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From: pookie
Date: 05-07-2007, 12:30 PM (1 of 7)
Is anyone else afraid of sewing sleeves. There are so many cute shirts I wanna make and have patterns and fabric for but the sleeves are so scarry..

anyone else have sleeve phobia and how did you get over it..
User: pookie
Member since: 05-07-2007
Total posts: 41
From: DorothyL
Date: 05-07-2007, 12:44 PM (2 of 7)
Everyone has that phobia at first. You get over it by doing it.
There are lots of little tricks you learn but sleeves can be a challenge.
The worst mistake you can make is not to try them.
You'll do fine, give it a try.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Pudge99
Date: 05-07-2007, 12:50 PM (3 of 7)
I was so afraid of them back in highschool that I actually opted for a sleeveless/strapless gown. I got over my fear when I started sewing for my kids. Those puffy shoulder ones for little girls are really quite easy. I learned all I need to know about sleeves from Kwik Sew. Since you have kids you might want to invest in a couple of those books.
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: pookie
Date: 05-07-2007, 02:12 PM (4 of 7)
thanks for the advice. I will look into Kwik Sew. I love puffy and bell sleeves, they are so so pretty.
User: pookie
Member since: 05-07-2007
Total posts: 41
From: mommydionne
Date: 05-07-2007, 04:43 PM (5 of 7)
puffy sleeves are actually the best to start with and make sure you mark your notches well so you don't put one on backwards:re:
Personally for "regular" sleeve caps I like to put the sleeve in Flat not to set it in unless it is a jacket (ie something you can steam into shape)
there is a good thread somewhere here about sleeves.
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 05-07-2007, 09:44 PM (6 of 7)
Each time you do it you find a new trick that makes it easier. Keep trying
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: EmaCon
Date: 05-08-2007, 03:12 AM (7 of 7)
Make sure you mark everything carefully. Know what's front, what's back, where the gathering marks are and where the top of the sleeve is in order to align it with the shoulder seam.

I like to do the gathering more tightly than necessary and then stretch it out gently and evenly to fit the arm hole.

Try a sample sleeve put in "flat" (before the bodice side seam and sleeve underarm seam are sewn) and one put in "round" where the side seam and underarm seams are already sewn.

Take your time and practice.
User: EmaCon
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 67
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