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From: wifetod
Date: 02-04-2004, 04:57 PM (1 of 5)
Iusually don't have trouble with this aspect of sewing. I have a pattern for jogging pants that the front and back are together in one piece. The layout is double thickness with a cross wise fold. Then in the special instructions is says
"3. Mark small arrows along both selvages indicating direction of nap or design. fold fabric crosswise with Right sides together, and cut along fold.

4. Turn one fabric layer around so arrows on both layers go in the same direction. Place Right sides together.

Ok, I have it laying on the floor, 2 1/2 yards of stretch velour in the lenghtwise fold yet. I am not following how I am suppose to mark this so I know how to do this when I fold it crosswise to cut this. Once I can get this figured out, then I am good to go.

I am really a green horn here and I am doing so good with the projects I am completing and could never have done what I have so far without all the help I have gotten on the sewing websites I go to.

For those of you who have been helping me, last night when I finished the stretch velour top after the double needle lesson yesterday. My husband told me he doesn't see clothes that looks this nice in the stores. I am really nailing down what I am learning but it is taking some time to understand this all. So thank-you and you should pat yourselves on the back for the good job you are doing in explaining answers to my questions.

And a funny FYI, the last time I had any formal sewing class was in Jr. High and I hated it. The teacher was an old grouch and it was a nightmare.

Thank-you again,
User: wifetod
Member since: 01-19-2004
Total posts: 149
From: stitchmd
Date: 02-04-2004, 05:41 PM (2 of 5)
This is an overly complicated way of saying cut across your fabric to make two pieces. Each will be half the length of the original piece. Now you have to rotate one piece so the nap is going in the same direction on both pieces. I guess they want you to mark it so you don't get confused about which way each piece is facing. Put right sides together, rub your hand along each side to make sure the naps run up and down the same. They will feel smoothe in one direction and rough in the other. Since pictures or demonstrations are easier to understand take another look at the layout drawing to see if this helps make more sense.

A less confusing way to do this would be to mark where half the length is, cut across and just flip the piece over so the right sides are facing. No need to rotate because without folding the nap stays in one direction.
User: stitchmd
Member since: 02-25-2003
Total posts: 226
From: MaryW
Date: 02-04-2004, 07:04 PM (3 of 5)
Good grief, do they have to do that. It makes me so mad, sometimes these directions are in greek, I swear. Can they make it anymore difficult for someone not totally familiar with sewing language.
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User: MaryW
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-04-2004, 08:47 PM (4 of 5)
I always make those little arrows when I'm using a fabric with nap. Works for me.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: MarysRose
Date: 02-22-2004, 10:39 PM (5 of 5)
Um, I've been sewing for about 30 years and after reading the post and all the responses, I still don't know what they want you to do!

I guess it's a "you had to be there" things LOL

User: MarysRose
Member since: 06-19-2003
Total posts: 37
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