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« on: April 21, 2005 08:05:11 AM »

Hello out there,
I just finished knitting the pillowcase inserts from Weekend Knitting for my mom's birthday (Sunday) and they are really curling.  I tried ironing... no luck.  Should I just block them?  I'm going to use my aunt's sewing machine today to sew them into the pillows... can I block the whole thing after they're sewn in?  I'm afraid when i sew them in they're going to bunch the pillowcase up because they are curling.  Sad 
Any help is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2005 09:00:29 AM »

Mine are super-curly as well. I used mercerized cotton (100% cotton, really shiny), and I wet-blocked them: sprayed them down with water, laid them out and pinned them on my ironing board. Left them there for a day or so, so they could dry. Don't pin too tight, or you'll get super-funky wavy sides (ask me how I know)...

I hate taking the time, but blocking makes things sew in*so much better*. Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2005 10:29:54 AM »

I steam-blocked my insert.  In the FAQ, there's a link to a good article about blocking; it recommends steam-blocking for cotton.
 
BTW, I tried machine-sewing my insert, but it looked like hell. It stretched and bunched up no matter how careful I was - grrr!  I had to rip it out and that took forever.  It was easier and, believe it or leave it, faster to hand-sew.  Even then one side stretched out and got bunchy near the end.  However, this project is very forgiving, 'cause when the pillow case was completed, after a week with a fat pillow in it, the lace evened itself out.  True story.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2005 12:55:29 PM »

Wow, sewing by hand was faster?  Who knew?  Thanks for the blocking tips, monster and ax.  I really appreciate it!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2005 04:22:14 PM »

I agree with Ax about the whole hand-sewing thing.  I machine-sewed mine and had to do one pillow twice and the other three times to make it turn out right!  When you factor in ripping the seams, it took FOREVER.  It would have gone exponentially faster had I just hand-sewn the darned things to begin with! 

Edit to add: Please show us pics when you're done! 
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2005 10:17:44 AM »

I wanted to add that I hand-sewed the lace insert into the pillow case.  I hemmed the two pieces of the pillow case itself by machine.
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