I've designated this "Shirt Week" here - I cleared my schedule so that I could slowly and meticulously sew Hubby's first Real Business Shirt. (I promise not to write on this one!) I chose a very fine, soft 100% cotton shirting - in white, because he needs a new white shirt. But it's stressing me out! You wouldn't believe how many times I've washed my hands while sewing this thing! And of course I pricked my right index finger with a pin, so now I've got a band-aid on there to avoid getting blood stains on the shirt. Yeesh!
Here's a sneaky peek at the pocket I did yesterday:
Anyway, I've spent the last couple hours putting together the collar. (Yes, I'm slow, and making myself go even slower on this one. Plus, there was some assorted guacamole and gingerbread cookie eating going on. Not at the same time though.)
As I was edgestitching the collar, I was using a new tip I learned a couple weeks ago from Threads magazine - I've been using it since I read about it and it works so well, I wanted to share it with you guys.
You know how when you're edgestitching and you get to a corner, and then you pivot and start to go down the next side, but sometimes your fabric won't feed forward and the stitches get all bunched up? Well, I learned that it's because the presser foot isn't level, like this:
See how it's angled down at the back? This keeps the feed dogs from pushing the fabric through, and that's why the stitches get all bunched up. The solution is super simple - just place a piece of scrap fabric under the presser foot right behind your work, like this:
Your presser foot is level and you can keep on going with no bunching! This has worked for me every single time. And it's one of those things that's so simple and makes so much sense, I'm wondering why I didn't think of it myself!
Did you guys know about this? Am I late to the party again?