Well that’s not the best picture, but you get the idea, Belt Loops using the CPX900!
I have a folder to attached to my CPX900 but I was in a hurry; not wanting to march up the ol’ learning curve. So I started these belt loops using my normal proceedure. That is I cut a strip on grain 1.75″ wide and as long as I can get. There’s usually a short section between the front and back pant leg, close to 18″ long that works well. Allowing for error, I cut two pieces that length. Then I go to the ironing board. I have a cork board hanging next to the ironing board on which I hang tools frequently used with the iron. The 1″ tape maker lives on that board.
If you haven’t seen these, Nancy’s Notions has a free instructional video.
I run my tape through, allowing it to form the folds while I’m pressing them. Usually I go to the sewing machine and stitch both sides. My problem is stitching evenly along the edge. I’m sure to wobble along the line creating an amaturish looking strip.
This time the CPX was already set up for top stitching jeans. I wobbled at the sewing machine a couple of times — you can’t blame my Ruby. Every machine has trouble with such uneven bulk . So I wobbled a couple of times and thought, “what about doing this at the CPX?”
I left the hemming guide in place (it’s usually on the CPX) but adjust it to help guide the strip under the foot. Then I just stitched to the end. Inserted the next strip and stiched it too.
Amazing! I was done in 2 minutes.
The back (on top) doesn’t look too neat but it’s doesn’t get seen so why worry? The front is acceptable, especially for a first attempt. In the future I would want to cut my strips 1.25 or 1.5″ wide instead of the 1.75″. Other than that, this was an easy way to make belt loops. I definitely need to try out the folder.
Note: I make belt loops in strips and then cut to length. For this jean pattern, they are cut 3.5″ long. Unused, or badly stitched pieces are discarded.
Whats In the CookBook
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