice join in the binding.

Notice in photo 1 that the sewing foot is on a lean. This means that the probability of the top lining up is limited.

However if a quick fix is what you are chasing, here is a tip to help you line up the top so that
it does not move and one side is higher than the other.

In your box of tricks you may have a gadget that looks like my Jean Genie. It is usually plastic and white. Photo 2

Lower the needle into the top and slide the gadget in so it is touching the end of the fabric.

Lower the needle and sew. Easy as 1 2 3!

Happy altering
Judith aka genie

Keep an eye on this blog for more hints, tips and ideas! We want to keep you buzzing with ideas, so not only will you hear from Judith, we will have some inspirational blogs to check out. This week, we suggest checking out Refashionista, So, Zo and The Pineneedle Collective. Have a great week, we can't wait to see your entries!

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