Tuesday, April 21, 2009
the joy of top stitching
What says home sewn to you? To my sister Miriam, it means collars with too heavy interfacing and wonky top-stitching. I was reminded of that as I was working on my coat.
I love top stitching, I really do. I love it so much I have set up my ole faithful Janome as a permanent top stitcher with 6 mm presser guide foot, a top stitching needle and thread.
So imagine my thrill to come across a 2 page spread on top stitching in "High Fashion Sewing Secrets," by Claire Shaeffer, on kind loan from Jenni from across the road.
Now let me share her wisdom in brief:
Use small stitches, it looks less wonky.
Sew right side up.
Fill your bobbin before you start so you can sew the whole thing without breaking anywhere.
Always stitch slowly.
Thanks Claire! Now go on, tell me, what says "home sewn, but not in a good way," to you?
post editing note:
I forgot to add that Claire also endeared herself to me by saying that even the best couture houses have trouble keep their top stitching straight and she shows a darling picture of a Chanel collar with wonky top stitching.
In her page of advice, she didn't say, "don't drink and top stitch," but I think she should have.
Posted by Mary Nanna at 3:12 PM