Category Archives: Questions

What’s Your Sewing Identity?

Sew, here’s a simple question for you in preparation for the new sewing year for the Guild (or your own efforts).

If you had to describe your sewing in a minute long elevator ride, how would you do it? The minute long “elevator pitch” is a common summary style concept used in everything from sales to business to military briefings, among other situations. It can be prepared, but really, to be true to stepping into an elevator for a short ride and having someone ask you about it, give an off the cuff answer.

Then, after you answer that, ask yourself so will you be changing up anything this year?

I guess if I’m going to be asking that of you, I should provide an answer myself.

I sew a wide variety of garments for men and women that are eye catching from across the street or further away, for reasons of style, design, colours, symbolism and/or other features. I prefer solids and high contrast, three colour combinations over prints and patterns, though I am fond of jacquard and textured fabrics when I can find the right features on them. I serge just about everything for durability and quality, and have as much practicality in my designs as flash. If I’m wearing something I made, or showing off something I made for someone else, doesn’t make me feel proud, I either don’t start it or donate it rather than keep it.

I wouldn’t change anything, only expand my portfolio and repertoire.

And you?

Please leave your answers in a comment, or at least think about the question for your sewing this year. It’s good to just stop and get a self-analytical overview from time to time.

Can Dark Denim Be Coupled with Light Fabric in a Garment?

I got some ridiculously cheap stretch denim today. It’s the usual dark navy colour that will run more than some formerly great rivers are today. But like those rivers, it won’t run forever, though it may take a rather long time before it runs only to a negligible amount.

I’ve been told I can wash it to death in hot water, then soak in cold with vinegar, and also with salt, to help set in the remaining colours after that.

But would it ever be set enough that I can sew it with a white denim in a garment?

What about other light fabrics that might resist the denim’s colour running? There must be some that isn’t the waterproof rainwear stuff. Even if it’s a heavy polyester.

And what about white embroidery on denim? Would those threads get stained?

I basically don’t want a dark denim garment, and want to contrast it with something light. What are my options?

Which Threads Get Used Most and Least on a Serger?

I use a serger on which I switch threads, usually for colour, far more often than I like. I’ve never kept track of which spool I put where but have finally noticed some are thinner than others on how much thread remains on them. I mostly do just the general 4 thread serging with upper and lower loopers, then left and right needles.

I don’t think the threads feed through at the same rate, seeing how some threads criss-cross on a serged seam, and some just go straight. Can someone please tell me which threads get used the most, down to which the least, on a serger? I’m going to start rotating thick and thin spools every time I need to change threads so I can go through spools more evenly.

Thank you.