Not much progress, but some success…
Apologies for leaving you hanging after the last post. I have used my new Emerald 183 only 3 times for 3 lines of stitching only so far. I know you’re sitting there in disbelief, but honestly, I have been stuck on a certain part of my top for awhile now. The single fold bias tape was kicking my butt. Actually, I was all ready to quit on sewing altogether after 2 hours of struggling to get the elastic through the bias tape casing unsuccessfully. Seriously.
But PatternReview came to my rescue yet again! I love this site. I always get fast answers to my questions, no one is ever condescending about my dumb questions, and there are tons of pattern reviews to look up and be inspired by.
So to catch you up: I had cut out the pattern and muslin weeks ago. I had to run out to buy the elastic and single fold bias tape. Then in trying to attach the bias tape to the neckline to create the casing for the elastic, my Singer 5160 failed me in a very dramatic way. The hunt for a new machine was on. This past weekend, I bought my new machine, the shiny Emerald 183, and returned to the single fold bias tape. I sewed one side on with no problems. I sewed the other side of the tape no problems. My new Emerald 183 is great! That took all of 10 minutes at the most. The next two long and frustrating hours were spent trying to get 1/4 inch elastic through a less than 1/4 inch bias tape opening. I tried sewing the elastic to a sewing needle to feed it through; it kept escaping the needle. I tried a large safety pin; too big. I tried a small safety pin which worked until about 2 inches from the end when it broke inside the casing; too flimsy. I couldn’t get it any farther and I couldn’t remove it. It took me two hours to do absolutely nothing! I was not a happy camper. It was day two of owning my Emerald 183 and I was only able to use it on two lines of stitching. That’s it!
I posted my woes on PatternReview and had a workaround within hours. One of my rescuers said: “You can *Not* fold under the second edge of the bias tape, leaving a raw edge (since bias doesn’t ravel, you can do this without anything more than a slightly messy inside of your garment that no one else will care about), and this will give you extra room through which to thread the elastic.”
I tried that last night. I unpicked one of the seams of the bias tape, opened up the fold and stitched it down unfolded to the wrong side of the muslin. When I was done, I threaded the elastic into a tapestry needle and had that neck band elasticized in about 3 minutes. OMG was that easy!!! Of course my muslin is a little beat up now. Too beat up in fact to use. I am actually considering ditching the muslin and going straight to my fashion fabric. Am I crazy? Should I stay with making up the muslin first? I really want to finish this top this week to participate in the sewalong. Am I being too impatient? Let’s ooh and aah over the pretty fabric again, shall we?
Ugh. I can’t decide. I think I’ll make a game time decision tonight when I get home and get cracking, I mean, sewing.
I’m so excited again. I don’t know why I became so discouraged right away. I just have to ask the gods at PatternReview and I receive. It’s awesome!!!
Till next time, happy sewing everyone!