That's pretty much my approach, too, Wanda. Anything to get more made, quicker. That is, when I get done dinking around on the computer...!
I bought a ton of the clips from Radio Shack this weekend, after discovering that Orchard Supply only had them available in very pricey packs of, like, five. They work well but I HATE HATE HATE unpinning while I sew -- talk about getting slowed down! -- which I think Judi or Laura said they do with their clips. It's just not for me. So to circumvent that annoyance, I changed my sewing foot from the normal one to a narrow one, allowing me to sew right around the edges without removing the clips at all until I finished.
I found the clips particularly wonderful for attaching footpads (see PRECIOUS). Before, I would tack the pads on in at least four but usually six places, and then either machine stitch or backstitch (depending on size.) But with these clips and for PRECIOUS, I just put a ton of them around the edges and ran everything through my machine without a single tacking stitch at all! Worked like a charm!
I have never used a regular foot on my sewing machine when stitching bears. I can't see where I'm going at the curves. So I always use a zipper foot. It is small and you have a clear view of your seam allowance. I guess I thought everyone used the zipper foot and was surprised to see Laura using what looked like a buttonhole foot which is clear plastic and does give one a better view.
I adjust so that the needle is coming down on the right side of the foot (while seated and facing your sewing machine), so I'm hoping with the clips, I can sew without the pinning and perhaps without taking out the pins.
My sewing machine repairman always reprimands me about sewing over the pins. Well, sometimes it can't be helped. Hee hee.
I do pin and baste my heads as I want the nose to be as perfect as I can get it. A lot can be covered up with the stitching of the nose, but I like to start with it straight. And I usually baste the footpads so I can get a symetrical shape without zigs or zags that usually show up when I start to stuff the foot or paw. I know this takes time, but the first thing a collector sees is that cute little head and I think it is time well spent. I'll just have to find faster methods for other steps in the process.
Wanda..I started using the zipper foot years ago because I had problems with my maching keeping to a 1/4" seam...now I know for sure that all the seams are the same...
Hmmm, Funny....I sew so the foot rides along the fabric raw edge ( on the right) ..... so my needle stitches on the LEFT of the foot.......OH NO ! Not another opposite from you thing I do !!!! Watch out for Shelli..she's gonna come along with a big stick to whack me with...LOL..
OOPs...I just went and looked at my machine, I'm wrong.......my needle sews right thru the middle of that foot
( there is a slot cut out there ) so...the edge of the foot runs about 1/8 " away for the raw edge of the fabric. WHEW ! Now, I won't get whacked.....but that foot works really well...especially around curves ....Winney
I think you're all nuts. :D:D:D
I've been using a regular old metal foot. I can't see a thing. Laughing here...
Actually, on some of my pieces I actually DRAW -- with Micron pen -- the 1/4" seam allowance so I get it perfect and don't have to rely on my eye, or on the sewing foot. I do this around the muzzle, up to about where the eyes would insert... and also, on the footpads and pawpads. It keeps me '"in line." If you'll pardon the pun.
I didn't even think to use the zipper foot before I was forced to with that alligator clip purchase last weekend, although I can't really say why not. (PS Until Wanda mentioned it, I didn't know it was called a "zipper foot." That pretty much tells you, right there, how many zippers I've installed.) It just didn't occur to me.
And I'm not all that adept at sewing in general (or at least I wasn't before bearmaking,) so I forgot that a person can adjust the needle to sew left, middle, or right of the foot. I might have to try out that way of yours, Wanda, with the needle to the edge. I can eyeball a 1/4" seam allowance fairly reliably at this point.
See... on this board, ya learn something new every day!
And I'm not all that adept at sewing in general (or at least I wasn't before bearmaking,)
Speaking of what Shelli said.... how many of us have families that think we can quickly and easily alter clothing just because we can make bears??? (I detest altering clothing and usually just wing it! .... need to finish altering my daughter's prom dress today...)