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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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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.


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


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.