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Old March 18th 17, 08:11 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
Brian Christiansen
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I ordered the wonder clips, and Amazon's estimate is that it will arrive
between the 19th and the 29th, but other orders from Amazon have gotten
to me faster than their estimate.

I think my first project when I get them will be to finish the pants I
talked about. The inseams are made with "regular" seams, and I am
pondering frog-stitching them and remaking them as French seams.

I am still thinking about whether to use elastic or a drawstring. The
drawstring would be cheaper, the reason is that whenever I buy shoes,
the laces are about 2ft (60cm) too long, so I also buy a pair of laces
that is only 3ft (1m) long, and replace the 5ft (~1.7m, I know the
length because I measured them once), so I have several pieces of
cording (shoelaces actually, but would they be cording after I repurpose

I also have thought about it, and I think the qigong (which as far as I
can tell is very much like tai chi) school that makes their students
make their uniforms by hand is employing very specious reasoning.

Sewing machines were developed for several reasons, and I think most of
those reasons can be summed up in that it is much more practical to make
garments by machine than by hand.

Seams made on a sewing machine are stronger than seams made by hand, so
I think a garment with the seams sewn by hand as opposed to machine is
actually of lower quality.

Unless the person doing the hand sewing is fairly experienced, the
stitches made by machine are better looking. I know that in my case,
machine stitching looks better and I think I am a bit more experienced
in hand-stitching than the general public (I avoid it as much as
possible, so I dont get much practice).

For some aspects of garment-making, such as finishing fancy lapels on a
suit or making cuffs on pants, hand sewing is necessary, but those are
only really needed if you are making suits or something like that.

For other types of stictchery, such as embroidery, hand stitching is
perhaps better, but for garment construction, machine stitching is more

As for patience, patience is a virtue in some things, but in garment
construction it is not. Garment construction needs to be done in the
fastest and most practical way possible so you can move on to whatever
you made the garment for, tai chi or whatever.

I am working on a new cartoon for my 4-panel comic, but have not
finished or posted it yet.

My Yonkoma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian0...57680223526176

The E-mail associated with the account is a "spamcatcher" account that I
got to every couple of months to empty out, and anything sent to it will
not be seen for probably several months, if it is seen at all.
Brian Christiansen
Old March 20th 17, 02:54 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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Hello Brian,
I vote for the french seam on your pants and think elastic would be better than draw strings. Just my thoughts.
Old March 20th 17, 08:25 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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Hello Brian,
I vote for the french seam on your pants and think elastic would be
better than draw strings. Just my thoughts.

I agree with Sandy!
Barbara in FL

Old March 22nd 17, 12:43 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:25:59 PM UTC-4, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
wrote in message

Hello Brian,
I vote for the french seam on your pants and think elastic would be
better than draw strings. Just my thoughts.

I agree with Sandy!
Barbara in FL

Agree on the french seams, though with the weight of the fabric I would do them inside out, press them over, and stitch them down to make fake flat fells. Does not rub so on the skin that way.
I think drawstrings rather than elastic.
I have a rule about trying to use fasteners that will equal the durability of the garment, or at least be easy to replace at need. Thus I would not go to elastic as a first choice with fabric this heavy. Unless you go the thread and pray route it would be the devil to sew in properly, and worse to replace. Especially if you use a weight of elastic to match the fabric. That heavy duty stuff can be a right bear to work with.


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