Doing some practice, best needle, thread and for inexpensive broadcloth

Doing some practice, best needle, thread and for inexpensive broadcloth

Doing some practice with inexpensive cotton blend broadcloth from Joann’s, got it on sale for $1.99 yard, and got to use a 20% total order, purchased about 45 yards total. Going to use for shirt making and muslin builds. It is a 65/35 poly/cotton.

This is for the clone shirt I a doing for this months sew along after I get the muslin build and changes to pattern going to use better fabric to make a nicer shirt.

It is a lightweight fabric, tends to wrinkle until it is washed a few times, has already prewashed all of it. When sewing it tends to ripple or wave a bit, going to try to figure out which needle/thread and stitch length/tension will work best for this fabric.

Using home sewing machine, I have a serger this fabric works much better with the serger for construction seam, but for the sew along using a sewing machine. Most have a sewing machine, fewer have a serger.

Now that I have the details of fabric, thread, stitches, and needle, I with them done, usually on the pattern, and take a pic. I keep a digital folder in my Dropbox account of each build, pic of the original garment, several views, and any special detailing done on the garment.

 

inexpensive broadcloth
inexpensive broadcloth
Used default stitch 00 on my Brother machine, size 11 needle bottom Universal, top regular, top is a bit better. Using serger cone thread, 100% poly, unknown size of the thread, it feels about a 50. (bt thinger then 40 spool compared to).
Used default stitch 00 on my Brother machine, size 11 needle bottom Universal, top regular, top is a bit better. Using serger cone thread, 100% poly, unknown size of the thread, it feels about a 50. (bt thinger then 40 spool compared to).

 

Pressed the seams, regular needle still looks a bit better.
Pressed the seams, regular needle still looks a bit better.
Pressed seam allowance pressed to one side, the right side of the fabric, regular needle a bit better.
Pressed seam allowance pressed to one side, the right side of the fabric, regular needle a bit better.
Using a regular needle, default stitch 00, but increased length from 2.5 to 3. but better
Using a regular needle, default stitch 00, but increased length from 2.5 to 3. but better
pressed the seam and set stiches
pressed the seam and set stitches
The pressed seam on right side of the fabric, probably the best I am going to get out of this fabric.
The pressed seam on right side of the fabric, probably the best I am going to get out of this fabric.
For topstitching, the bottom is default stitch 00, length 3. top is a triple stitch, length 3, the default is best for this lightweight fabric.
For topstitching, the bottom is default stitch 00, length 3. top is a triple stitch, length 3, the default is best for this lightweight fabric.

 

Double row of topstitching. Single needle, set through the machine twice, I prefer this vs twin needling,
Double row of topstitching. Single needle, set through the machine twice, I prefer this vs twin needling,
Also pix of copied pattern, fabric label off the end of bolt, pix of fabrics used.
Also pix of copied pattern, fabric label off the end of bolt, pix of fabrics used.
I write notes on paper or cards and take pix of to add to a folder of build also.
I write notes on paper or cards and take pix of to add to a folder of build also.
This will be the basic construction seams of this build, first overcast raw edges, then sew seam. I have measured and noted where on the presser foot, where I need the seam to be, for this pattern seam allowances is a 3/8th inch.
This will be the basic construction seams of this build, first overcast raw edges, then sew seam. I have measured and noted where on the presser foot, where I need the seam to be, for this pattern seam allowances is a 3/8th inch.

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