Thursday, 22 December 2011

Advice please!

Kind people out there in the blogosphere, will someone give me some advice?!

I was looking at my fabric bits and pieces and found this remnant of Amy Butler Daisy Chain


It occurred to me that the motif is like a little snowflake (I'm really into snowflakes just now!)


So I had the idea to cut two of them out, and sew them together using a very small zigzag stitch.  I thought perhaps I could make several and hang them from some cord.



I think it's quite cute, but the stitching is a mess... It's irregular and the edges are whiskery.  Am I using the wrong stitch?  The wrong kind of foot?  Would it only be possible to do using a serger?  It was a bugger very difficult thing to sew round all the corners and I'd be so grateful for any suggestions.

4 comments:

  1. I've had trouble zigzagging edges on my machine too. I'm not sure if changing the stitch somehow or the foot would help... but what I've done to get by is use a large seam allowance and then trim off the excess after sewing the zigzag. I wind up with a bit of extra fabric on the edge still since I don't want to cut through the stitches, but it lays much flatter than I can accomplish otherwise.
    Good luck finding a solution!

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  2. Hey Amy, thanks for this! I will have to do a bit of experimentation and I will definitely try a larger seam allowance next time as you suggest. Do you find that when you trim them the edges don't fray too much?

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  3. Great idea, that's very pretty!

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  4. amy - you need to include a little stabiliser between the fabrics - something like heat 'n' bond, or heat a steam or whatever it's called!

    i'd imagine you won't be able to use a serger as it would be difficult to go round corners

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