Darlene’s Thread: Bobbin Blunders, Grommeted Curtains, and More
Who says that quilt scraps or fat quarters have to be used for quilting? After they’re washed and pressed why not consider piecing them together for an easy apparel project like this sporty button-down shirt? I mixed a few Amy Butler Prints with Deb Strain for Moda pieces. The pattern is an oldie but goodie Butterick 4023. I just modified the sleeves by eliminating the cuffs and adding a tab with buttonhole closure. Looking for a pattern is a lot like looking for a new home–look for good bones, as in Structural Details. Princess seams will always give you a more flattering fit than a one piece with darts.
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Have you ever had tension problems? Did you change the needles and threads, but still had the problems? Be sure to check these two things:
1. Be sure to check the threading order in your machine’s manual. All machines do not thread the same way. Case in point: The Singer Stylist 9960. This particular machine has a specific threading protocol. The thread must be coming off the horizontal spool from underneath the spool when sitting on the spool pin, or else there could be tension problems or skipped stitches.
2. Sometimes we mistakenly think that all bobbins are the same, but actually there are very minute differences. Sometimes these differences are smaller than your naked eye can see and can cause skipped stitches or tension nightmares. The hole inside the bobbin may be a millimeter different in diameter, sometimes it’s the ever so slight slant of the outside wall, or a teeny tiny bevel on the outside rim. SEWING RULE: Never use machine A’s bobbins on Machine B.
How to Make Giant Grommets
Uber popular in today’s home decor scene, grommeted curtains are not just for the shower! If you want a fast, easy and economical way to make drapery panels, consider using jumbo grommets along the top. Below are a few tips when using these attractive and functional accessories:
1. Use a fusible adhesive such as Heat’n Bond or Stitch Witchery on the facing. This will make the facing stick to the front side, making it easier to cut the grommet holes and snap all the layers together inside the grommets.
2. Drapery hardware usually sets the curtain rod around 3″ from the wall, so keep the grommet holes no more than 6″ apart or else your inside folds will be smashing into the wall.
3. Use an even number of grommets to ensure that both sides are facing the wall, NOT the front!
4. Make sure the grommet band is stitched onto the curtain below the grommet holes.
5. With the backside of the top facing up, insert the front of the grommet into the cutout template hole underneath the top band. This will allow you to press and snap the two pieces together with the heel of your hand on the flat tabletop surface.
6. Fold the panel like an accordion before stringing onto the rod for hanging. This will help to set the folds and make sure that the end pieces face the window wall.
When to Watch
May 16th at 6am ET for Singer Ironing
May 17th at 5am & 5pm ET for Brother Sewing, at 8am & 4pm ET for Smart Cover Ironing
May 24th at 6am &5pm ET for Singer Sewing, at 9am ET for Singer Ironing
May 25th at 7am & 12pm ET for Singer Sewing
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