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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-01-2007, 08:34 AM (1 of 7)
I'm trying to sew a fairly tight curve under an armhole and it keeps puckering. The fabric is a lightweight cotton blend (woven) of some kind. It's only a tiny bit when you look at the seam as sewn but gets a lot worse when you try the top on. I'm sewing in the right direction so I know that's not the problem.

I'm thinking it might be the stitch length - should I go shorter on the inside of a curve?

I haven't yet trimmed the seam as I'm not happy with it. How much (if any) will this help? I don't want to clip it and find out too late that it's not helping.

Any other ideas?
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-01-2007, 08:41 AM (2 of 7)
The first thing I thought was seam length but I thought lengthen it.
Did you stay stitch?
If you clip to the stay stitching before you do the seam it helps you to pull the curve straight so there is less on the curve to sew.
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From: sewmuchfun
Date: 05-01-2007, 01:27 PM (3 of 7)
first of all you need to clip the inside curve of a sleeve or it will definitely pucker. I would sew the seam with a slightly longer stitch making sure you don't pull the fabric as your going around the curve which is a tendency to do. Then make sure you do another row of stitching right next to the seam stitching on the seam side then trim the seams next to that stitching...

Hope this make sense.



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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-01-2007, 05:35 PM (4 of 7)
Pauline are you setting in sleeves or are you just doing an armhole facing, etc.?

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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-01-2007, 06:06 PM (5 of 7)
It's a wrap top and the sleeves are part of the back and front. I've cut it just a touch too small so it's been giving me a few problems - nothing major if I could just learn to read!

What I've been making is a muslin - but I wanted to iron out any fitting bugs (of which there are also some - different story) and like it better than I thought I would so I'm hoping to be able to wear it as well.
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From: paroper
Date: 05-01-2007, 10:12 PM (6 of 7)
You will definately need to trim the seams and clip the curves. I too would lengthen the stitch and I would be sure that with the cotton version I would use a SHARP not a universal needle.

I you turn around and make it in knit, you'll find that there are fewer problems.

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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-01-2007, 11:56 PM (7 of 7)
The pattern is intended for woven (it's not the one Lennie - and a few others - made) but ultimately I want to make it in a knit - which I seem to have a lot more luck with. I'll be sitting down with it a bit later on this afternoon so I'll try these ideas and let you all know how it goes.

Thanks for all the ideas.
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Total posts: 901
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