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Thread: OH the Culture Shock

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    OH the Culture Shock

    I didn't QUILT today. I tried sewing. You know; clothes! a dress! Do you think I could sew a 5/8 th seam????
    I'm so programmed to the scant 1/4 inch my seam lines kept drifting. I started DRAWING the seam line on my cloth.
    GEEEEEESH!
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    Hang in there. It will come back to you. I used to be able to do the 5/8 th seam with no trouble. Bet I would have to reteach myself now, but it would come back. Drawing a seam line sounds like a good idea, actually...

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    I haven't sewn a 5/8" seam in such a long time that I would have to put a strip of blue painters tape on the 5/8" line on my machine to remind me to sew a 5/8" seam. I know exactly how you feel.

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    I had the same experience when I tried a 5/8 .... I used to just stick the fabric under the needle .. and could sew a 5/8 inch..... now after so many 1/4 inch... I had to put tape down to re- train my brain... And it still seemed like a huge seam.

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    Who says you HAVE to use 5/6" seams?
    Revolt!!!!!!!!
    And make it a quilty dress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Who says you HAVE to use 5/6" seams?
    Revolt!!!!!!!!
    Well, the pattern for one...
    I suppose I could redraw all the seam allowances and then cut a smaller one, but that is a lot of effort.

    Quarter inch seams aren't really good for garment sewing. They are more likely to fray with the stress of wearing a garment. Unless you are using a serger, in which case that is usually the seam allowance, but my serger is more like 3/8, so it is kind of a pain when you want a quarter.

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    I bet that seam allowance looks huge! When I went from garment sewing to quilting I had a hard time getting used to a 1/4" seam.

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    LOL I had the same problem yesterday making a slipcover. Automatic 1/4 inch seams. When I realized what I was doing I just continued, turned the cover and made french seams. Will hold up better!

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    Kwik Sew uses 1/4" for knits, and even some wovens. 1/2" seams drive me NUTS!!

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    I recently made a very complicated dress as requested by a GD. I didn't have any problem - I think because I switched machines. The Elna does apparel and home dec, the 301 pieces and quilts. Otherwise, I could see it being an issue.

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    When we work so hard to train our brain to do those 1/4 seams, I guess it would be hard to switch to the good old 5/8" one.

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    Old habits are hard to break!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Can one get a 5/8" seam foot?
    Sure would be handy at times like this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ View Post
    I bet that seam allowance looks huge! When I went from garment sewing to quilting I had a hard time getting used to a 1/4" seam.
    Me too - all I could think about was the fabric waste before.
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    I can so relate!

    Does your machine have those lines by the feed dogs that indicate seam width? If so, they are quite helpful.

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    So glad I'm not alone! After quilting, the 5/8" seam looks like such a waste of fabric. We'll get it right--it just takes time.

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    When I go from 1/4" back to 5/8" I have to measure the seam as it always look so big. LOL
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    Most of the garment sewing I do, I initially stitch WRONG sides together with a 1/4" seam, turn it to right sides together and do a 3/8"-1/2" seam enclosing the cut edge (French seam).

    I started doing this on kids clothes years ago for the added umph to the seam and now I like it because it takes care of any raveling/fraying as well since much of my garment sewing is on fabrics that ravel like crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    Most of the garment sewing I do, I initially stitch WRONG sides together with a 1/4" seam, turn it to right sides together and do a 3/8"-1/2" seam enclosing the cut edge (French seam).

    I started doing this on kids clothes years ago for the added umph to the seam and now I like it because it takes care of any raveling/fraying as well since much of my garment sewing is on fabrics that ravel like crazy.
    And it looks so tidy!
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    It works well when you can't convince yourself you made the seam the right size. My sil is blind and has to listen to me beller when i switch to GDS dresses.. To funny.. French seams also..Makes me look better Ha

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