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From: siwian
Date: 11-28-2003, 11:38 AM (1 of 5)
I hope someone can help me. I am making a long sleeved "coat" and sleeveless dress for my youngest. She picked out the material and did a very good job of matching the colors. My problem is: the coat fabric is sheer and shreds easily. I used French seams on the straight seams but am not sure how to put in the sleeves. Any advice would be welcome.


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From: MaryW
Date: 11-28-2003, 12:27 PM (2 of 5)
I used to put french seams in around sleeves as well, but it is a bit bulky. Maybe a flat fell seam would work.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-29-2003, 09:15 AM (3 of 5)
I also use French or flat fell seams at the sleeves.
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From: siwian
Date: 11-30-2003, 09:05 AM (4 of 5)
Thanks for the help. I wasn't sure if French seams would work around the curve or not. I'll try them.

Thanks for your quick replies.

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From: MartySews
Date: 12-01-2003, 10:17 AM (5 of 5)
If you have a serger, serge the edges before stitching. I did 5 dresses and several skirts with chiffon overlays and this worked very well. Happy Stitching! Marty:cool:
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