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« on: December 16, 2008 08:45:15 PM »

So every time I try to recon something with sleeves somehow the armpit areas of the shirt never look right or don't seem to match one another.  Iv'e tried multiple methods of sewing up the sides, attaching the sleeves, etc.   I like to use my serger, but maybe thats whats causing me to screw it up, since I have it set up to cut the excess away while I sew.  Any suggestions?  thanks!
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008 07:54:21 PM »

What excess...?  Smiley

You should only be trimming threads off the edge, not actual fabric.

When you measure and cut you account for things like a folded edge, the length of it, a hem, the seam allowance, ect. ect... How wide is an excess?

If you still have the scraps that you cut from each side - compare them. There's your answer.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008 09:11:52 PM »

Can you provide pictures? It's difficult to know exactly what's going on.

Personally, here's how I do things:  Sew the front blouse/dress piece to the back at the shoulders. Sew the sleeves to the left and right of blouse/dress piece. Sew down the sides of the blouse/dress. I have much less hassles with sleeves doing it this way, plus it's a lot faster. And I don't have any problems matching things this way, either.

« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008 10:32:20 AM »

Because of the ease required in setting in a sleeve, I find the serger isn't quite the right tool. Set the sleeves with your regular machine and then finish the edges with the serger instead of the reinforcing seam. If you match the underarm seam first and then ease from there, you would give yourself a head start.
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009 06:56:24 PM »

You did say you were reconing clothing, right?  I helped a friend alter some tshirts and she used a regular machine.  If you lay the shirt out flat and be very careful about matching all seams and hems, etc., then pin along the line you intend to sew (a lot, more than you might think is necessary until you get the hang of things), that might take care of the unevenness and overall "wonkiness" of the underarm seams.

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