The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts
Why dream about owning a designer dress when you can make one? If you have often stared longingly at designer patterns but have wound up settling for those marked "fast" or "easy", this book has everything you need to achieve the designer look without hours of tedious drudgery. Some of the gerat short cuts you will find here: super-fast, hassle-free seams with all the advantages of French seams, but not the effort; quick-and-easy ways of reducing fullness, marking a hem, or making a rolled one; tip son handling tricky fabrics; finishing touches, many of them that look difficult, but aren't - even ways in which to press without using an iron.
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A Word About Shortcut Sewing
Basic Sewing Skills
Sleeve Plackets and Cuffs
Underlinings Linings and Interlinings
Special Techniques for Special Fabrics
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armhole armscye backstitch baste bias strip binding blanket stitches bobbin button buttonhole Chain stitch clip collar cord corner cuff curved cut edge dart ease edgestitch elastic face-up fashion fabric flap flat folded edge foldline front Fuse fusible agent garment and facing garment edge garment section glue hemline hems interfaced band interfacing lapped layer lengthwise grain lightweight fabrics lining fabric loop machine matching the cut ment method neckline needle nonwoven notches overlap overlocked pattern piece Pin and stitch pinking shears placket Press the seam presser foot pseudosuede pull right side right-side-out seam allowances seam open seamline self-fabric short stitch shoulder seams side seams skirt slash sleeve Staystitch Stitch the seam stitching line straight stitch stretch suede topstitch Trim the seam Turn the garment underarm seam undercollar underlap underlining underpress Understitch waistband waistline welt width wrong side yoke zigzag stitch zipper foot zipper tape