I have a few sewing type questions that I thought I would put out there in the hopes of someone more experienced being able to give me (and maybe others too) advice on any of them.
– I want to start sewing myself and perhaps Dave some clothes. Do you make clothes? Do you find a serger/overlocker essential? I’m not sure I’d trust my seams without one but they are crazy expensive. (BTW if any kiwis know of a free or cheap one CALL ME). Not sure I could pull off zigzagging on my normal machine or french seams without making screw ups in the measurements.
– Same question for rotary cutters. They cost like $50 here for a good one and thats a lot of money for what is basically rolly scissors. Essential, useful, very time saving for cutting out fabric? Or just nice to have if you can? I’m planning (despite saying I would never ever EVER make a quilt) to make a quilt which will require a lot of cutting. It’s going to be big enough that the cat will not be able to steal all the bloody covers at night and leave us both open to a sudden breeze! And that is quite a big quilt indeed.
– What do you use for interfacing in bags? I know flannel is recommended by some people but I’ve only found it adds bulk and no stability at all. I hate iron on stuff, it tends to wrinkle the fabric and I don’t think you can wash it. I was thinking about sew in interfacing but can you wash it? Or maybe a thick plain canvas or cotton duck if I can find any. It’s like ice cream flavours – sometimes there’s too many options!
– Any good sewing blogs, books or patterns you can recommend? I have a sewing machine, I took sewing in high school but beyond toys/booties/bibs etc I’m not very confident and I want to change that. I feel silly having a $590 sewing machine and only using it to make little toys.