Franceska Creations
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Tips on recycling neckties and on clothing construction for quilters from an award-winning designer.
fax: 231-223-7166
PO Box 54, Old Mission, Michigan 49673
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Embellishments from ties

Silk neckties make beautiful 3-D embellishments.  I often use them along with Clover's yo-yo makers to make silky circles that keep their shape indefinitely.  Beads or buttons can be added to the center of smaller yo-yos to add sparkle.  There are instructions to be found for fabric flowers that are easy to make.  Try some from recycled neckties!

Fitting a collar

Because a collar is sewn to a curved edge, it can be difficult to fit if the neck edge is not properly prepared. To prepare the neck edge for a collar, you will need to "staystitch". This means sewing about 1/8" inside the seam line of the neck edge as a first step. Then you will clip up to, but not through, the stitching at 3/4" intervals. This allows the neck edge to open up to almost a straight edge that you can easily fit the collar, hood, or other neckline addition.



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