Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fusible thread

Since we last spoke I have been sewing more knits. Two more pairs of the Lucinda pants that I loved so much (the grey ones a few blog posts back) and a sleeveless T with a V neck to go with one pair.

I will post my instructions of how to do a cross-over V, promised a long time ago, tomorrow too.

But tonight quickly I want to tell you about the tee.

I used the Renfrew again as a base pattern, lengthened and swung it out using pivot and slide also described a while back and did a cross-over V. I find that the armhole on many sleeveless patterns are too low for me and the squishy stuff in my armpit is not really my best feature.

As a result lately I am just leaving off the sleeves of a T-shirt pattern I like and just turning under and stitching around the armhole.

This can be tricky so I want to tell you how I do it.

First I replace the thread in my lower looper with fusible thread (my friend Trudy gave me a new spool last week, thanks) and then three thread finish around the raw armhole. I give it a light press under to secure and then top-stitch down from the right side.

Done.

This is a million times easier than pinning, basting or hoping. And about two million times easier than using fusible web which I have heard some serious people do.

This is what the fusible thread looks like on the wrong side before it is turned, fused and stitched.


So easy. Top shots tomorrow

7 comments:

BeaJay said...

OMG OMG OMG.... I used to be a serious person but now I am switching to the lower looper fusible - how absolutely fabulous. Love this tip.

BeaJay said...

Tomorrow would you mind posting a picture of the inside hem after turning and stitching. I am assuming you have to turn it twice so you don't fuse to the iron.

BeccaA said...

What a great tip! I have to get some fusible thread.

Sewing Princess said...

and now i need to go and find this thread!!!! thanks

Cheryl Willcox said...

I love this idea. I am going shopping for usable thread.

Carmen Bouchard said...

I didn't know this even existed! Thanks!

L said...

Oooh. This is put in the lower looper?! This. Must. Happen.