NSC LIVE! January 2017

In this month’s NSC LIVE, Nicki LaFoille shared tips for installing zippers on knit garments, explained some of the different types of stabilizers used for embroidery, and discussed small applique.

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42 Responses to “NSC LIVE! January 2017”
  1. sujata kumar

    I have a fabric with all over cutwork, can I cut the shape including all the darts and put a side zipper to slide on the top.

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    • Ann Kerby

      I was sewing cotton lace on the hem of a knit t-shirt when I got through it was wavy should I have used some type of stabilizer?

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      • Customer Service

        Hi Ann. You could absolutely use a stabilizer and that would help eliminate the waviness. They also make a product called Knit Stay Tape that is meant for hemming knits. It comes in pre-cut strips on rolls, which can make it easier to use than stabilizer that you have to cut down.

        Sometimes using a walking foot or roller foot can help as well. Some of the waviness can come from the fabric being stretched as it is pulled through the machine by the feed dogs, so a walking foot can help eliminate this.

        Hope this helps!

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  2. Debbie

    when free motion quilting ..draw design with what type pen ?Do you start in the middle or the very edge of quilt?

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  3. Katherine Kettner

    I am aware that this is not the site to be asking about automatic memberships, but please email me the proper email to discuss my concern thanks so much Kay

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  4. Jaqi Briggs

    During a recent sewing project I had to rip out the seam a couple times and found the needle was leaving big holes. Is this a sign of a dull needle or some other problem?

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  5. Dottie

    I find cutting poly fleece very hard to cut but easy to sew. It seems to dull my blade or scissors faster also. What say you? Need help please as I like to make soft toys for the children. TIA

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  6. MICHELLE

    What is the best way to figure out how to lay your pieces to cut out so you’ll have the least amount of waste?

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  7. Judy

    Do you have any tips for sewing very small items (i.e. Barbie Clothes)?

    (I’m all over that automatic tension adjusting machine;-)

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  8. Theresa

    I’m coming back to sewing after many years. Do you use a dress form for garments ( shirts)? I find I need to alter most patterns now.

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  9. Marion Phillips

    I saw a pattern for making a wallet with very thin cork. I was not sure how to handle it so I didn’t want to buy it. It was a single layer of cork with a lining of some kind on the back.

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  10. Judy

    I need to alter a ponte legging with a permanently sewn crease. I’m hoping to remove the crease stitching and seam up the sides which should move the crease to the side of the thighs. Any suggestions?

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  11. Caroline

    I just wanted to say thank you for the live video, I have found it very informative! I will be sure to download the guide!

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  12. Denise

    can you sew leather of a basic sewing machine? If Not what would you recommend?
    Thank you in advance

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  13. Rekha

    For a very fitted garment like a sari blouse, Do the armholes have to be smaller for a sleeveless blouse vs sleeved blouse. I always tend to have this problem of shoulder slipping off when I make a sleeved blouse whereas it stays in place with a sleeveless blouse. Where am I going wrong? Thanks

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  14. Pattie

    Do I need a single hole throat plate to sew on knits? I am sewing on a Brother machine.

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  15. Patricia

    I want to use sweaters and sew pieces together to look like a ninja turtle pillow with a textured background . Can i just cut out the pieces i need, or should I satin stitch and then cut them out?

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    • Ann Kerby

      I was sewing cotton lace on the hem of a knit t-shirt when I got through it was wavy should I have used some type of stabilizer?

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