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Re: What sewing detail do you find the most difficult?

Turning over and sewing a very tiny hem on a very curved piece of fabric (like a ruffle for example). I think in the future the way I would tackle it is this: cut the fabric wider than it would normally be. Fold over a wide enough first fold of the hem so I can manipulate the fabric and hold it in place while I iron it, prior to sewing very close to the fold. Now trim very close to the stitching. Fold the edge over one more time, creating a very narrow hem. The fact that the stitched-in-place first fold holds the raw edge and provides some more body to the edge should make it easier to do the second fold. Iron the second fold in place. It will still be somewhat difficult to manipulate such a narrow hem before ironing it in place. Probably pinning through the folded hem into the ironing board, in sections prior to ironing, might help. Finally, sew the hem in place, very close to the folded edge. It others have better or easier techniques, please let us all know.

Re: Use a Twin Needle to Make a Reusable "Corrugated" Coffee Cup Sleeve

Love the way you used the cording to get the ribbed effect. To respond to GrammaVal's question about the twin needles for hemming knits: I've done this many times, and the trick is to get some Wooly Nylon thread and GENTLY wind it onto your bobbin BY HAND. Then when you use your twin needle for hemming, the wooly nylon on the back will stretch to allow your stitching to be flat. Otherwise, the zigzag stitch that's formed on the bobbin side has a tendency to pull the two rows of threads together. Of course if you like that raised effect, no need for the wooly nylon.