Common Workshop Questions:
Can I lengthen the skirt?
Absolutely, we can lengthen the skirt pieces – just ensure you lengthen the front and back by the same amount.
What are the settings for an ease stitch?
Ease stitching is just a straight stitch, but you increase the length to 4 and don’t secure your stitches at the beginning or the end of the line of stitching.
I can’t work out how to put my sleeves in position to pin.
Turn your bodice inside out and lay it on the table with the back pieces facing up. Turn your sleeves right side out. Insert the hem edge of your sleeve first into the armhole, first match up the underarm seams, match the notch at the top of the sleeve head to the shoulder seam, match up the front and back notches. Next you can pin the flat fabric section through the underarm. You will need to pull up the ease stitching through the top section to make the sleeve fit into the armhole.
What are the settings for the gather stitch?
Gathering is achieved with a straight stitch, increase the length to 4 and don’t secure your stitches at the beginning or the end. Don’t cut off the thread tails too short either! One line of gathering is inside the seam allowance (.5mm from raw edge), one is outside of the seam allowance (1.2mm from raw edge). After you stitch the the bodice onto the waistband you will be able to see one of the lines of gathering stitch – you can unpick this at the end.
My invisible zip foot won’t move!
The plastic stopper at the top of the zip loves to get caught on the invisible zip foot. Remember to start your stitching with that plastic thickness inside the foot tunnel.