My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Blame Pen of Jen!

Due to repeated urging from PenofJen,
I've decided to start a new weekly posting activity. I am not going to try and figure out how to do the Mr. Linky thing-a-ma-bob...however, if you'd like to join in then just let me know in the comments cause I'd really like to learn too!

Sarah's Simple Sewing Secrets

OK, they're not secrets...but tips just didn't have the same alliteration! Hey, maybe I should call it "Simple Sarah's Sewing Secrets"????

Oh well, it all amounts to the same thing in the end.

I grew up under the sewing machine. I mean that quite literally, I sat on the floor under the machine or right next to it while either my mother or grandmother sewed. As I got older they would give me any tasks that I could handle...probably just to shut me up for 3.5 min! Thanks to this piece of my heritage I have amassed certain tricks of the trade so to speak...most of these are very basic, but Jen has pointed out to me that "the basics" are no longer taught as they once were....and many of the folks who sew now picked it up catch as catch can rather than being taught by a veteran seamstresses as I was.

So, here's my rules!

If anything is in any way unclear, LEAVE ME A COMMENT SAYING SO and I will come back and restate. If I use any terms or phrases that you don't know, assume that it is just a family shorthand and TELL ME I AM NOT MAKING SENSE. I know very few actual sewing terms...just what we always called things.

Today I am going to tell you a trick for putting elastic in a garmet. I am telling you this because it is what I spent my entire UFO meeting on Saturday doing as well as the last hour and a half.

My boys' sweatpants are too long for them and Subvet is terrified that they will trip over the hems and break their lovely little noses. So I turned up the bottom of the pants leg and sewed it to the inside, leaving room for elastic, and leaving a hole to put the elastic in. So far as I know this is called making a casing. The casing being where you put the elastic.

So, here's the tip/secret thingy.

When you go to thread the elastic into the garmet first get out two safety pins.

Pin one to one end of the elastic and leave free. Pin the other to the other end of the elastic and to the garmet just above the hole you'll be feeding the elastic into.

Then feed the free safety pin through the garmet's casing till it comes out the other side. The free safety pin will make it tons easier to feed the elastic as you can feel the pin to guide it through and the anchored pin will keep you from losing your other end in the casing. (When that happens it is called a "teach your kid to cuss activity")

Then, once the elastic is fed through the casing overlap the ends and sew together. (it's always a good idea to safety pin the overlapping ends in place first, and try on garmet as then you can make adjustments as needed)

When you go to sew the elastic. Regardless of if you sew by hand or machine always make a box with your stitches. Don't stop and start, turn the corners without breaking the thread. If the area you are stitching will be getting a lot of pulling on it then sew an X inside the stitched box for added strength. I do this when reinforcing handles on bags that I always shove too much stuff into!

Well, I hope this helps someone. If you have any questions just put it in the comments and I will answer either in the comments or in another post...


jennifer said...

This is an excellent tip. Third just got a pair of sweatpants for early morn jogs and he asked me yesterday to fix the length.

I think that sweatpants are too too long!!

Mighty Mom Must Make More Majestic Models!

Hows that for alliteration???

Diane J. said...

My Mama taught me that trick many moons ago. I still use so much of what she taught me. I wish I'd paid more attention back then...



Anonymous said...

too cool!
I will have to keep an eye on this!
I need all the help I can get.
Way to go mightymom!

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Mightmom,
Wanted to come over and visit for a few and wish you a "HAPPY HALLOWEEN". I went to Pea's Halloween Bash earlier today. She is a great host and her house was just spooktakular. I used to sew quilt tops before I got married to my hubby. My parents bought me a sewing machine for Christmas one year and I really loved making quilt tops. I would make the tops and then take them to someone that would do the quilting. I have several that I make back then. I might try that again sometime. I never was the best sewer tho. I don't know nothin about that Mr. Linky thing either. I still haven't learned how to add things to my site yet. Maybe by next Halloween I will have learned. Well, gonna go for now. Just thought I would drop by and wish you a safe and "HAPPY HALLOWEEN". Take care my friend,
Karen H.

diana said...

happy halloween to you...

i'm not a seamstress but you go mighty mom. from what i've seen in the blogging world, there are a lot of sewers and/or those learning to sew. your "secrets" should be a big hit. good luck.

Stephanie said...

Catching up, here! Glad you're starting this. I flunked geometry and had to take it again in summer school, and was still making simple dresses in senior year home ec while the other girls were making coats--and now I make quilts. Go figure.

BUT, reading sewing patterns is almost like trying to read a foreign language so I will be happy to see all your tips!