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Hi, I am making the following: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6464-products-15234.php?page_id=96

I’m using crepe de chine and i underlined it with a very light weight cotton (which i thought would give a little stability and structure). I’m getting ugly puckers in my seams :( Using an 80/11 needle, switched to cotton thread, and have my tension on the loose (but not loose) side. I’m also using both hands to feed the fabric through giving it a slight tautness. The bodice I made looks beautiful (i rounded and dropped the neckline and it has lace with piping around the neckline), but the skirt puckers are ruining the overall look…and I’ve spent so much time on it.


Thank you!


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  • Brooklyn_march_2_large

    Sep 15, 2012, 11.02 PMby RuellaDesigns

    hand-baste the pieces together (machine basting causes the fabric to draw up slightly, creating puckers in the completed garment’s seams;

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    Sep 18, 2012, 09.41 AMby katexxxxxx

    Use a smaller needle. Try a Microtex needle in a size 60 or 70.

    Use a smaller stitch: 2mm.

    Use a VERY NARROW zigzag on crepe fabrics, as if they were stretch fabrics: they do have built-in stretch due to the weave.

    Use a good quality silk or poly thread for silk. Something finer, along the lines of Coats Duet or Seta Reale is best.

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