Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Are you a baster?
Not a turkey baster! Are you a person who during garment construction, hand bastes pieces before that final stitching?
I never used to be. A step I find myself doing more and more. I know, I hear so many of you saying, "I don't have time!" No so, because it takes me longer to pick it back out than to baste.
I timed it, it took FOUR minutes to baste this collar on. I marked the basting stitches with blue marker since it is tough to see the white on white. Not tiny stitches. It would take three times that much time to rip it back out, if I wasn't happy with it.
The reason I basted it is because on this little jacket, the high contrast binding is going to call attention to that closure at the neck. If there is a big ol' gap there, there will be no hiding it. When you pin, pin, pin, it distortes the seam line. Also I tend to bust needles way to often when hitting the pins. Thirdly, the presser foot pushes the fabric as it goes through the machine. No way around it. If I baste or glue it (as I do piping), it is not going to move on me under the foot. As it is, on the collar above, I ended up taking out part of the basting too. It makes no difference if my collars meet at the raw edge. No one is going to see that. They didn't meet at the SEAMLINE. So pay close attention to where your seamline will be, that is where you want them to meet.
Here is this dress on our star model.