So I saw this fantastic explanation for “Sewing with the Bobbin Thread” which is a great technique to use for sewing tucks and darts in transparent fabrics.

I am thinking of sewing up a JJ blouse for myself in such fabric with a built in singlet or similar so I was excited to see this.

I thought I would share, many of you seasoned sewers may already know this technique, any further advice would be great for all, so here you go:



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    Oct 7, 2009, 07.58 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    i never would have thought of doing something like this! that’s pretty darn cool!

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    Oct 7, 2009, 09.23 PMby ichigogirl

    Cool, and great tutorial, I would have never understood what it was about without the pictures (but what’s a feed dog, hm…?)

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      Oct 8, 2009, 12.07 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      As Kiraph said the feed dogs are in the needle plate of your machine, they feed the fabric through and you can drop them down for free motion embroidery or in this case to help keep everything straight. I drop my feed dogs with a little metal lever inside where the bobbin is. Your machines manual should tell you how to drop and put them back up, or just have a peak inside, it’s usually marked with some triangles pointing upwards :)

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      Oct 8, 2009, 08.46 AMby ichigogirl

      Aha… so that’s what they are! I’ll have to have a look in my manual how to lower them. Great help to know what to look for, since the manual is in Swedish :-).

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    Oct 7, 2009, 09.40 PMby kiraph

    feed dogs are the teeth under the presser foot that move the fabric along. I agree though what a great tutorial! Thanks!

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    Oct 8, 2009, 12.08 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    No worries guys, happy to share, it helps us all be better sewers :)

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    Oct 8, 2009, 09.35 AMby anajan

    At first I was a bit confused by the introduction text (I guess my English needs some fine tuning :)), but then the photos made it crystal clear. Great tutorial, thank you so much for the tip!

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