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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 06-28-2006, 03:03 PM (1 of 8)
Hi again,

Well, I got as far as sewing the outside layer of the bodice together, and the darn thing does not fit. I could not figure out what exactly was wrong with it -- it just looked dumpy. So, yesterday we made a duct tape dressform. I must have been slouching, because the stomach is too big! I can get my bodice on there, but I can't pin in down to the bottom! Anyway, it did help me see that the problem is that the curve of the bust continues too low -- it needs to curve in under the bust a little higher. Also, the lining seems to fit ok, but the outer layer is just a touch too big all over. I don't know how you guys handle alterations -- I am going crazy ripping out seams! Maybe it's not so bad when it's some machine's work you are ripping out instead of your own? Anyway, I have a lot of respect for you more experienced seamstresses out there! Just wanted to vent a little...I am hopeful that this will fix the problem, but if not it might be time to seek professional help. Thanks for listening. :smile: - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: sewinglady4u
Date: 06-28-2006, 09:05 PM (2 of 8)
Hi there. Yes, I know what ya mean when you say you're going crazy ripping out seams. I did it for years till I started working in a tailor shop. That's when I was introduced to the single edged razor blade. I wasn't too thrilled with the thought of using it at first, but let me tell you, it has changed my life for the better. I won't use anything else to rip seams out. It does take a bit of practice to get good at it, but once you catch on, you'll never go back to the seam ripper except for some tedious spots. Good luck with that bodice! We're all rooting for ya.
User: sewinglady4u
Member since: 10-07-2005
Total posts: 18
From: MaryW
Date: 06-29-2006, 01:14 PM (3 of 8)
Hi sewinglady and welcome to Sew Whats New. :smile:

Where can I find these blades? I would like to try one.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-29-2006, 09:33 PM (4 of 8)
They're very inexpensive, and you can find them in the utility section of some grocery stores, or definitely the hardware store. Some people use them instead of a paint scraper if paint gets on a window.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 06-29-2006, 10:32 PM (5 of 8)
Sounds like something I may have to try, although probably not on my wedding dress the first time!! :bg: Anyway, things are going much better today -- I took it in about 1/8 inch in the princess seams, and a little bit more under the bust. It seems to fit. We'll see what happens when I sew it together with the lining! Wish me luck! - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: Chrysantha
Date: 06-30-2006, 09:56 PM (6 of 8)
WE love our single edge razor blades...we use them on car tags (millitary that go on the windshield and have to be changed every couple of yrs..)
Scrapes burned on stuff OFF the smooth topped stove I have....
They open boxes...
Once you get a few, you get hooked on using them...
They have a plastic holder that keeps the fingers from getting nicked...
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: sewinglady4u
Date: 06-30-2006, 10:47 PM (7 of 8)
Hi again, yes they are inexpensive, and can be found in boxes of 100 in the hardware section of K-Mart or Wal-mart which would be 2 of the least expensive places to get them. 100 sounds like a lot, but they go dull fairly quickly depending on how often you use one.

User: sewinglady4u
Member since: 10-07-2005
Total posts: 18
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-01-2006, 05:59 PM (8 of 8)
I have a paint scraper that uses single edge razor blades.. So much quicker to scrape the paint rather than apply all that masking tape before painting.. And that way I insure that my windows do get washed once in a while.. LOL.
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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