23 November, 2014
13 October, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic Bernina question, old vs. new presser feet
No advice to add, but I have searching in vain for old style #70 and #71 . Seem to be rare as hen’s teeth. I gave up and use the short shank adapter with fellers from old Singer machines, which are…
motera commented on the forum topic Free CAD program for Pattern drafting
I have both Autocad and Vectorworks. Prefer VW, do all my pattern making using it. I have it for my job, less expensive than Acad, but easier to use, but still expensive for home sewers. It is just…
Rena, others have responded to your question very well, but for a beginner , it helps to practice your darts on scraps before making them in your garment. To me, nothing says ‘home-made’ like a poo…
motera commented on the forum topic Sleeves, and my inability to fit them EVER....
My suggestion- need more room across the shoulders, and/or across the chest, possibly larger armhole. Perhaps you should make a muslin, and then experiment with it , slashing it and inserting mosre…
10 July, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic Summer jacket
I would make flat fell seams (as one finds in men’s shirts and jeans)
Depending on pattern, you can still use interfacing under facings.
Another thing you can do is use a layer of the fashion fa…
18 June, 2014
motera favorited the pattern Style T-Shirt 06/2013
motera commented on the forum topic Push up Bra/Swimsuit
www.bramakerssupply.com Has excellent instruction books or DVDs and all supplies, underwires and padding in an incredible number of sizes
motera commented on the forum topic Problem w/ Singer Machine Pulling Knits into Feed Dogs
I would like to support Sabrina’s excellent advice on the tissue paper. This will also help make seams easier to sew and neater result in knits, as the tissue prevents the seam from stretching as…
30 May, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic How do people print Burdastyle patterns?
I was unsure at first, being familiar with tissue paper patterns, but have come to love Burda patterns printed on bond paper, placed on fabric with weights as mbuchanan1 has described. I add the se…
22 May, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic Fitted crop top zipper
use a lightweight separating zipper
motera commented on the forum topic Making an existing dress bigger using extra fabric
In the lower part of the back, add a couple of pleats by adding inset pieces 10-15 com wide, forming 5 to 7.5 com pleats at the seam. You can stitch the pleats flat to the waist, then let them loos…
20 May, 2014
motera commented on the pattern Luxe Tee 10/2013
They are tall sizes . 36-38 is 72-76.
I made this (88) and the fit was great, as expected. It is a very fast and easy pattern.
14 May, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic Lining fabrics. what to use?
I have seen high quality cotton garments lined with fine cotton lining . I like lining cotton with cotton for its breathability and compatibility. I think quilting cotton or some broadcloth are to…
3 May, 2014
motera commented on the forum topic Facing a slit front
provide a link or an image and maybe we can help :)
28 April, 2014
motera favorited the pattern X Wrap Dress 04/2014
motera favorited the pattern X Shawl Collar Top 04/2014
motera favorited the pattern Silk Motorcycle Jacket 03/2012
motera commented on the forum topic Finishing seams on a wedding dress?
I think well executed serged seam finishes would be fine, but you can up the ante by using silk thread in the serger.
You could also bind the seams finishes with the silk organza cut in bias stri…
22 April, 2014
motera favorited the pattern Raglan Tunic 04/2013
motera favorited the pattern Hip Length Blazer 04/2013
motera favorited the pattern Vest 04/2011
motera favorited the pattern Creased Pants 08/2013
motera favorited the pattern Chain Jacket 08/2013
motera favorited the pattern Blouse with Hidden Closure 12/2013
motera favorited the pattern Bustier 02/2011
motera favorited the pattern Three Quarter Sleeve Blouse 02/2011
motera favorited the pattern Flared Sleeve Top 03/2014
motera favorited the pattern Wrap Blouse 04/2014
motera commented on the forum topic Adding triangle to neckline
Here is what I would do.
Mark the Vee on the shirt fabric.
Pin a piece of tissue paper under neath to make sure the fabric does not stretch.
On the marked line , stay stitch with a straight stitch….