was about recalling and remembering. The summer of my freshman year of high school, my homeroom teacher was Ms. Schack. Boy, was she the devil. Devil! She was as wrinkly as a prune and she could detect an untucked shirt from a mile away. Girls with skirts shorter than three inches above the knee didn’t dare to pass room 301 – there would be a detention waiting for them. As mean as she was, she was a smart woman. A Biology teacher, she told her students over and over that repetition was the key to remembering. Why waste time reading if it’s will go in one ear and out the other is what she preached to her choir. It’s such a simple concept but one I haven’t put into practice. During my lunch break, I scroll though my Bloglovin feed and check out the latest posts. But ask me later than day what I read and I probably forgot. But isn’t the reason why I am a sewing blogger and follow other blogs, especially ones related to sewing – so that I share and learn from other’s project, mistakes, and obstacles? This is exactly the reason I created the ‘sewing news’ section in my sidebar – it forces me to remember what I’ve read in the previous days/weeks. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t update it daily and that’s because I want to refer back to those posts more than once. Each time I click back to one of the articles, I read and learn something I didn’t see or know before. I know this might sound geeky, but before I got to bed each night, I’ve been jotting down what I have come across or what I learned that day. And it’s amazing how much I’ve retained! Just look at what I learned this week:
One: Fusing fabric to a second layer of the same fabric is an alternative to fusible interfacing. It reduces the amount of stretch (but doesn’t eliminate it) and it looks a lot prettier on the interior of the garment. The key to this is fusing similar fabrics to similar fabrics (i.e. tricot to tricot). Source: Beverly Johnson Bra Makers Manual.
Two: Contrary to popular belief, cutting paper with fabric scissors does not dull the blades. Source: Beverly Johnson Bra Makers Manual.
Three: Hole reinforcers can be used as an alternative to using tailor tacks. Source: Portia.
Four: Determine which way the nap will run before cutting velvet. Nap that runs up will be rough to the touch and darker in color while nap that runs down with be lighter and shinier. Also, nap that runs down will last longer because there is less abrasion. Source: More Fabric Savvy.
Five: Stretch velvet has great recovery and doesn’t shine at seat. It is also easy to care for because it can be machine washed and dried without affecting the nap. Source: More Fabric Savvy.