Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Week 4 & 5!

Due to holiday schedules we’re going to combine the last weeks of the Robson Coat Sew Along. There are video portions for each and the end of the post. Don’t forget to post your photos on Flickr! If you would like to join at a later time the blog posts will remain up as will the video portions. If you would like to purchase the pattern and get started later head to Shopsewitall to purchase!

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We’re in the final stretch!

Now that the collar and flaps have been attached, we’re ready to set in our sleeves. There’s a bit of work that needs to be done to the sleeve before it’s set in ready. The sleeves have tabs like the tabs that were sewn for the shoulders. Sew them together just as you did with the shoulder tabs. Press and top stitch.

There are notches on the sleeve pattern that you will match the notches to. Be sure that your tabs are facing in the right direction. The tabs should go over the top of the sleeve and face towards the back.photo 110 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

When sewing the bias tape to the sleeve seam, be sure that the seam will be facing in the right direction. If you sew the seam so that it is facing in the wrong direction, it will cause the tab to flip and go in the wrong direction. Finish the bias tape just as you have for the body of the coat and top stitch the seam.photo 210 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The first seam is easy to sew and top stitch since the sleeve is still open, but once the back seam is sewn, it’s much more difficult to top stitch the seam. The easiest way to top stitch the seam is to stitch inside the sleeve. The wrong side of the sleeve will be facing out. Once you get close to the wrist, you may need to cut your thread and then go in from the wrist end to finish the top stitching.photo 35 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Determine the hem of your sleeve prior to sewing on the bias tape. Once you have determined the length of your sleeve, sew on the bias tape and stitch the hem on the machine.photo 41 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Once the sleeves have been set into the coat, trim the armholes down to 1/4″ and finish with the bias tape.

Sew the back neck facing to the front facing and finish the edges with the bias tape. Attach facing to the coat. The inside of the coat is beginning to look so pretty!photo 51 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Stay stitch the back neck facing between each shoulder. Once the stay stitching is complete, tack the back neck facing to the coat at the shoulder seams and the center back seam.photo 61 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Sew bias tape to the hem of the coat. Press hem in place.photo 71 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Top stitch down the front of the coat from the collar to the hem. Turn and stitch across the hem.photo 81 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

If you careful about pressing your hem evenly, you can use the ditch of the bias tape along the hem as a guide for sewing your hem.photo 91 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The hem is finished.

photo 102 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing DetailsThere are notches on the pattern pieces that have been provided as a guide for the belt loops. I recommend trying the coat on and tying the belt around you to determine the best placement of the belt loops.photo 111 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Once the placement has been determined, cut the belt loops. The instructions state to cut the loops 4″ long. I used the entire length of my loop strip and my loops ended up being 4 1/2″ long. It’s not a lot, but just in case you would like to use a purchased belt with your coat and it’s a little wider than the belt pattern, you’ll be in good shape. When stitching the belt loops to the coat, I recommend using a size 16 top stitching needle.photo 111 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Sew up the belt, turn and top stitch. I used the entire length of the pattern for my belt as I like ample length to tie my belt.

The coat I’ve been working on for the sew along is almost finished….almost. As you can see, the belt and the buttons are missing. I have not quite decided what I would like to do with my belt. At the moment, I think I want a belt with a buckle, but we’ll see. As for the buttons, they have been ordered and I’m just waiting for them to arrive.photo 131 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

All in all, I am VERY pleased with my new coat.photo 141 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

In determining the placement of your buttons, you can follow the button placement that is on the pattern, but I recommend trying the coat on. With the coat on your body, you can determine the best placement for your body.photo 151 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The buttons that you chose may not be the exact same size as those used for the pattern. Here’s a rule of thumb when determining where the buttonhole should begin in relationship to the front edge of the coat. Measure the button. Measure over from the front edge of the coat, half the size of the button plus 1/2″. So if you are using a 1 1/2″ button, your buttonhole will begin 1 1/4″ from the front edge of the coat. Half the size of the button is 3/4″. Add 1/2″ and the total will be 1 1/4″. Nothing screams homemade more than a button hole that is too close to the edge of a garment.  And for that matter, too far away from the edge as well.photo 161 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along. The Robson Trench is a lovely coat that will work with everything from jeans to an evening gown, depending upon the fabric that you choose. Another nice aspect about this pattern is that it lends itself to so many different fabric choices. You can make this coat out of everything from lace to corduroy! I now have 2 in my wardrobe and I won’t be surprised if  I decide to have another 1 or 2!!! Once you get one made, I bet you’ll want another too icon smile Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Rhonda

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Week 4 Closures & Buttons

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 11

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Can you believe we are already on Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!?! Time sure flies when you are having fun!

Congratulations to Sonja M! Sonja won Friday’s prize of Pfaff 6D Embroidery Software! Check your inbox for an email from me, so we can get you your new amazing software!

We have another great prize from Pfaff! Today’s giveaway is the Smarter by Pfaff 140s Sewing Machine!

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This sewing machine is stocked full of features you will love!

  • Integrated Needle Threader: The integrated needle threader makes threading the needle a breeze. No frustration, just hold the thread, pull a lever and it’s done.
  • 6mm adjustable stitch width: Adjust the width of the stitches to fit your needs. Great for topstitching or other accurate stitching where the stitch position needs to be adjusted.
  • PFAFF® Original Presser Foot System: The possibility to use PFAFF® original presser feet give access to many optional presser feet letting you explore and evolve your sewing skills.
  • LED Light: The LED light ensures a long lasting light source. It lights the sewing surface with a bright and crisp light.
  • Hard Cover: The SMARTER BY PFAFF™ machine is so stunning you’ll want it on display, but for transport and storage a hard cover is great to protect your new favorite purchase.
  • Smart Grip Dials: Each dial shows stitches and numbers to make it fast, simple and clear for you when making a selection.
  • Snap-on/Snap-off Presser Feet: To change the presser foot, just snap it off and snap the new one on. No screwdriver or other tools are needed.
  • Adjustable Needle Positions: For exact placement of your straight stitch while topstitching, sewing zippers or special techniques such as piping.
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure: Adjust presser foot pressure for specialty techniques such as quilting and sewing stretch seams. Always a perfect result whether sewing light or heavy fabrics.
  •  Optimal Feeding: The Seven Point Feed Dogs support the fabric on all sides of the needle while feeding your fabric perfectly. Makes your sewing smooth and pucker free.

Accessories Included:

  • Bobbins (3)
  • Felt pad
  • Screwdriver
  • Spool cap, large
  • Spool cap, small
  • Seam ripper & brush (as one)
  • Edge guide
  • Auxiliary spool pin
  • Foot control and power cord
  • Needles
  • Hard cover

Presser Feet Included:

  • 0 – Standard Presser Foot
  • 1 – Clearview Foot
  • 3 – Blindhem Foot
  • 4 – Zipper Foot
  • 5A – Four-Step Buttonhole Foot

What more could you want!?! This is an amazing machine!!! We cannot wait to give this away!! All you have to do to enter to win this prize is answer the question below in our comments section.

“What is your favorite holiday song?”

Check out the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to find out if won today’s prize and for another chance to win!

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

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Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Sew Along Week 3

At this point, our Robson Trench Coats are really beginning to take shape. I’m loving my new coat more and more, by the minute, and I can’t wait to wear it!

Once the pockets have been attached, sew the center back panel to the side panel and bind the seams as we did the other seams.

The instructions tell you to sew the shoulder seam and bind them. As I thought about it, I realized that this is an unnecessary step. Binding the seam does create some bulk, so rather than sew the seam towards the inside of the coat, sew it to the outside as I have done. The flaps are going to cover the seam and we will not have the added bulk of the seam binding.photo 1a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

The inside will look beautiful.photo 2a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

One more step to take to reduce bulk in the seam is to clip the edges as I have done. Now we can put the coat aside while we work on the flaps and the collar.photo 3a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

When you lay the under collar over the top collar, you will notice that the under collar is a little smaller than the top collar. This is NOT a mistake and please do not trim the top collar to match the under collar. Pin the 2 collars together and ease in the fullness.photo 4a1 Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

You can see that there will be some fullness to the top collar. This is fine.photo 5a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Trim the collar prior to turning.photo 6a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Once the collar has been trimmed, push the seam allowance toward the under collar and edge stitch. The edge stitching will be along the edge of the under collar.photo 7a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Now turn the collar to the right side. The top collar will actually roll a little toward the back. This is just as it should be. Once the collar has been sewn to the jacket, the seam of the collar will not be able to roll towards the top of the collar. Set the collar aside for now.photo 8a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Sew the front flaps to the back flap. As you can see, I have trimmed my shoulder seam allowances just as I did the shoulder seams on the coat. This will help to reduce bulk at the shoulder seam.photo 9a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Sew the top flaps to the bottom flaps and trim the seam allowances.photo 101 Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Turn the flaps to the ride side and press. Once pressed, top stitch the collar as well as the flaps.photo 11a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Pin the flaps to the coat. Baste in place around the armhole and the neckline. If you look closely, there is a notch at the neckline where the flap should meet.photo 12a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Pin the collar to the neckline and baste in place. The collar should match to the edge of the front flap. As you can see, my front flap is laying very nicely against my coat. If your flap buckles or sits away from the coat, then you have probably stretched the flap. Be careful to not stretch the flap while sewing.photo 13a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

The final step to the flaps and collar is to add the tabs. Simply fold the shoulder tabs in half and stitch with a 5/8″ seam allowance.photo 14a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Trim the seam allowance as you see below.photo 15a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Turn the tab to the right side. Use a point turner to get the points nice and sharp. Please do not push your scissors into the points as you will risk punching a hole in the corners and then you’ll need to recut the tabs. This is advice from someone who has done exactly what I’m telling you not to do:)photo 16a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3Top stitch the tabs.photo 17a Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Now place the tabs on the shoulder seam of the coat. Be sure to line the point up exactly with the shoulder seam.

The tabs have been basted in place. The collar and flaps are in place.

Please watch the video below for more details on the collar and belt loops.Screen Shot 2014 12 22 at 8.22.25 AM Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Week 3

Our next step will be to attach our sleeves. Then we will attach the facings, hem the coat and sleeves and sew in our buttonholes. We’re almost there!!!

Until next time,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda

www.sewbussted.com

 

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12 Days of Christmas Day 9 Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Machine

Happy Thursday and welcome back to the 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways from Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery! Let’s not lose a minute and get to today’s prize and yesterday’s winner!

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Today we’re giving away the 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine from Singer!

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This SINGER® HEAVY DUTY sewing machine is a true workhorse. With a heavy duty metal interior frame, stainless steel bed plate, extra-high sewing speed and powerful motor, it can sew through just about anything you throw at it. Convenience features including top drop-in bobbin, fully automatic 4-step buttonhole and drop feed for free motion sewing adds a new dimension of ease to heavy duty sewing.

All you have to do to enter to win this prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“What is the hardest/difficult fabric you’ve had to sew with?”

And, the winner from yesterday’s contest is TJ H.! TJ H. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Visit the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to find out if you won today’s prize, and for another chance to win!

Jill

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Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along – Pockets!

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Sew Along/Constructing The Pockets

There is a trick to doing inseam pockets and it’s a simple one, be precise! It would be nice if there was a magic trick, but sadly, there isn’t. Be sure to mark all notches!!!!!

To construct the inseam pocket of the Sewaholic Robson Trench, you will need the pocket pattern and the flap pattern. Cut 4 of each.       pocket 1 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Begin by sewing the flaps together with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Remember, all seam allowances are 5/8″ unless otherwise noted.

pocket 2 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!Once sewn, trim the seam allowance. As you can see, I trimmed mine fairly close. Just be careful to not trim the seam allowance so close that it will pull apart when turned. The instructions say to clip the curve, I do not. If the seam is trimmed closely as I have done, it is not necessary to clip into the curve.pocket 3 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Once the flap has been sewn, turn the flap to the right side and top stitch around the flap. Find the notches on the front panel of the coat and match the flap to the notches. The flap should sit right in between the notches. Baste in place.pocket 4 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Now take the pocket pattern and match the notches on the pocket pattern to the notches on the front panel and the side panel. I marked my notches with a white hash mark so you could see them.pocket 5 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Now this is where being precise will pay off.  On the pocket, mark the 5/8″ seam allowance from the top and bottom edge of the pocket. You can see the white hash marks on my pocket piece below. Sew from the top 5/8′ mark to the bottom 5/8″ mark with a 5/8″ seam allowance.pocket 6 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

The pocket is now sewn to the from and side panels of the coat.pocket 7 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

This is the next area where you will need to be very precise. At this point, you will sew the princess line seam. Sew from the bottom of the coat to the first notch of the pocket opening. Be sure to line up the pockets perfectly so that the pocket does not get caught in the seam. Cut your threads and then sew from the top notch in the pocket opening to the top of the princess line seam. The princess line seam has now been sewn and you will have an opening in your pocket as you see below. At this point the pocket has not been sewn closed.pocket 8 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Before we can sew the pocket closed, we need to top stitch the flap on the front side of the coat.On the back side of the coat, open the pockets out as you see below.pocket 9 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

On the front of the coat, top stitch from one end of the flap to the other, stopping exactly at the end of the flap as you see in the picture below.pocket 10 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Once the flap has been top stitched, you can now sew the pocket together. Sew from the 5/8″ mark around to the other 5/8″ mark. The seam allowance on the coat at the top and bottom of the pocket will need to be clipped.pocket 11 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Sew the bias tape around the pocket.pocket 12 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

Now sew the bias tape to the princess line seam. Once the bias tape has been attached, turn the coat and top stitch the seam.pocket 13 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

This next step is my favorite. I absolutely love this little touch! Cut a 6″ strip of bias tape.Fold it in half and stitch along the edge. Stitch it to the pocket and then baste it to the front edge of the jacket. Your pocket will now beautifully stay in place.pocket 14 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

The final step to the pocket construction is to stitch down the flaps. We don’t want our flaps to be flapping in the wind!!! Stitch directly into the top stitching from the seam to the curve of the flap.pocket 15 Special Post on The Robson Coat Sew Along   Pockets!

That’s it!!! You now have beautiful pockets! I think the pockets are the most difficult step in constructing this coat. The rest will be a breeze!

So good luck with your pocket construction. Just remember to be very precise about marking notches and seam allowance and I think you will be fine.

In our next post, we will add the collar, the flaps and the tabs.

Until then,

Sew On!!

Rhonda

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (Day 7) Win a Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine!

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Happy Tuesday, Readers! Congratulations to yesterday’s winner of the Singer Expert Finish iron: Amanda W! Check your inbox for an email from me so we can get you your prize!

You must know by now, Readers, that you’re very special to us– and to show our love and appreciation, we’re giving you the chance to win this lovely sewing machine from Husqvarna Viking! *cue Price is Right music*

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The H Class 100q is convenient, compact and lightweight. At just 15 lbs (7kg), it’s perfect for travel and classes. Check out some of its features:

  • 20 built-in stitches including quilting, utility and decorative stitches; plus, two one-step buttonholes, that are ideal for creative projects. Adjust stitch width up to 7mm.
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure will let you sew any fabric type and weight with perfect results.
  • Start/Stop button lets you sew without the foot control.
  • Speed Control Slide makes it easy to adjust the speed for greater control.
  • Needle Stop Up/Down sets the needle to stop up or down for pivoting, appliqué and accurate sewing.
  • Extra-High Presser Foot Lift raises the presser foot to its highest position so that thick fabrics and multiple layers can be placed effortlessly under the presser foot.
  • Built-In Needle Threader makes threading easy

Enter to win this fabulous prize by answering the following question in the comments section below:

How many machines do you have?

Don’t lie to me, because I’ll know. Do you still have that old metal machine you learned to sew on lurking in your closet? Do you have a serger, and maybe an embroidery machine too? Or a sewing machine dedicated to zigzag stitching so you don’t have to change your favorite settings?

When I got a new machine I gave my old one away as a gift, and sometimes I wish I still had it! I’d keep it threaded with white all the time for those quick projects that just require a straight stitch.

Even if you don’t end up keeping this beaut for yourself, imagine the joy on the face of a friend who’s learning to sew, or your best sewing buddy, when you give it to them.

This contest ends at 7a.m. MST tomorrow (12/17)! Check the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to find out if you won, plus enter to win another amazing prize!

Good luck and Happy Sewing!

~Nicki

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Robson Coat Sew Along – Week 2

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The Sewaholic Robson Trench lends itself  to everything from a conservative look, to all out funky. I have chosen all out funky for my sew along coat. I had this rather interesting piece of fabric in my fabric closet for quite some time. As I thought about what I might use, this came to mind. My only problem was that I was short the yardage needed for the coat. But as Tim Gunn says, “make it work,” and I will! In the end I think I will have a much more attractive coat as I will be mixing it with a solid black piece of cotton velvet. So if you have your heart set on a particular piece of fabric and you don’t have quite enough, think about what you might possibly pair it with.

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As we get started on the construction of the coat, I thought I would go over just a few things. First of all, notches. I often see students go to the pain staking task of cutting out little triangles. Please don’t waste your time. Simply cut on the appropriate line for your size. Once the pattern has been cut, simply make a small clip into the notch. This will help you to easily find the notch as you sew along the seam.

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In the event that you choose a fabric that is velvet, has velvet accents like mine does or is a corduroy, feel the fabric to determine which direction the nap runs. If the fabric feels rough as you move your hand over it, then you are pushing the nap up. If it feels smooth, then you are pushing the nap down. You want to cut the fabric so that as the coat hangs, the nap has a smooth feeling as you rub your hand down the coat.

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The Robson coat calls for bias tape to finish the seams. In my original coat, I purchased bias tape. You may also make your own if you like. It’s quite simple to do. It will take a little extra time, but you can customize your coat beautifully with your own bias tape. I decided to use this small checked vintage gingham for the interior of my coat. It will be unexpected!! If you do decide to make your own bias tape, please use a cotton and one that is not too heavy, but fairly lightweight.

The first step will be to straighten out the crosswise grain. With a stripe or check like mine, it’s quite easy to do. I could simply cut on the line, but to ensure that I truly have the crosswise grain, I made a small snip on the selvedge edge and then ripped the fabric across.

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Once you have found the crosswise grain, simply match the crosswise grain to the selvedge of your fabric. Cut the fabric on the folded edge. This will be the bias grainline of the fabric. You must cut your bias tape on the bias of the fabric or your tape will not go around the rounded edges of the princessline seams or the pockets.

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Cut your strips 1 1/4″ wide. A clear ruler works beautifully for this task.

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In order to have strips that are long enough for the seams of the coat, you will need to sew the strips together. The picture below shows how the strips will look when they have been matched together for sewing.

photo 22 Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 Once the seam is sewn, the bias strip will lay in a straight line.

photo 23 Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 Now that you have your bias tape ready, begin with the center back seam of your coat. All seam allowances on the Robson coat are 5/8″ unless otherwise noted. Sew the center back seam. Once sewn, lay the bias tape on top and match the edge to the edge of the seam allowance.

photo 24 Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 Stitch the bias tape to the seam allowance with a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you are using purchased bias tape, simply unfold the tape and stitch in the ditch of the fold.

photo 25 Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 Once the bias tape has been stitched to the seam allowance, fold it around the seam and then stitch it in place by stitching in the ditch.

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Once all the stitching is complete, press the seam to the side.

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Turn the coat to the outside and stitch in the top stitching by stitching 1/4″ away from the seam.

photo 28 Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 The top stitching is complete and the seam looks as pretty on the outside as it does on the inside!

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Now let’s talk about the front pricessline seam. The princessline seam gives shape over the bustline.

Find the notch that is near the top of the pattern and be sure to mark it. I am pointing to the notch on the center front pattern piece.

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Look further down and you will see a notch for the belt loops and a little further down you will see a notch that marks the top of the pocket. Mark all notches of course, but pay close attention to the notch that marks the top of the pocket. We will use this notch as a guideline.

photo 31 copy Robson Coat Sew Along   Week 2 Match up the notches with the side panel of the coat and pin in place. The front panel will not lay flat.

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To allow for the side and the front panels to lay flat, make small clips along the edge of the seam allowance of the side panel. Be careful to not clip too deep. If you clip past the 5/8″ seam allowance, the clip will show on the outside of the garment.

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 The seam has been sewn.

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 Press the side panel toward the front as you see below.

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Keep in mind that the pockets need to be attached before the princess  line seam can be sewn in place. In our next post, I will go through attaching the pockets in detail so that you will have perfect pockets!

Until then,

Sew On!!

Rhonda

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 5

Happy Friday! Can you believe we are already through the first week of giveaways? Let’s start the weekend with day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.

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Today’s giveaway is a PFAFF Quilted Deluxe Roller Bag!

PF Machine Bag 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 5Imagine all the places you could go! There have been too many times when I had wished I could bring my machine along.

This roller bag is constructed for durability and finished with leather trim. This bag also features an exterior zip pocket for machine manuals or accessories.

More amazing attributes include:

  • Two-­‐way zip-­‐around closure
  • Built-­‐in inboard trolley
  • Telescoping trolley handle
  • Two side handles
  • Exterior zip pocket
  • Machine straps
  • Combination lock
  • Built-­‐in clips for attaching to embroidery unit bag
  • PFAFF® logo name tag
  • Nylon with vinyl leather trim
  • PFAFF® logo lining

To enter for a chance to win, simply answer the question in the comments section below:

“Where would you like to take your machine?”

Congratulations to Michelle H!  Michelle won yesterday’s prize of the Husqvarna Viking design pack Cute and Cuddly! We will be in contact with you shortly!

Visit the Creative Machine Embroidery blog Monday to find out if you won today’s prize, and for another chance to win!

Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 3

So happy you are taking part in the 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways from Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery! Let’s not lose a minute and get to today’s prize!

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Today we’re giving away a dress form from SINGER!

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Singer Dress Form Actual prize may differ in color.

Take your sewing to the next level by using a sturdy dress form. Goes without saying how useful having a dress form is. Plus, one that is adjustable and can be used for multiple body types is beyond handy for the avid seamstress.

An ideal sewing companion, this fully adjustable dress form allows for pattern adjustments before cutting, better fittings and alterations, and an opportunity to creatively work with fabrics and see how they will drape and hang on the body. Twelve dials make it easy to change the dimensions of the body, including settings at the neck for smooth collars and necklines.

The height also adjusts, and a hem gauge comes included to mark the hemline for skirts and dresses. In addition, the unit’s blue fabric cover makes it possible to pin items onto the form. The form requires basic assembly, but no tools are required.

Measurements:

  • Bust: 33 – 41 inches / 84 – 104 centimeters
  • Waist: 25 – 33 inches / 64 – 84 centimeters
  • Hips: 36 – 44 inches / 91 – 112 centimeters
  • Neck / Back: 15+ inches / 38+ centimeters

All you have to do to enter to win this prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“What is the hardest area to fit for you?”

And, the winner from yesterday’s contest is Darlene J! Darlene I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Visit the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to find out if you won today’s prize, and for another chance to win!

Jill

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Starts Now!

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I love this time of year, from November 1st to the New Year feels so festive and full of warmth. It makes me want to sit around with a mug of tea wearing an ugly sweater and start stitching!

To share our love of sewing and in the spirit of the holidays, we’re giving you a chance to win a fantastic (seriously AWESOME) prize each day for the next 12 (business) days. All you have to do is tune in to the blog here (or the Creative Machine Embroidery blog) each day and answer a simple question. One winner will be chosen each day–it could be you!!

Today we’re giving away a presser foot and accessories case from Husqvarna Viking. HV binder case open 1024x904 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Starts Now!Label, organize, store and travel with your presser feet and accessories neatly tucked away in this beautiful binder.

HV binder case 794x1024 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Starts Now!It would make a great gift for a sewist in your life–but let’s be real, it would make a great gift for you, too!

All you have to do to enter to win this great prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“Do you take your sewing traveling with you?”

One spring break in college, I took my machine and fabric on a trip to Chicago so I could finish up my final projects in the hotel. It was an endeavor to pack everything up and keep it organized! But honestly, that was almost my favorite part of the trip. Do you sew on-the-go?

Visit the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to find out if you won today’s prize, and for another chance to win!

Good luck and Happy Sewing! icon smile 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Starts Now!

~Nicki

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