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« on: June 19, 2007 04:18:05 PM »

I posted a thread here about lengthening sleeves by attaching extra fabric. I took my trip to the fabric store today and bought the fabric I wanted....

All went well until the part where I was supposed to sew the "cuffs" to the sleeve in order to finish my additions...  Shocked The sleeve was too small to fit around my sewing machine!!

Now what do I do?!! (Without turning to hand-sewing...)

Are there sewing machines with smaller areas?


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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 04:29:46 PM »

Hmm. . .my sewing machine can convert to a smaller sewing area.

You could just be verrrry careful and push the underneath areas out of the way while sewing small parts of the sleeve at a time.

Did that make sense?

« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007 09:30:45 AM »

Yeah, it made sense. My only hesitation with that is the extra fabric I am putting on is slightly stretchy so I don't want to mess up either the fabric or the stitching because you will be able to see the new stitching on the outside of the sleeve.... I want as straight a line as possible.

Yeah, my sewing machine converts as well, but the sleeve is <b>still</b> too small. I was like "nooooooooooooooo!"


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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007 10:42:15 AM »

Rather than trying to get the sleeve to fit around the arm of the sewing machine, try sewing with the presser foot on the inside of the sleeve (so the sleeve is on top of, instead of around, the arm).
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007 11:26:39 AM »

I've looked at that option but I'm hesitant because the fabric I am adding on is slightly stretchy. I don't want to get a wompy sleeve-addition or a stitch that isn't straight... Embarrassed


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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007 11:51:11 AM »

It shouldn't stretch because the stretchy fabric will be on the inside  Smiley If you're worried about stitching straight you could sew some scrap fabric into a tube shape and practice first until you feel confident. If you take it slowly you should be ok.

Alternatively you could rip the underarm seam out and sew the extra fabric on flat, then re-stitch the underarm seam...

Edit: I just realised that the stretchy fabric could be on the outside if the sleeve was right side out. So, if you turn the sleeve inside out, the stretch fabric will be on the inside & you should be able to sew it without it stretching Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007 02:28:47 PM »

Thanks. You've given me hope, although I have already put away my sewing machine for a while. Good thing it won't get cold in Florida until like... umm... yeah. haha


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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2007 07:58:35 PM »

Hey  Smiley

Here's what I do...

Hopefully you can tell from my rather crude drawing that you place the two raw edges together with right sides facing folding the cuff back over the sleeve. Sew on that edge on the INSIDE of the seam where it indicates. It's easire to sew there when you have a small space to get into. If one part is stretchy then I recomend pinning at 4 evenly spaced intervals all around the sleeve opening pulling each pin only after you have sewn right up to it if not over it. Or leave them in till you are all the way around.

Don't put your sewing machine away!! There's tank tops to be made and skirts to be shortened!! It's summer for god's sake!! Grin Cool

Hope this helps
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