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Topic: Why do I keep buying chiffon and organza? - a rant  (Read 426 times)
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marieC
« on: January 27, 2011 05:53:37 PM »

Sometimes I think a part of my brain wants me to quit sewing and it makes me impulsively buy sheer, slippery fabrics.  "It'll be beautiful looking in that pattern you saw", it says.  "It'll look so professional.  Yes, yes, buy it."

Problem is that fabric does not want to be made into clothes.  It's near impossible to lay it out flat and straight to cut.  It runs away from the scissors.  It slips away from the needle.  It frays.  It makes me mutter obscenities while attempting french seams.  It drives me to drink which leads to more fabric slipping.  I finish it out of spite against the fabric and don't sew for a few weeks. 

Then I make some things out of cotton and wool.  I feel good about my machine and skills again.  I go to the fabric store to pick up some snaps and there, on sale, is some beautiful silk organza calling out to me.  The cycle continues. 

I'm going upstairs for a beer.
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011 06:18:41 PM »

Aw, I feel your pain!  I always starch the bejeezus out of any material like that before attempting to sew.  It usually works great.  Also, if you've never tried pattern weights, they are a great way to keep slippery fabric in check while you're cutting.  (Any heavy thing works, I've used coffee mugs and those bags of decorative pebbles!)  But beer helps, too.  As does wine.
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