NSC LIVE! January 2022

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5 Responses to “NSC LIVE! January 2022”

  1. Pamela Gandarillas

    I am taking in a saree top. The top band is fully beaded. The seams are supposed to be opened and elastic added so the customer can have some give to lift her arms for a Bollywood dance. Any ideas how to accommodate this ?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Pamela,

      Thank you for contacting us. 

      When working with any fabric that is beaded, you want to take special care not to lose any beads off their threads. (This depends on the way the fabric is beaded.) If the fabric has many beads attached using one thread, if you cut that thread when doing this alteration, be sure to tie that thread off so no more beads slip off it. If the fabric is beaded one bead per thread, you can simply remove each bead that is within your new seam allowance, to avoid stitching over them.

      Another possibility is adding a strip of knit fabric (a spandex with a high stretch percentage, such as dancewear would be a good choice) in lieu of elastic.

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or call Customer Service. 

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lisa,

      Thank you for contacting us. 

      I’ve come across differing answers on this one. Some people claim cutting through layers of folded tin foil helps sharpen the blades. I’ve seen people cut pinking shears over a butcher’s sharpening rod. The bevel angle of the tooth blades may vary between manufacturers, so the quick at-home fixes may not work for you. There’s a grinding tool called the Twice as Sharp that I’ve seen in many videos and is an option to invest in. If these things don’t work, or aren’t options for you, you can also search ‘sharpening services near me’ in your Internet search bar to either find local shops, or mail-in services. Your local sewing machine dealer or fabric store might have some leads on good sharpening services as well.

      I’m including some links below for at-home pinking shear sharpening tips and some warnings from professionals:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQt4dhX-4OI
      https://threadsmonthly.com/how-to-sharpen-fabric-pinking-scissors/
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IHgyhjp3sA

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or call Customer Service. 

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

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