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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Stretch


    Ministry Makes Stretch

    What have I been sewing lately? Well, following on from my blog about sewing hems in stretch fabric using a twin needle, I made an exercise top which required the use of a twin needle for hemming and attaching a binding around the armholes and necklines.

    I copied an existing top as a template for the shape, using techniques from our Clone Your Closet workshop to cut the pieces.

    Cut back

    Cut front

    Next, I placed the front to back and sewed them together at the side and shoulder seams using an overlocker to allow the seams to stretch with the fabric.

    To help the hem lie flat, I ironed a narrow strip of stretch interfacing around the bottom of the top.

    And to make it look more proffessional, I overlocked around the hem edge.

    I set my sewing machine up with a twin needle, reduced the tension slightly, reduced the pressure of the presser foot and increased the stitch length to sew around the hem from the right side.

    Stitching looking slightly wavy! ..... But lying flat.

    Using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler, I cut lengths of fabric for the binding around the armholes and neckline. I measured around the area and then reduced the length by 4cm so I then had to stretch the binding as I overlocked it in place. This meant it pulled the openings in for a nice fit.

    Finally, I twin needled the bindings down from the right side.

    Finished front.

    Finished back.


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