Thursday, October 7, 2010

Something a Little Different

Hello All,
Decided to break away from the usual and try a little experimenting. I'm fascinated lately with fusible tapes--my fave is the Warm Company's Steam-A-Seam 2, which comes in 1/4" and 3/16" widths. I have used the tapes in past years for tasks involving sewing clothing, but now that I largely use sewing time to quilt, I find ever new uses for this time-saving notion. Two of my most recent patterns that you see in the sidebar, Leafing Lovely Tableware and Harvest Pumpkin Tableware both use the fusible tape instead of sewing together the sectioned components and not only just instead of sewing, but sewing a more difficult task--curved seam sewing. I use the tape to fuse edges (turn them under 1/4", tack the tape on, overlap edges and fuse) for a speedy and accurate joining of assymetrical edges. Using the 3/16" width in this sort of application ensures the tape is hidden within the seam allowance. You will also find that several cuss words will be eliminated from the sewing session using this technique--frustration free sewing! Super speedy, super accurate, you'll love this application of the tape.