Shaping

  • Work on a surface that will take pins, such as a bed, carpet, or large foam cushion. Beds are good because you can sit on them - and it's more comfortable than kneeling on the floor. Use ironing boards only for small items.
  • Cover pinning surface with clean cloth. A checked cloth helps in keeping straight lines, but avoid small checks because they are confusing.
  • Use long glass-headed pins and half-push them only.
  • Improve fabric texture as much as you can.
  • Respect the fabric's natural tendencies. Although you may want to eliminate excessive curling, do not expect a curly fabric to become perfectly flat!

Classy clickers... know that cotton, lace, limp yarns and heavy decorative work may benefit from starching.

Classy clickers... know that cotton, lace, limp yarns and heavy decorative work may benefit from starching.

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