Sewing Basics

For all of my embroidered projects I start with a base of fabric. This can be a whole cloth, strip-pieced, or crazy-pieced base. Here are a few tips that I use when I work.

Well, that just makes sense!

  • I pre-wash all my fabrics so that the chemicals and accumulated dust are removed.
  • If vintage laces or handkerchiefs need to be cleaned, use a mild hand soap and water: dry flat on a towel and lightly press, if needed.
  • When working with any stabilizer, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Use Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to keep fabric in place while pinning and stitching.
  • Use a glue stick to temporarily keep lace, ribbons and trims in place while stitching.
  • Serge or zigzag the outer raw edges of the fabric base to prevent fraying while you are work the stitches.
  • Use Fray Check to help keep lace, ribbons, and trims from fraying.
  • Trims, appliques, and buttons can be stitched to cover raw edges that are not caught in a seam.

Happy Stitching to you! ~Christen

PS: If you are looking for inspiration or ideas, check out my PDF Classes and books.

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