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From: rbowles01
Date: 03-25-2006, 09:04 AM (1 of 6)
I am totally baffled I am trying to relearn what I learned in school. I learned the basics in Junior High School on sewing and I had not used them sinse. I bought my self a sewing machine. And some Simplicity Easy to Sew Patterns. the one Pattern I purchased is sleep pants I am making the largest size on the pattern. And the picture that you use to lay out the pattern shows pants front to be on the material folded and it shows how to put it and where. then it shows the Pants Back, Yoke Front & Back, and Pockets, to be placed on single thickness. And how to lay it out. I under stand that I use the back piece of the pattern 2 times on the material. It is laid out with pants back laid out 2 times on the material one of the pants back is in grey. which I assume is to be placed on the material after I cut out the yokes and the other part of pants back. My question. The material comes home folded from the store. Which part do I lay out first the single thickness pieces or the one with the folded material. or does it matter. I have been told to lay out the single thickness stuff sinse it has more pieces to cut out of the material. and the folded part of material only has the Pants Front piece to be cut out. Can some one help me. I am trying to make Simplicity pattern 4330 which is suppose to be an easy to sew pattern. I know I am making it difficult because I can not remember how to lay out the pattern or which part to do first. Sinse it has been so long. And I really want to learn how to sew so I can make me some dresses. Any help would be appreciated and if you want to email me personally my email address is <email address removed for privacy>
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-25-2006, 01:33 PM (2 of 6)
Call me a Nervous Nellie in a situation like yours, but I always sorta lay the pieces on the fabric to make sure I have enough, before I start to cut.. Then I lay the fold pieces on first and cut them. Then I open the fabric out and cut the rest.. I always have enough fabric, so I don't know where that extra caution comes from.. Unless I heard a scare story from someone... LOL..
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From: paroper
Date: 03-26-2006, 01:52 PM (3 of 6)
Don't be nervous! If you bought what they told you to buy you'll probably be just fine. The actual order doesn't really matter. I kind of like to cut the doubled fabric first but that is just preference. On some fabrics, folding and getting it on the straight of grain can be a it is just my preference.

The reason that one piece is white and one piece is gray is because the gray piece is turned over. If you are using something like flannel for this piece, it is VERY important that you turn it over, otherwise you will have two right sides...litterly. With fabrics that are either different on the back (color or feel), it is absolutely imperative that you turn your pattern pieces as shown. If they have you lay the pattern pieces first on one type of fold or the other it is because the pieces may be different; you may have a right front and a left front, the open pattern piece is too wide for the folded fabric, they are having you fit the pieces very tight on your fabric OR there are pieces that require only one piece of fabric instead of two, like a belt, collar, etc.

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From: swartzrn
Date: 03-26-2006, 02:19 PM (4 of 6)
I am always paranoid about fabric too even if you have what the pattern calls for. I always lay out mine first as well and like Libby said, put the pieces that go on the fold first. Then you can reposition if you need to and go from there. I am such a cheapie as well, I try to salvage as much material for other things as I can. I try to cut to where I have some left over. You never know what projects you can use left over material with.
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
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From: bunzino
Date: 03-26-2006, 04:27 PM (5 of 6)
The easiest thing to do is lay out your fabric folded just enough for that pattern piece. Let's say the fold is closest to you. Measure for straight grain from fold to selvedge of that one piece. Pin or weight the pattern piece.

Then, you have a single thickness of fabric continuing away from you where you can lay out all the other pattern pieces of which you only need one. There may also be some extra of the folded fabric to use, too.

Gee, I hope it's clear what I'm trying to say :-)

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From: paroper
Date: 03-26-2006, 04:29 PM (6 of 6)
My rule of thumb is to always lay the biggest pieces first. The small pieces can often be worked into places along the way. If you follow your cutting guide, you should be just fine.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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