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Topic: OK - who has the magic answer for pleats?  (Read 359 times)
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« on: September 18, 2008 05:43:15 AM »

I love pleats  Grin
I hate pleats  Angry

Anyone have any tips and tricks?   
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008 06:49:13 AM »

There are no shortcuts to doing pleats but there are some tools that help.
Either those little rulers with the sliding guide or they actually make a little "Pleat Tool" that looks very much like a mechanics caliper for holding a distance measurement. (a mechanics caliper would work too, just make sure it's clean).

Other than that, it's just a matter of a good iron, (a nice big ironing surface helps) and patience. Commercially produced pleated items are pleated with a huge complicated machine.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008 12:52:43 PM »

ok, im not sure how much of a help this is... im not too good at explaning things... but ill try.... when you cut out a patter there are those lines... for pleats... the solid and dashed lines... well mark them onto the fabric... then stick pins into the lines.... what i mean is where you have a solid line push a pin into the edge of the fabric... the same as a dashed line... now bring the two pins together from the solid line to dashed line

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bring this line up to the above^ line  _________     

does this make sence.... ill take a pic and send if you like? or i can upload a vid even!
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