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Pattern Alterations with the New Table

Pattern Altering Table

Pattern Altering Table

A sewing client wants me to alter a skirt pattern for her.

I rough cut the pieces and used a very hot iron to smooth them first.

Here’s where I encountered a problem with the fusible pellon grid.

The iron I use for this purpose is an older iron that gets very, very hot but doesn’t produce steam anymore. I find my newer iron just doesn’t get hot enough to iron all the creases out of pattern paper (maybe I dropped it one time too many?).

After ironing the first pattern piece, I found it stuck to the fusible pellon grid. The glue had “leaked” through the pellon just enough to stick tissue paper to the top side of it. Luckily it wasn’t stuck too much and I was able to get it off with only a couple of tiny tears. I lowered the heat on the iron a little and then I didn’t have this problem again.

Close-up Pattern Paper Fused to Table

Close-up Pattern Paper Fused to Table

I’m wondering if this happened because the cork on the table top isn’t absorbent so the glue had nowhere to go but up through the pellon?

Or, maybe the iron was just too hot?

Regardless, the table with the pellon grid worked wonderfully after this.

I’m making a copy of this pattern at the same time as re-sizing it. Here I have a roll of tissue paper with the pattern piece on top all pinned to the table awaiting tracing.

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