When I bought my cashmere wool in Mood, New York there were two rolls of seemingly identical fabric – but one was in a much cheaper price range. I congratulated myself on my cleverness in spotting the cheaper roll and ordered fabric accordingly.
Ahem. Now I think I know why it was cheaper!
There are a few flaws in the wool. Nothing major, but they’re there. Thankfully, the ever-reliable Sewaholic recently blogged about finding flaws in coating. Her post prevented me from snipping the snags off, but I couldn’t use her needle method of pulling the snags through to the wrong side of the fabric. They were just too fluffy and short to thread.
I decided to use a more unconventional method. I picked up a knitting needle!
Yeah, I kinda just poked the snag through the weave of the coating to the wrong side and hoped for the best. It worked! But if you are going to do the same I advise:
- Use the finest knitting needle you own.
- Test this method on a spare scrap of fabric first!
I’ve been sewing the coat lining . My recently purchased super-fine pins have been a godsend:
These stop your finer fabrics from being permanently marked with pin pricks. I bought these pins from Ray Stitch. Their supplies are excellent. I am now on a personal mission to request something from them that they don’t stock. ‘Aha! So you don’t have a gold plated zipper-dipper-knicker foot? Well, shame on you!’
One last tip. Maybe I’m just slow on the uptake, but I only recently learnt the trick of putting my thread snipper on a length of velvet, to wear around my neck when working. I now never have to scramble around for scissors whenever I want to snip a thread.
Alright, so there you are – lots of tips. Can someone help me now? My boyfriend keeps doing this to his work shirts:
It’s getting beyond ridiculous. These are not cheap shirts, yet he keeps tearing them. His sister’s told him he has fat elbows, but there must be another reason this keeps happening. It’s costing a fortune! Any ideas how to prevent this or what’s causing it to happen?