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« on: June 07, 2010 06:10:20 AM »

I am making a ruched swimsuit and have used the slash and spread method to alter my regular pattern,,,,should i ruche my fabric the sew the seams together, or sew the seams together and then ruche ,,,,(I'm not ruching with elastic just with the thread method),,,,,,,,thanks
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010 04:47:30 PM »

(I'm guessing you mean you are sewing really long stitches then pulling the thread so it gather's up right?)
Gathering the pieces separately or together will give slightly different looks. If you gather first then sew the pieces together, the gathers of each piece will be in a different place, so they won't match up across the pieces. I think there's nothing wrong with this really, it's just personal preference. If you sew the pieces first then gather them, the gathers will be the same on both sides of the seam.
If you gather each piece separately, then sew them together, sewing them together will keep the gathering from moving around. If you sew together then gather, you need to sew over the seams with a normal stitch afterward so the gathering doesn't move around.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010 03:54:45 AM »

thanks, yes i am gathering with regular thread and pulling them,,,,,,,,,,i went ahead and sewed my pieces together and then i 'm going to gather them today, i was thinking that might be better so i can match up my pieces better too,thanks
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010 05:13:52 AM »

i practiced on a scrap lycra and the gathers keep spreading,,, i did different ways with one gathering stitch, the two gathering stitches, and the on both i did a small stitch and i even did a zig zag and it still moved around,,,,,,not sure how else to make them stay put, and since has seams i dont think the elastic tech. will work
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2010 04:23:01 PM »

After you gathered it up, did you sew directly over the gathers with a regular short stitch? zig-zag will still spread a little compared to a normal stitch. It's really strange they would keep spreading  Undecided I'm not sure what else the problem could be.
Though, on a bathing suit... maybe trying elastic instead wouldn't be that bad an idea. It would preserve the stretch in the fabric. I don't see why it wouldn't work. I've done it even on pants that were already made so that the stitching wasn't visible on the outside, if that's what you're worried about: I sewed some thin elastic really close to the seams but on the inside on the seam allowance. I stretched the elastic while I was sewing it down.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010 03:43:43 AM »

thanks,,,they're aren't spreading anymore,,yesterday morning i sewed a over and after and a little on the inside of the baste stitch and that seemed to to it, i've never sewn with elastic thread or elastic tech., but maybe on the next one i will,,,,i have so many lines in the seam sewn if one stitch pops i'm not worried about it Cheesy,,i was so intimidated with sewing this lycra but it's really not hard,,,i plan to post a pic when i'm done with
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010 05:08:17 PM »

Glad to hear it worked out!
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2010 06:24:27 AM »

heres the finished swimsuit


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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2010 05:57:06 PM »

Sweet! looks great!
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