Dear Vicki: I would like more suggestions for my kids to sew. They have had fun this summer with a little sewing and are ready for more. What other fun things can you think of? They have made pj pants, pillows and shorts. So we need new suggestions. Thanks for helping me to inspire them. – Vi Hotze.
Dear Vi: Who doesn’t love purses and bags?
McCall’s 6997 has a very exciting group of bags. I feel sure your little stitchers would like to make some of these. They will solidify their skills and have fun doing it. That said, it would also be good to encourage them to make another pair of pj’s on their own, maybe a flannel pair, just to see if they can do it without so much help.
Dear Readers: Here are the instructions for one of the most amazing techniques I have seen in a long time. It is a way to make 1/4- to 1/2-inch hems for chiffons and other lightweight fabrics – something most of us have had to do. This will save you if you have prom or bridesmaid dresses to hem.
First you need Ban-Rol waistband interfacing. Trim one of the woven edges off and then unravel the lengthwise fibers for 1/4 inch, or whatever the size of hem you desire. The Ban-Rol can be in short pieces that you can overlap or butt up against one another to get around the hem. The Ban-Rol interfacing looks like a little comb; lay the comb up against the cut edge of your dress and stitch right along the base edge of the little projections. I hope you can picture this. Now carefully fold the fabric up and over the interfacing. You might want to press now to make the fabric behave. Your hem should now be formed. Top-stitch right along the edge of the fold. Lastly, just gently pull the Ban-Rol away from the hem and smile at this wonderful hem! One of our wonderful customers at my store showed us this amazing technique.
This week’s reader’s tip is from Deborah Bryant, of Rutherford, Calif.
She writes: “I often need to mend torn pockets on my boys’ pants. I hit upon the idea of putting twill tape on the inside of their pants and then stitching through the pockets and the twill tape so everything is reinforced before it is torn! It works really well – at least I think so, because they don’t rip off anymore.”