You Asked ~ SMF Tells!! April 21, 2014

Once again, Thank You for all the new emails and questions!  I appreciate so many of you taking the time to write and I’m more than happy to answer!

You Asked:
I own the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 and love it!  How do I edit the letter  and number stitching to make them larger?
SMF Tells:
The letter and number stitching is programmed into the machine at the size mentioned on my video part 5, The ABC’s and 123’s.  Unfortunately, the size can’t be edited any larger.
You Asked:
Why is it so hard for me to determine what size pattern I need to purchase to sew for myself?  I wear a size 14 in ready to wear, but if I try to use a size 14 pattern, it never works out for me?  What am I doing wrong?  Help, I’m always so disappointed.
SMF Tells:
The problem is that the pattern companies work with different measurements than RTW manufacturers work with.  To further complicate matters, each individual pattern company uses there own standards as well.  It makes it very difficult to determine your sizing.  Part 3 in my pattern fitting series, Selecting the Right Size Pattern, will help you determine your correct sizing by using your measurements.
You Asked:
I never seem to have luck when using fusible interfacing.  I ends up being lumpy and not smooth and makes the right side of my fabric looked “bubbled up”.
SMF Tells:
Make sure you’re following the manufacturers directions properly for each individual fusible as well as the correct suggests for your fabrication. Each company prints their directions on a piece of plastic rolled inside the bolt. Make sure to ask the cutting counter employee to include a complete section of the directions for you to read and follow.  It’s also important to not slide the iron as you press on your fusible interfacing. Pick the iron up between sections and press. Sliding the iron can stretch your fusible and as it bonds with the heat. Later after the fusible cools, it may shrink back taking your face fabric with it. This will create bubbles.  Also make sure your heat is set at the proper temperature for your fusible and fabrication.

Thanks again for all the kind support of my new blog feature!  Please keep all the great questions coming.

DISCLAIMER:  All of my advice is given as my own opinion from my professional experience as a Fashion Designer, Textile Drafter, and Production Pattern Maker.  Keep in mind that there’s more than one way to approach any sewing technique, sewing equipment, or construction process. 


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2 Responses to You Asked ~ SMF Tells!! April 21, 2014

  1. Julia Nyanyo says:

    Great answers, especially the one about iron on interfacing. I may have been known to slide the iron instead of picking up and pressing, this makes perfect sense. Thank you so much. I look forward to learning more next time.

  2. Hi Julia! Glad you learned something new and it made sense. Sometimes it's little things like this that can make a big difference. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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