This is something that I dealt with in some detail in my RSN piece – my koala was very “heavy” on the brick couch!
I tend to pull my deck stitches a little too tight. But Lucy had some great words of wisdom here that can be translated into any piece you are working on! Since we were working on a slate frame and the fabric is so tight, there is no reason to pull your stitches tight. When sewing on tight fabric like this, you shouldn’t really pull your stitches much. Just enough so that the thread can slide through the fabric.
I had problems with the different turned edges again. But after several tries, I had a much better idea of what I was doing! That’s the great thing about learning from SFSNAD – There is no “wrong stitch” – only “learning stitches”! It was also interesting to use the three different edge turning techniques and learn when it was best to use the different options.
Since dipping was a small nemesis for my koala with the number of tying back ends, it was really great to get some dipping and tying back tips that make sure your work is stable and safe, but also means that you don’t go crazy like me if you have a large number to do.
Here I also learned that I never want to use Japanese thread again! After using the various sofa threads, the Japanese thread looked and felt very “hard”.
It was also great to learn about the different properties of the threads, how they are made and how these properties are used as design elements. This would have been great information when I was designing my koala, since I would probably have changed the placement of some threads so that they would have started in a more “attractive” way in old age than they actually would.
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