Quilting Edge Guide

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Simple help with bodice of simplicity pattern 4070?

Okay so its dress A, and just incase you don't no what pattern google it and you'll see. My problem is I'm not sure how to sew the front side panels onto the front panel. It's curved and it seems the only way to sew it correctly is by not putting the right sides facing (which is not good) I guess my problem is that its such an odd shape I don't no how to sew it on so the raw seams don't show. When I face both right sides together then it doesn't match up. Help? Thank you.

Sews just like any other seam... place right sides together -->>matching the seam lines, not the edges. <<-- The two pieces will not lie flat -- the seam is actually an extended dart, and the style is called "princess seaming". Match only the seamlines. It's a lot like setting in a sleeve.... the cut edges of sleeve and armscye won't match: you need to match the seamline. More: http://sewing.org/html/guidelines.html and click on "princess seams" in section 11, general how-to. Be careful not to stretch the actual seam line when stitching. Generally, I'll put the side front against the feed dogs when sewing.. there's typically a steeper curve in that section (this is the bust side shaping) than in the front panel. It may help you visualize what you need to do if we try a small experiment with paper. Cut a square of paper (newspaper, paper towel, you name it)... and draw a curved line, like a quarter circle, from the lower edge to the side right edge. Cut the square apart on the curved line you drew. The length of the edge of the "innie" curve is the same as the length of the edge of the "outie" curve, right? Measure it with your measuring tape turned on edge... the two edges should measure the same. We can't sew those two pieces back together, though, because we have no seam allowance. So take the "innie" piece and add 1/4" to the curved edge as a seam allowance. Measure the new edge, the edge of the seam allowance. It's shorter than the first measurement, right? Now take the "outie" piece and add 1/4" seam allowance to that curved edge. Measure the new edge... it's now longer than the original measurement. Now it looks like the two pieces will not sew together correctly. But watch this lady do just that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlwVGoL4zV0 Notice how the edges of the fabric are a little rippled... she's only concerned with making the seamlines meet as she's sewing, not with the rest of the fabric. That's the basic, basic form of the princess seam... it's just a curved seam that takes the place of a straight seam and a dart. The major difference between the princess seams and the quilt block you've drawn and the seam the video is showing, and a princess seam is that the princess seam is for 3-D shaping -- there's a dart incorporated into the shape. You're not going to be able to keep the fabric pieces flat together while sewing a princess seam EXCEPT AT THE SEAMLINE. Use the "sew me to me" notches on the seam allowance to guide you as you're sewing that seam together. You'll see a whole lot more rippling in the edges of the seam allowance on your princess dress seam than you did with the quilt block because the dress seam allowance is 5/8", not 1/4". If you did not cut the notches in your dress pattern when you cut it out, then stop right now and lay the pattern pieces back over the fabric pieces and mark in the notches. These are critical for getting a nicely sewn princess seam. The other critical factors for a nicely sewn princess seam are to carefully and accurately cut your fabric, and carefully and accurately stitch at a 5/8" seam allowance. If you're accurate in your cutting and sewing, the actual stitching will be easy-peasy once you've convinced yourself that the pieces CAN be sewn right sides together.

Mattress Buying Guide

Everyone hates to shop for a mattress. For most of us the last time we buy mattress fifteen or twenty years ago. Prices have risen astronomically since then. How to buy a car sticker shock, we when we see what the beds of high premiums stores on their goods. We freak when you see how much they cost. I could almost buy a good used car for the price of some new beds.

Have you looked in the yellow pages and was amazed at all the places that sell mattresses and box springs, not to mention the headboards, footboards, frames, mattresses, pillows and anything you can think you sleep well at night. If this is not enough, you must decide on things like memory foam foam rubber, foam coated sides, edge guards, pocket coils innersprings images, hypoallergenic, and even organ systems pressure, it is not surprising that choosing a mattress can be confusing. Look at the often complex task to select only the right mattress for you.

The most important thing you can do to start shopping mattress is to test the mattresses. Most bedding stores will not allow you at home test bed for one month, What's your take footwork necessary to ensure a good night's sleep. It is good to find a store with a policy back in the day or the first 30 to 90. Then the surface of the mattress the most defective.

First, the calories if you are in question and weigh 400 pounds, do not expect a mattress one hundred to two dollars over the last ten years without collapsing. Things will not happen! Use your common sense and find a mattress strong enough to withstand the weight of night after night, year after year. Price alone should be a measure of performance, but unfortunately, not always true. Some people say there is not much difference between a mattress cheap and more expensive. As with almost anything else you you really what you pay for.

Shopping for a mattress should be fun! For most people, however, is a stern test of physical endurance and mental health. Let's face it, after saw three or four blankets, eyes begin to glaze. They are all so similar, it is difficult to choose a mattress which will give you years of rest, sleep alone!

Place in the beds that are testing. Do not just walk around the bed looking at price tags and push the mattress with his hands. Do not do that! He will not bite! You will not be in your hands when you sleep, then stop pulling the mattress. Do not tell how your body feels the mattress.

On the other hand, lay down on the mattress, legs dangling over the side. This is not sleep that way should not do when buying a mattress. Fitting in this way creates a pressure on your back muscles. Your back will start badly and you start think, is because the bed is the cause of your pain Back to the strange and she's lying. Give the bed a chance!

Try to lie on the bed, as you would if you were at home. Asleep hand, has its side. If you sleep on your back, lying on your back! Take a nap. Spend fifteen minutes on each bed. This will determine if your body likes the bed. Listen to your body! Forget your pocket book. A bed at low prices, it can provide performance economic, causing back pain in the morning. On the other hand, if the price is, comfort is the main criterion on a mattress, go to a of large national retail. You can not prove the marital bed, but you can get a good price.

You spend a third of your life in bed, but eight hours of sleep is very important. If your sleep is not restorative and restorative, the next day will be miserable. It is to your advantage give your time searching merit. Put in the time to see the mattress can be time consuming. Basically it all comes down to this. Let your body decides. If a cheap mattress feels as good as expensive, buy it!

Finally, this is only the beginning search. Think about all the fun you will learn about the layers of foam, ticking, with the coil, coils, two sacks, not bags. Simply there is no end to the excitement when you buy the mattress.

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