Finishing It Off
Just a quick reminder on what happens when you finish your stitched design. Following these quick and easy suggestions will help ensure that your finishing is a pleasant and fruitful experience.
- Double-check your work and make sure all stitching is complete.
- Check threads on the back of the project and trim or weave under loose ends. This becomes incredibly important when sewing a project since loose threads can wind up in your sewing machine and can cause a lot of stress...and heartbreak.
- Check for any dirt or stains. If you need to launder the stitched piece, refer to the laundering steps in the Aug. 21 newsletter.
- Check for frayed fabric threads along edges; trim carefully, staying with the grain of the fabric. Frayed fabric threads can be another joy-killer in finishing.
- See the previous newsletter for ironing guidelines; this is another very important step in finishing. No amount of tugging when you're sewing will fix a wrinkle, and a quick simple press of a hot iron works wonders. And I suggest leaving that iron out and ready to be turned back on while you're sewing a project. It saves time rather than having to get it back out every single time you wrinkle your project.