Pillow covers

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I started the throw pillow covers for my DDIL earlier this week. These  
are using the VERY EXPENSiVE fabric I talked about awhile ago. I have 2  
done and 2 to go. I started the third one today. They take me a lot of  
time because I measure so much to be sure they match from pillow to  
pillow. I don't like to see pillows on a sofa, that are made from the  
same fabric that don't all match up. Especially when the pattern is the  
same across the entire piece. The fabric frays a lot so I have to serge  
all the edges before I start the actual construction. To be sure I have  
all the serged edged straight I mark them first, then sew. Then I mark  
the seam lines. That way I don't remove my chalk lines while working.  
I'm happy with the end result. I hope my DDIL is as satisfied as I am.  
Pictures when I'm finished.

Juno, in the very snowy Mid Hudson Valley

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May I suggest pinking shears?  ;-D

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Yay, I can hardly wait to see pics.

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


Re: Pillow covers
On 2/15/2014 6:01 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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Pinking shears would be perfect except I don't have any. I realize that  
that is close to being a sewing heretic but between a lot of snow  as in  
a couple of feet worth and wanting to finish the covers I went ahead and  
serged. Pinking shears are on the list of I wants, I need.
Juno

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:-O Shocked!  Amazed!  But you all know how I feel about pinking  
shears. ;->

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May I suggest either
http://www.wawak.com/products/product.cfm/pid/11741/Wiss-Pinking-Shears-8-1-2-/
or
http://www.wawak.com/products/product.cfm/pid/6490/Mundial-Pinking-Shear-8-1-2-/

NAYY, but I own three pairs of the Mundials and one pair of Wiss.  I  
especially like the extra large 1/8" "teeth" of the Wiss, but the  
Mundials are also pretty deep.  Don't bother with the 1/16"  
cheapies, you might as well use straight shears.

In my opinion, it's cheaper in the long run to buy extras when they  
are on sale, and not bother with having them sharpened after you hit  
a pin or otherwise destroy the edge.  First, sharpening is  
EXPENSIVE, and second, my experience with having pinking shears  
sharpened by the local fabric store technician has not been stellar.  
Once pair came back in far worse shape then they went in.  YMMV.

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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I am checking out WAWAk. I like that company,good prices,service and  
lots of sales. Reasonable shipping too.
I have a pair of Mundial shears I like a lot, so that's where I'm  
thinking. I don't worry about sharpening. We have a place not to far  
from here That really understand sharpening.The are the manufacturers of  
xacto knife blades, do  knives for the Culinary Institute chefs and  
students and tell you if the can't do something. It's the only place  
I'll buy knives and any other kitchen tools I need.
Juno

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On Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:01:15 -0800, "BEI Design"

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When working the kind of cloth described I found pinking shears worthless.  I
don't own a serger but have been known to zigzag the edge of easy fray cloth.

I am aware many folks use pinking shears.  But for me they have always been more
trouble than aid.  Am I using the pinking shears incorrectly?  

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On 2/16/2014 3:22 PM, Belinda Alene wrote:
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I can't answer that for you. I have a terrible time trying to do a  
zigzag on an edge. My mom always used  pinking shears. I don't ever  
remember her cutting out anything any other way. I like using the serger  
if I use serger thread to do an edge.I guess it really is a matter of  
what you're comfortable with. This particular fabric seems to fray just  
looking at it.
Juno


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Here's of couple of pictures of the pillows.I hope thee link works, I'm  
new to photobucket and not sure if I' usingi t correctly.I'm having  
trouble getting on the web page I usually use. Please let me know if the  
link works.

http://s37.photobucket.com/user/grammieb1/media/002_zps4b48c7ee.jpg.html
Juno

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Beautiful!  Great job, Juno!  


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On 2/17/2014 3:22 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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Thanks Beverly,
I appreciate that.
J

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On Monday, February 17, 2014 2:22:06 AM UTC-6, BEI Design wrote:
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I second that!!  Really pretty!

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On 2/17/2014 4:33 PM, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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Thanks Joan. I was  a wreck making them. The fabric was very expensive  
and I didn't want to mess it up. I could never afford to replace it if I  
did.
Juno

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On 2/16/2014 5:28 PM, Juno wrote:
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Nicely done!
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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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On 2/17/2014 8:45 PM, Pogonip wrote:
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Thank you for you kind words
J

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On 17/02/2014 01:28, Juno wrote:
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Lovely job Juno, your DDIL is very lucky to have your skills available.

Lizzy

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On 3/6/2014 2:24 PM, Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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Thank you Lizzy,I enjoy doing it for her and my three daughters.
Juno

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On Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:36:31 -0500, Juno

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There are two approaches to that.  

One is to zig-zag first and cut later.  

When I want to zig-zag a pre-existing edge, I put undiluted bottle
starch into a drop-dispenser bottle and sort of crayon around the
edge, and let it dry flat on a smooth counter.  This makes the edge
cardboard stiff, but I've never had to wash it out before using the
finished product.


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joy beeson at comcast dot net
http://joybeeson.home.comcast.net/
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On 2/16/2014 11:27 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:
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Thanks for the hint.I have come to the conclusion that starch is as  
important  a tool in the sewing room as needles and thread.

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:>
:I can't answer that for you. I have a terrible time trying to do a  
:zigzag on an edge. My mom always used  pinking shears. I don't ever  

an overedge foot can help.  the little finger keeps the thread from
pulling the edge in as the stich is locked.  I've also zig-zagd before
cutting.



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:On Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:01:15 -0800, "BEI Design"

:>
:>>I started the throw pillow covers for my DDIL earlier this week.  
:>>These are using the VERY EXPENSiVE fabric I talked about awhile  
:>>ago. I have 2 done and 2 to go. I started the third one today. They  
:>>take me a lot of time because I measure so much to be sure they  
:>>match from pillow to pillow. I don't like to see pillows on a sofa,  
:>>that are made from the same fabric that don't all match up.  
:>>Especially when the pattern is the same across the entire piece.  
:>>The fabric frays a lot so I have to serge all the edges before I  
:>>start the actual construction.
:>
:>May I suggest pinking shears?  ;-D
:>snip

:When working the kind of cloth described I found pinking shears worthless.  I
:don't own a serger but have been known to zigzag the edge of easy fray cloth.

:I am aware many folks use pinking shears.  But for me they have always been more
:trouble than aid.  Am I using the pinking shears incorrectly?  

Some pinking shears are better than others (cutting a steeper, deeper
pink), but I don't find they work well on many materials.  STuff
that's not going to unravel they work great, stuff that omes undone
when you look at it needs to have the edges overlocked or zig-zaged.

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