May 24, 2017

The lazy close

Greetings!  My furnace is still running!  Days and days of more rain coming so Mark is planting the garden today, in the mud, before it turns to swamp.
Several of you asked over time about gluing the seam instead of hand sewing. My closing seams never look good, always a little open and thread is usually visible.  Pushing the needle through linen and backing is also hard on my arthritis, so glue to the rescue.  Many posts ago I told of the brand I always used, but no more.  I switched to Aleene's Tacky and find it superior in many ways.
Since I fuse interfacing, it is easy to fold over and finger crease the edge to the inside, and once measured correctly (with the Dritz sewing gauge Sherry, found on the notions wall), I fold and press the backing too so it is creased and ready to close. 

Most times I pull the backing fabric over the fill because it gets in the way of the glue.  Using an artist brush or any narrow applicator, apply the glue directly beneath the crease on the back's fabric.  Push the overlap/fill down inside so the creases line up, use the little clips to hold. 
The clear side has more grippers which indent the fabric so I use the red side on the linen, the very very edge. 
Only takes a few minutes, remove, and then push the fabrics toward the seam to release any outside fabric that may be caught in the glue.  Done.  Any missed spots or corners?  Add a tiny bit with a toothpick and clip.
Perfectly neat seam with no gaps or wonky threads.  The piece is already steamed lightly to create the density, and I will add a little more fill for the bottom corners before closing,
then use a long and sturdy needle to push it in place from the back.  Just stick it in at an angle and bend back to move the fill.
That's the way of the lazy stitcher.
I have all Vista Bubble Gum petunias but also purchased one in the new brighter pink.  It also kind of glows at dusk.
Have a good day!


Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hey lady, Thanks for sharing this one. Sounds like a great idea to me.
Enjoy the day.
Folk Art Hugs,

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
You sure do know how to use the glue!! Thanks for sharing! I also love that brand and am always happy with the results! I wish I could send you some of your weather....107 here today!
Your flowers are just beautiful, too!
Hope it warms up AND dries up soon!
Heart Hugs~

Janet said...

Beautiful petunias....😊

Janet said...

Beautiful petunias....😊

Vickie said...

Lots of rain here too. My petunias don't like it! Yours look super! Especially with Bud. ;)

Rugs and Pugs said...

You are so full of knowledge and so willing to share.
Rainy here in northern Ohio, too.
Gorgeous petunias.
Hugs :)

CathieJ said...

I like your glued seam. I have used Alene's fabric glue for many years and find great for all my needs. I usually sew my seams, but I like how neat your seam looks. We are supposed to have rain here for the next four days except for Saturday. I think that will be when I buy and plant my flowers. I love those bright pink petunias.

Barb said...

I have the same issues with finishing, what a great idea you have shared. Thanks so much. I even have some of that glue. The petunias look beautiful!

C. M. Designs said...

I love your idea of using glue. Will do that next time.
Your petunias and deer are beautiful.
It's raining cats and dogs here today.........rained yesterday and the day before.
I hear we're getting more rain next week.
How are your hostas ? Mine are enormous because of all of the rain.
Charlotte in Va.

Annmarie said...

Your flowers always look amazing. LOVE them! Thanks for sharing your special finishing.

Carol said...

Will have to give your glued seams a try one of these days!

I am SO sick of this horrid weather. The sun is attempting to come out down here, but it sure doesn't seem like the end of May!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Wow those flowers are gorgeous!

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