Sunday, November 29, 2009

2010 New Year's Resolutions: Sewing Know-How

I just finished reviewing Singer's Complete Photo Guide to Sewing. Looking through this book again reminded me what a great resource it is...and how much I don't know. One of my resolutions for 2010 is to increase my sewing knowledge and comfort with various techniques. I'm making a list of all the apparel sewing techniques included in the Singer book. My goal is to try each of them at least once before December 31, 2010. I may have to try a few projects that I wouldn't normally have attempted in order to accomplish this but I think this will be fun. I'm keeping The List in the right-hand column with each technique numbered. Whenever I complete one of these techniques, I'll do my best to take sequential photos and post them.

I am skipping all the home decorating and serger techniques. I only own a conventional machine with just the basic stitches. I also don't need to do any decorating at the moment; that's the beauty of wedding gifts!

Is the list everything I don't know? Of course not. Actually, there are quite a few things on the list I've done many times before...just not done well. The point is to take the time to learn better technique so I will be proud of my garments...and not shudder when I see a picture of me wearing a beautiful teal shantung dress with "ski-slope boobs." Don't ask. It was bad.

The List
  1. Layout for even and uneven plaids
  2. Make self-fabric bias strips
  3. Encased seam: self-bound
  4. Encased seam: French
  5. Encased seam: mock French
  6. Encased seam: flat-fell
  7. Encased seam: mock flat-fell
  8. Stretch/taped seams
  9. Bound seam: bias
  10. Bound seam: tricot
  11. Bound seam: Hong Kong
  12. Darts
  13. Basic gathers
  14. Gathering with elastic
  15. Sewing elastic in a casing (waistline seam)
  16. Set-in sleeves
  17. Sewing sleeves: flat-method
  18. Continuous bound placket
  19. Shirt-style placket
  20. Attaching a cuff
  21. Pointed collar with nonfusible interfacing
  22. Round collar with fusible interfacing
  23. Convertible collar
  24. Shirt collar with a stand
  25. Waistbands
  26. Hems: topstitched
  27. Hems: twin-needle stitched
  28. Hems: bound
  29. Hems: machine blindstitched
  30. Curved hems
  31. Narrow hems
  32. Bias neckline facing
  33. Patch pocket with square corners
  34. Patch pocket with rounded corners
  35. Self-lined patch pocket
  36. Lined patch pocket
  37. In-seam pocket
  38. Slanted pocket
  39. Welt pocket
  40. Thread eyes
  41. Buttonholes
  42. Snaps
  43. Lapped zipper
  44. Centered zipper
  45. Fly-front zipper
  46. Covered separating zipper
  47. Exposed separating zipper
  48. Invisible zipper
  49. Interfacing jacket front & facing
  50. Shaping jacket lapels
  51. Interfacing jacket back
  52. Interfacing jacket hem
  53. Shaping jacket undercollar
  54. Interfacing jacket sleeves
  55. Notched collar
  56. Topstitching a tailored collar
  57. Custom shoulder pads
  58. Sleeve heads
  59. Tailored jacket hem
  60. Jacket vent
  61. Lining a jacket
  62. Lining bottoms with darts
  63. Lining bottoms with pleats
  64. Elasticized waistbands
  65. Cut-on waistband with casing
  66. Cut-on waistband topstitched
  67. Smooth elastic waistband
  68. Shirred elastic waistband
  69. Ribbed neckline: flat
  70. Ribbed neckline: in-the-round
  71. Ribbed neckline: V-neck
  72. Adjusting pattern for swimsuit
  73. Activewear elasticized edges

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