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  • Adjustoform Dress Form Dummies, Sewing Machines and Accessories from S Nutt Sewing Machines
    hip measurements later than to alter the bust line When choosing a skirt or trouser pants pattern buy the size to fit your hip measurement as waist size can be more easily altered than the hip particularly for fitted skirts Tip When you have selected the pattern pieces needed iron each one with a warm iron to flatten each piece and remove any fold lines Prepare the pattern by reading the instructions and then check each piece by pinning onto the adjusted dress model Make any alterations necessary to personalise the pattern to your body e g lengthen or shortening the waist See Fig 3 It will also give you an opportunity to identify pattern guides notches dots and lines marking folds pleats position of buttons pockets etc Tip Patterns allow for ease of body movement in garments so be careful not to fit too tightly at any stage in making up If possible decide on the finished length of the garment before purchasing the fabric If the required length is shorter than the pattern suggests you may be able to save on fabric or you may need more fabric if your finished garment is to be longer than the

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  • Adjustoform Dress Form Dummies, Sewing Machines and Accessories from S Nutt Sewing Machines
    to remove folds and creases and check for any imperfections that you need to avoid when cutting around the pattern pieces Lay out the fabric and pin on the pattern pieces Double check that everything is correctly positioned and then cut out all the required pieces An Adjustoform sewing machine storage table or any reasonable size table will be helpful for this operation Constructing The Garment After cutting out your pattern and fabric pieces you are ready to begin sewing Tip Use your dress model constantly to check the fit of your garment as you sew This makes sewing so much easier than having constantly to undress and dress in order to try the garment on in front of a mirror where trying to see your own back is particularly difficult Pin together the main body of the garment and place onto the model Make any necessary alterations e g position and shape of neckline and armholes or positioning gathers so they are evenly placed Remove the section from the model and tack along the pin line prior to machining and pressing Tip During the various stages of assembly store the garment pieces in position on the dress model to keep them crease free and tidy ready for continuing the work at an appropriate time This is particularly useful if you do not have the benefit of a sewing room and need to hide the partly finished garment from view e g when visitors arrive Cover with a plastic bag to keep free from dust This is a much more satisfactory solution than storing your partly completed garment in a bag and having to press the pieces before you can resume sewing Tip Your dress model will prove invaluable for checking that lapels and collars sit properly that sleeves hang

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  • Adjustoform Dress Form Dummies, Sewing Machines and Accessories from S Nutt Sewing Machines
    the slot near the top of the clamp Open clamp and repeat exercise at intervals of approximately 5cm around the hem The calibrations on the gauge can be used to mark the depth of the hem allowance Fig 9 Chalk Hem Marker Loosen the clamp and position the marker at the desired height using the measuring scale on the post and lock in position Fill the reservoir at the bottom of the chalk ejector with chalk powder from the sachet provided and replace cap firmly Position the metal slide so that the spray nozzle is very close to or just touching the garment Pressing the bulb and then moving the marker 10 cm at a time round the garment and pressing the bulb again will apply a fine line of chalk to create a level hemline ready for pinning and sewing Alternatively turn the chalk ejector 180 degrees so that the Hem Marker can be used to mark a garment you are wearing Ask your stockist for replacement chalk sachets Tip Use your dress model and hem attachment for bought garments to avoid paying for the alteration repair Linings A dress model is your best friend when it comes to

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  • Adjustoform Dress Form Dummies, Sewing Machines and Accessories from S Nutt Sewing Machines
    be extremely helpful in judging how colours and designs work together Tip Use your dress model like a valet For a special occasion select your complete outfit and accessories Press the garment if necessary and place it carefully on your dress model until needed Tip Use the model for day to day clothes care Put a garment on the model and brush sponge steam or press then hang to set

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