Monday, March 13, 2006


MelissaJoon asked me how I did the seams, because she thought they looked very professional. First off, thanks for the compliment, and secondly, how can you even tell what the seams look like!?

In case you're talking about the sewing-down of the hem, I very carefully counted out 11 rows from the turning row and whip-stitched a piece of bright contrasting cotton thread through every 8 to 10 stitches, so I could see the line easily and know I was putting the hem in the exact same location with each stitch. Counting the rows was much easier while the work was flat, so it was worth the extra little bit of time.

As for the side seams, I have started wondering if I'm doing my seaming right at all! I use a technique that Debbie Bliss shows in her books--with wrong sides facing, you pick up the running thread between stitches on one side (about 1 stitch in from the edge) and then pick up the corresponding running thread from the other piece. Back and forth and back and forth, and you end up with what looks like a seamless seam. I'm not sure how to explain it any better . . .

What do other people do?


At 1:16 AM, Blogger Jess said...

As far as your seaming goes, it sounds like you're using the mattress stitch. That's what I typically use for seaming knit pieces, and it's what I plan to use here.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger hootsister said...

I had to wing it. I started out by binding off one stitch with the edge with one stitch with the seam but it started to twist halfway through. I guess there were too many stitches on the seam edge. So I pulled part of it out and sewed the rest. I think it looks okay, obviously I am not a perfectionist.


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