Factory sewing?

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I stitch for Newborns in Need and have quite a challenge going for me.
Blessedly, I have two bolts of very nice flannel.  Wonder what's the Nicest
and quickest way to turn them into sturdy receiving blankets?
    The selvedges must be removed because they're more tightly woven ( or
something).  Next, I'm thinking, would be to clip them into yard lengths  -
36" x 45" for each blanket would be generous but not too big.
    After that, I guess I'll wash, dry, press and hem.
    Any thoughts on how to attack a mountain of flannel?  There's a lot of
wee ones who need swaddling.   Polly
 


Re: Factory sewing?
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Wash the fabric before cutting it as it may shrink in the drying.

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I think it was Mao who said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with
one step.  Just begin.

I think I'd do one side at a time turning the hem under and then chain sew
them like when quilting and then snip the few stitches joining one to the
next after doing a run of them.  Sounds like a good job to do when watching
TV shows at night (or 6 nights) .



Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/2/2011 8:41 PM, Polly Esther wrote:
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I would:

1) Separate the blankets by cutting across.  I would not worry about the
selvedges.

2) Serge a nice rolled hem around the edges, rounding the corners and
removing the selvedges.

3) Wash.

Most receiving blankets are serged around the edges, even the better
quality ones I have that were saved from the 1960s.  Since receiving
blanket sizes don't have to be exact, sewing before washing makes sense
to me.  If you want to determine the size more exactly, you can wash a
test blanket to see how much it shrinks before cutting the rest.

--Betsy


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Polly, I have made a ton of receiving blankets. Some I've hand sew, no
machine handy. Some I've turned under 1/4 inch twice, so I  had a nie
clean  hem edge and and done on my machine and some I've done with a
serged rolled hem, and rounded corners. I would suggest you cut and wash
the fabric for one before sewing. If there is minimal shrinkage I would
just sew and then wash.If you find a lot of shrinkage I would cut the
fabric in lengths long enough to make 3 or 4 and add in the  amount you
expect it to shrink,then wash the pieces, iron a sew the sew the entire
length side seams first, then cut and do the top and bottom. If you wash
first you may find that the entire entire amount you have to work with
is difficult to  work with.
Juno

Re: Factory sewing?
I would use the serger to finish the edges quickly.
Barbara in FL



Re: Factory sewing?
Turning curved corners on a single layer of flannel is something I've never
been very good at.  Methinks this would be the time to tinker with the
stitch and differential and learn.  I didn't know that a serged (only) edge
would be sturdy but I'll take your word for it.  Thank you for sharing.
Polly

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Re: Factory sewing?
I would suggest that you use a scrap of any kind of cloth and trace around a
coffee cup of any kind to get a curve, then serge up one side and around the
curve to learn how.  After a couple of tries you won't even need to trace
off a curve, you will "just" know how to do it!  Hey, if "I" can do it,
anyone can!  I usually take the easy way to get it done.  I've seen a lot of
"serged only" edges on baby recieving blankets in the stores.
Barbara in cloudy FL



Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/4/2011 10:21 AM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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One other note If you are serging and cutting the edge at the same time
remember to cut a small area out with a scissors where you start  sort
of like [ so that you can slide it under your presser foot and get a
nice clean start.
Juno

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Well, thank you.  I didn't know that.  There's lots I don't know but there's
no such thing as a serger dealer or serger classes anywhere near since
Katrina.  We just carry on.  Polly

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Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/4/2011 11:49 AM, Polly Esther wrote:
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Polly, I found the book "Sewing with Sergers" very helpful. I also found
that I understood it better and got more from it after using my serger
for awhile. You can get it from Amazon. Not pushing Amazon just find
they usually have the best prices. http://spedr.com/1i9co
a lot of people also really like the Singer book on serging.
Juno

Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/4/2011 10:39 AM, Juno B wrote:
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I second that.  Always remember to group purchases to get the free
shipping with a $25 minimum, and watch for the free book if you buy 3 in
their 4 for 3 offers.  It doesn't apply to all books, so check
carefully.  I got an Amazon credit card, which is actually a Visa from
Chase, and use it as a 30-day charge for everything, even groceries.
Now I get an Amazon gift certificate almost every month.  Free is my
very favorite price!!
--
Joanne
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Re: Factory sewing?
Juno B wrote:
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Seconded.  I have several books on serging I bought when I
got my first one (used), and refer to them all the time.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Factory sewing?
I took your word for it.  Decided to use the serger (only).  Tore the
flannel into receiving blanket size.  Diddled with the serger until it
produced a very nice edge, even around curved corners.  Produced 18
receiving blankets in just a little amount of time.  Two more bolts to go.
    They look okay but mighty plain.  I'm thinking I'll probably have to go
around each blanket with the SM stitch that looks like ___^___.   That will
give them a little added special touch and make them a bit readier for the
hard wear they can expect.  Thank you just so very much for coming with me
on my mountain of flannel adventure.  Polly


Re: Factory sewing?
Polly Esther wrote:

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I think a serged edge will be fine.  I see a lot of receiving blankets in
the stores that only have a serged edge.  Don't make more work for yourself
than you need to.  ;)  A 4 thread serged edge is plenty sturdy.  

If you want to jazz it up a little, try different colored threads. You could
do pink, blue, green and yellow.  (or whatever works for you!)  Remember
that you will see more of the looper threads than the needle threads. Think
about that when you pick which color will go where.  You can also get
variagated color thread.  That looks really nifty. I've used that on polar
fleece throws before and it's a lot of fun.  


Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/6/2011 7:09 AM, mamahays wrote:
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This might be a good application for wooly nylon.
--
Joanne
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Re: Factory sewing?
Pogonip wrote:
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I used red wooly nylon in both loopers, and shortened the
stitch length to finish the edge the fleece throw I made for
DGS:
http://ickes.us/images/colin%20blanket.jpg

I should have done a little more practicing with the
differential feed, the cross grain rippled a bit, although
the lengthwise grain was nice and flat.

By the time I made his friend's throw I had learned just
that much more. It's edged in white wooly nylon in both
loopers, and with the differential feed adjusted slightly
for the cross and lengthwise grains:
http://ickes.us/images/drew%27s%20throw%202.jpg

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/6/2011 12:25 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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That looks great!!
--
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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Thanks!

The boy is not bad either.  ;->  Yeah, I'm a dirty old
woman...

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Factory sewing?
On 1/6/2011 4:52 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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Yeah.....they have such nice.........skin.
--
Joanne
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Re: Factory sewing?
Pogonip wrote:
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Sure, skin.....  that's what I like.  <drool>

--
Beverly
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