Monday, October 13, 2014

Avoid Hand Sewig!

I’m not a big fan of the four letter word that’s part of the phrase “hand sewing”.  Many projects, such as purses and bags and other lined items require an opening for turning.  The nice thing about this is that you don’t end up with any raw edges which can unravel and produce pesky loose threads.  However, the opening does require closing.

I make sure that I press well, then once I have done all my turning, poking of corners and more pressing, I use a small piece of 2 sided fusible that I carefully place inside the opening.  I press that closed and tada – no more opening!  Sometimes I reinforce this area with some zig zag stitching or top stitching.

You can use scraps of 2 sided fusible cut to size or purchase a roll of pre-cut 1/4" fusible.

Another use for small pieces of fusible left over from other projects or for the pre-cut 1/4" strips is to use it around the edge of a large appliqué rather than cover the entire appliqué with fusible.  This gives you the flexibility to add batting behind the appliqué for a trapunto look and it helps reduce stiffness of the appliqué.

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