hello, I would like to know I'm doing wrong: I've made plenty of cats standing and the belly pattern part is lying down [horizontal postition] I have the whole pattern nicely made and then when I go to sew in the belly gusset the 2 sides of the belly don't match up sometimes, not all the time? whatever could i be doing wrong sometimes but not all the time???? I hope someone understands how I worded this question
Lying down? I'm stumped? I can't figure out how a pattern piece is lying down? My cats have about 22 pieces so I have some tricks. On the pattern I mark certain places where a sewn piece will meet with another piece. Just a black dot. Say where the top of the leg seam will meet the belly, or the front leg seam piece will meet a center piece. Just a slight different in tension of stitches or how deep your darts and gussets are can throw off where pieces meet. Also a very slightly stretchy fur can really throw things off. Having black dot matching points all along a piece, such as the belly, will help keep everything symmetric.
Perhaps with the belly gusset, you need to hand sew it. When I do head gussets I have the same problem. I solved it by tacking down in key points in the head ie: back of head, middle of head and of course the eye area and tip of nose. It keeps it from slipping and having a lopsided body part. I bet it would work for you to tack down at the arms and leg curves and other points along the way to keep it in line as you sew. That is my two cents...
Yup, what Karen said! it makes matching any piece together sooooo much easier!
One more tip. When you have a long seam to sew without any markers or way to match things together, I always start sewing at one end, get just halfway down the seam, then turn it around and sew from the other end to meet in the middle. Long seams are notorious for getting uneven and not meeting at the end!