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Oh hello and a PSA

2012 August 9
by elizabeth_admin

Sorry!  I didn’t mean to take a break.  I have been very busy house hunting and taking the little boy who lives with me to camp every day.  And he also expects me to swim in the pool with him every afternoon.  That’s a lot of busy.

Speaking of swimming, my RTW swimsuit is way past overdue for a replacement.  The back is almost see through due to chlorine damage.  Thankfully the front is lined and doesn’t seem to be disintegrating at all.  Yet.  But this state of affairs really lit a fire under my butt to start sewing my first ever swimsuit.  I had heard it was relatively easy and the instructions seemed pretty self-explanatory.  But hooey! there is a huge learning curve with those elastics and fitting.  I promise pattern review with pictures (I can’t believe I’m going to post pictures of myself in a swimsuit on the internet) soon.  Hopefully tomorrow, but we’ll see if I have time.

But back to today…

Olfa Rotary Cutter (image from Hancock’s of Paducah)


As I was cutting out my swim suit fabric today, I was very frustrated by my rotary cutter.  It just wasn’t cutting like a hot knife through buttah.  For some odd reason, I really didn’t think it was that the blade was dull.  I dismissed that thought entirely.  But finally, when I was starting to butcher my pattern, I decided to change the blade anyway to see if it helped.  Well, I’m sure you can guess what happened next, right?  Yep.  My blade had become super dull.  As soon as I put on my new blade, I was back to cutting like a pro.

So folks, remember to keep your blades and your scissors fresh!  Nothing beats a sharp blade and the satisfaction of a clean cut (unless the cut is on your hand of course).

PS:  Interesting comments on my last post about the concept sewing machine.  Check them out!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. August 9, 2012

    I’d be interested to know the fiber content of that suit. My nylon RTW suits fell apart because of chlorine damage. But, my polyester ones lasted longer. I also swam far less in my polyester suit…. LOL. But, I think I read on swim boards that poly goes longer.

    Maybe I’ll just line the fronts next time too.

  2. birdmommy permalink
    August 9, 2012

    Dixie DIY is doing a swimsuit sew along. She seems to have a lot of helpful information.

  3. August 9, 2012

    Thanks for the rotary cutter tip! I have the same one at home.

  4. August 9, 2012

    It’s crazy what we are all willing to post in the name of sewing! LOL. Can’t wait to see how it went with your swimsuit. I’ve just had a not so good RTW shopping experience so I may be making my own suits in the non-distant future….

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