Saturday, January 6, 2018

how to sew on snaps...

in which our plucky heroine proves an aphorism correct...

My father has a habit of saying "if you don't ask, you don't get", and lately I have been doing better at remembering that sometimes the easiest way to find something out is to ask someone who knows. The neat and tidy way that Alabama Chanin garments stitch on snaps has been baffling me ever since I took a close look at the photos. Even after I posted my questions to my cohorts over at Stitchers Guild, there was no consensus, and no clear path forward. Although it will be a while before my cardigan is at the point of needing the front fasteners attached, it seemed a suddenly brilliant idea when I thought to actually contact them and ask!! Surprisingly quickly, a helpful email came back to me, with just the directions I was hoping for, very clear and specific:
  • Tie an anchor knot in the thread (just a simple knot that you will later cut off)
  • On the inside of the garment (side that will have the snap and not the square of thread), run needle between fabric layers, starting 1" away from where the snap will be sewn and coming out at the spot where the snap will be. Tie a double knot here.
  • Run the needle between the layers again, coming out (still on the inside of the garment) where you want one of the four corners of the snap's stitched square to be.
  • From the under side of the snap, sew through one of the holes of the snap. So that you are wrapping the thread around the outside of the snap, stitch all the way through the garment at the same spot where your thread has come out of the fabric. Your needle and thread should now be on the "right side" of the garment.
  • Make a horizontal or vertical stitch (whichever direction around the snap you're going) the distance from snap hole to snap hole; make sure the needle is going through the next snap hole without the fabric becoming too tight or bunched on the "right side" before pulling all the way through.
  • Once you've stitched through the next snap hole, wrap the thread around the outside of the snap by putting the needle back through the same spot in the garment; look at the "right side" of the garment to make sure the needle is going through at the same spot before pulling it all the way through.
  • Continue these steps until you've gone all the way around the snap twice. The key is to look at both sides of the garment before pulling the needle and thread all the way through to make sure you're in the right spot to create a square.
  • Tie a double knot on the inside of the garment close to the snap and hide your thread by running it between the garment's layers.
  • Cut off the initial anchor knot to hide the first double knot's tail.

    January SMART goals (x=extra)
    1 A/C cardigan back worm bin beddingbad corduroy
    2 - restring amber Laurel-
    3 - - -
    4 - - -
    5 -- -
    6 x x x
    7 x x x
    8 x x x
    9 x x x
    10 x x x
    11 x x x
    12 x x x
    13 x x x
    14 x x x
    15 x x x

    Today I am grateful for Tri-Met... however less than pleasant riding public transit, it is far better than not having such a comparatively robust local system, that allows me to access much of what I moved to an urban area to have the use of. Given enough time, I can manage to visit most of my local friends, get to needed health appointments in various surrounding locations, and whatever shopping needs to happen other than in my immediate neighborhood. Many people I know lack such a resource. In addition, I use my time spent on transit to do various kinds of handwork, either stitchery or knitting, so that the often several hours is actually moving me forward on some of my personal goals.

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