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1. When choosing where to leave the gap for turning the Wings right side out, I like to use the bottom of the right wing tip just past the curve of the tip where there is a straight spot. I reverse the pin that will indicate stop sewing here at the top of the opening and I begin my sewing at the bottom of the gap.
2. Clip all around the Wings before turning especially around the wing tips and into any places where you made a sharp corner. Then I reach into the gap and grab the inside of the opposite wing tip. Usually one good shake or a couple gentle pulls along the length of the Wings inverts them. Then, I go around the Wings pulling the seams apart gently to insure that I didn’t miss some edges and also to prepare the Wings for the Top Stitching.
3. Do the top stitching before the hearts. I don’t use pins for the top stitching. I go slowly and apply gentle pressure holding the edge of the opposite side the Wing to ensure that no puckering gets stitched down and that the edges haven’t rolled back in on themselves.
4. Make a guide pattern to use for sewing the stitches from the top to the bottom of the Wings to make the first heart shape. A guide made from pellon has worked well for me in the shape of a half heart. That way I can pin it to the Wings in the appropriate place depending on the size of Wings I’ve made, Adult, Youth or Baby and let the pressure foot follow along the guide to make a perfect line.
5. Make a second guide pattern of a complete heart with it’s center cut out to allow you to sew using both the inside and the outside of the heart to sew two of the 3 hearts inside the larger heart created by the first tip above. When you pin it one the Wings you can adjust the length on the heart to the size of Wings if necessary by folding a small amount of the right and left bottom halves of the heart and pinning them down.
6. Use the pattern for the pocket to make the third heart pinning it inside the center of the heart cut away guide. You may also want to make a separate guide pattern by modifying a pocket pattern, making the top of the heart shape a little deeper.
7. Have the verse silk screened onto fabric so you can sew it onto the Wings instead of using a card and pinning it on. You can use it as a pocket, heart in center back, or anywhere you want to sew it onto the Wings.
8. Use your front fabric as the pattern for the backing and cut them with wrong sides together and use your serger to put them together. This eliminates the turning, clipping and top stitching around the edges. Using the serger method you can make a pair of adult Wings in about 45 minutes.
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