Trash The Cheap Stuff

Repeat after me – “Never use cheap fabrics.” I broke that rule last night and now I’ve got headaches as payment. I had decided to break up some of the horse-bit jersery in latest version of the Kwik Sew maternity top by adding a white contrast band and ties (let me note, that the horse-bit jersey is not cheap and is very cooperative to work with). I had picked up this white jersey on he $1 table of Walmart and I’ve realized, there’s a reason it was only $1! Right after cutting the material, the entire piece curled into itself – no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it to lay flat. Finally, after numerous applications of spray starch I got it to lay flat enough that I could work with it (but it immediately curled once it cooled and I picked it up). I’ve never worked with something so stubborn in my life. What I would love to know is how do factories deal with this problem? How does someone sew up material when it curls this badly? I’m guessing this is the reason why you can purchase the same shirt in the same size, but get two completely different fits.
While I figure out what to do next, enjoy some fun links:

Speaking of knits, Ann wrote this great article for on tips and tricks working with them.
Looking for a new book to add to your sewing collection? Adorn is giving you the chance to win a copy of Plush You! just by leaving a comment in this entry.
Taylor has decided to take up guitar so I think that she’ll love if I decide to make her this guitar shaped bag. [link via Craft]
The best patterns of 2007 have been released. If you look very closely, you’ll notice that my photo of the 2682 Jalie top is included in there!
Spring is in the air – Vogue patterns as well as McCall’s and Burda have released their new styles.
I’ve inherited several quilts that belonged to my great grandmother. I’m seriously contemplating purchasing Retro-Clean to clean and brighten them up. Anyone have experience with this product? [link via Craft]

3 thoughts on “Trash The Cheap Stuff

  1. Cyndi

    Hi Stacy,
    I saw that guitar bag too. That is too cute!
    Congratulations on making the best of 2007! You do very nice work.

  2. Miss Sassy

    Hi Stacy,
    If you go to wikipedia, you can can search for sodium perborate, the main ingredient in Retro Clean.
    I bought a complete vintage (if not antique) quilt for $7 with minor stains on it last year. What a find! I used Soak Wash to clean it and it worked great. I did put it in the dryer, which you aren’t supposed to do. You should dry it in the sun outside, flat.
    Ugh. I know what you mean about cheap fabric. It isn’t worth the time or money spent on it.

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