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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Pleating Image 8Our ancestors did not hold back with embellishment! Let's strengthen our own core fabric manipulation skills to match theirs.

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sewtimely  
Yardage   On this note, I did a mathy-math how to on calculating ruffle yardage in to fabric yardage. It works for pleats too, if you know your inches to pleats measurement. Nothing like know what you need with confidence for pleat work. No skimpy ruffles due to lack of fabric this way!

http://sewtimely.blogspot.com/2016/04/calculating-ruffle-yardage.html
 
 
Lisha_Vidler  
  In the upcoming articles, I'll provide how much length you need for each type of embellishment (gathering, pleats, ruching, puffing, etc.), such as 3 times or 5 times your finished length, but the actual fabric yardage you need will vary depending on how wide your embellishments are. (A 9" wide ruffle should require three times as much fabric as a 3" wide ruffle, for example.) I'm mathematically challenged, so calculating yardage is difficult for me, but hopefully your method will help our readers! Thanks for providing the link.  
 
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4413se  
  This is very basic sewing , these instructions can be find everywhere on the web. I hope that this topic is the only one for this subject. I am not interested to pay for this kind of informations. I saw that you prepare upcoming articles , please provide more interesting subject. Just go on Pinterest and have the same ( and much more ) for free.  
 
Lisha_Vidler  
  This particular article serves as the foundation for more advanced embellishing techniques, which will be taught in subsequent articles. Not everyone is familiar with the basic skills necessary for good costuming, after all.  
 
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cathyhay  
  I'm sorry to hear that this article did not meet your needs. Please be aware that our readers have a wide range of experience levels. Some articles will be useful to an individual reader, others will not, and what is interesting to whom will vary.

In the past we have received numerous requests to slow down sometimes and offer some reliable beginner articles to combat the information of widely varying accuracy that "can be find everywhere on the web". Articles like this are our response to these requests from our other paying readers.
 
 
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debrah  
  I keep a jelly roll on hand to do my trial runs of ruffles and pleats to check my machine settings for cotton projects.
I'm looking forward to the next article!
 
 
Lisha_Vidler  
  Glad you're enjoying the article!

Aren't jelly rolls expensive, though? Or do you make your own? (I don't quilt much, except for crazy-quilting, so I don't know much about jelly rolls.) I usually use scraps of muslin leftover from mockups, but having pre-cut strips would be convenient!
 
 
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debrah  
  It's true they aren't super cheap. I've been doing jelly roll quilts so I have extra on hand to use as a border.  
Last edited on 23.05.2016 02:13 by Debrah Hensley-The
 

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