Saturday, September 18, 2010

Can’t that woman sew anything besides t-shirts?

Well, yes. Yes, she can.  However, she finally read the instructions and got that machine going.  Give her a break, will ya?
It didn’t take long once I read the instructions.  To test the binder, I used Kwik Sew 3338 and the leftovers from a t-shirt I had made last winter.  The fabric is a heavy cotton jersey knit purchased from  There was barely enough and because of that, I wasn’t able to optimize the print placement.  But, I was able to squeeze the pattern pieces onto it - good enough for this round…
Before sewing this t-shirt, I had been experimenting with binding straight pieces of fabric.  I was concerned that the neckline curve would be problematic.  However, it fed through perfectly.
I used serger thread as I'm too lazy to wind bobbins.  Still, the stitching on my other t-shirts now looks sad in comparison. At 3 a.m., I found myself pulling them off their hangers. I stopped when I realized I would have nothing to wear if I tossed them. I went back to bed.

There has been other sewing related progress in addition to my coverstitch binder education. My sewing patterns are now organized. I scanned the envelopes (front and back) as two page PDF files, grouped them into folders by category, and then placed them into another folder (Tammy’s Pattern Catalog). Now, when I want to look through my patterns, I simply open a category folder and the thumbnails are there. Easy. I took inspiration from “The Big 4” pattern company websites. The patterns themselves are filed in a filing cabinet, alphabetized by pattern company and then by number.

Next up: the Silhouttes pants.


  1. That neckline looks amazing - worth the perserverance. I cannot believe you are so organised with my patterns. I have a job for you at my house!

  2. Congratulations on getting the hang of the binder - your t-shirt looks very professional and I love that pretty fabric!