Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
6 hours continous use. Believe it or not, worn, burred, slightly bent needles are the major cause of problems in sewing machines and sergers.
|When making a garment out of plaid fabric, how much yardage do you need to add to the pattern yardage recommendation to allow for matching?||Pointed Questions on Sewing
at least one quarter of total added. Plaids are often uneven and can take up large amounts of fabric to achieve a look that is worth all your work.
pull a thread from selvedge to selvedge. Fabric can become incredibly twisted after being stored on bolts or rolls.
suppleness. A designer must learn to feel sizing and have an understanding of how a fabric will 'drape' or conform to its intended use.
crotch length. This measurement is taken from front waistline to back while the client is sitting and ease is added.
waxed thread. This pre-waxed thread makes hand-work a breeze.
|Which expression is said to be derived from the amount of fabric was needed to make the most fancy coat for a man of fashion?||Pointed Questions on Sewing
the whole nine yards. In England of the early 1700s the upper classes went to great excess and nine yards of single-fold fabric is approximately the amount of fabric needed for a good three-piece suit, so the explanation bears some merit.
clip the selvedges. Selvedges are tightly woven and should be clipped to be sure the fabric lies flat and naturally for cutting.
Distance from your nose to your fingertips. This measurement was established in England long before the metric system.
Try to set it on fire. Burned silk smells just like burned hair.
44 inches. Originally quilts were made from scraps or recycled fabrics. Today fabrics are milled especially for quilting to minimize waste.
five-eighths of an inch. Patterns were developed in Europe and still hold to the convention of the metric system. 1.5cm equals five-eighths inch. (1" = 2.54cm)
all of these (beads, porcupine quills, sinew). Porcupine quills were used in woven decorations.
White. Go to any fabric center and see for yourself!
Yes. I use it a lot; you should try it some time.
|Most sewing machine needles (for normal machines) should be replaced after what time?||Sewing and You
after 5-10 hours of use. Some high performance machines such as Bernina recommend changing after every one to two hours of continuous use however.
All of them! (Only the colors of the rainbow, Red, yellow and blue, The icky colors that nobody likes). Yes, even the icky colors have a place in the sewing world.
Netting has bigger holes than tulle. Both netting and tulle come in roughly the same widths; they are usually the same price per yard, and both are made from nylon.
Batting. Warm and Natural comes in two colors: natural and white!
Nature's Natural. That would be cool to have an organic thread... I would call it "Nature's Natural". In other words, Nature's Natural is a made- up name.
One roll of fabric cut to a specified width. There are many bolts in a fabric store!
|If you do not have a serger or an overlock machine, what kind of stitch would create the same effect needed?||Sewing and You
Zig-zag. If you just look at the stitch an overlock machine makes and a zig-zag stich from a regular machine, they look very similar.
12. 12x3=36. 36 inches in a yard!
|What type of material tends not to wash well in any temperature?||Sewing and You
Acetate. Acetate tends to discolor when it gets water on it.
|What is the normal width of a 100 percent cotton calico?||Sewing and You
45". There are many calicos that are also 44" and 43", but 45" is the most popular.
|When you make a mistake in sewing, what essential tool might you need?||Sewing Basics
Seam ripper. I use mine more frequently than I like to admit! I've also been known to gouge my thumb with it accidentally when I'm especially frustrated. A serger is a special type of sewing machine that finishes off a seam, among other things. A sewing gauge is a small ruler with a guide for exact measurements in sewing. And I hope you know what a pincushion is!
|What is the most common way to put together your fabric pieces when sewing seams?||Sewing Basics
Right sides together. If you picked "it doesn't really matter," you might want to take up a new hobby! You want the right sides together so that the seam is on the inside of the garment.
|Will a bias-cut pattern require more fabric than one cut on the grain of the fabric?||Sewing Basics
Yes. When a pattern is cut on the bias (basically at a 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric, you end up with a lot more wasted fabric. But it can result in garments that hang beautifully, especially skirts.
|One way to finish a seam and keep the fabric from raveling is to trim them with what special type of shears?||Sewing Basics
Pinking. Unfortunately, my pinking shears are in desperate need of sharpening, so this is not a method I often use. The others are all brand names of companies which make sewing shears.
|If someone uses your good, sharp sewing scissors to cut something other than fabric, what can you cut to give them back at least a little of their edge?||Sewing Basics
Sandpaper. Cutting sandpaper won't hurt your scissors; it will actually sharpen them. Of course, if they're really dull, it's best to have them professionally sharpened.
|On a sewing machine, what do you call the part which holds the fabric in place?||Sewing Basics
Presser foot. There are actually many different kinds of presser feet you can use for different types of sewing.