So here I am 30 years later and I am finally the proud owner of my very own pair of pinking shears! Why did I break down and buy them? Well it has to do with this terrible taffeta I am working with. While I love the sheen and look of the fabric- I hate working with it. It runs easily and is very unforgiving. I think I mentioned in my last post that I have resorted to using a fine ballpoint needle to sew it with. It still runs, but to the seam allowance only, so far anyway.
I only paid about $14 total for the fabric, so I guess there is my first clue that it might not be high quality. The funny thing is- I wasn't looking to save money- I just liked the color and the polka dots. Now I wish I had gone with the silk duiponi I was eyeing (the problem there was I couldn't decide on a color.)
Oh- I digress- back to the pinking shears. The reason for the pinking shears is that after a little research, I deducted that the best way to finish the seams and to help stop any unraveling- is to use pinking shears. My serger is out of whack and frankly I am scared to let it touch the taffeta. I would use french seams, but since the fabric is so unforgiving- I was afraid of making a big mistake with the combination of princess seams sewn with french seams. I am sure that it IS doable? I just don't trust myself to that one.
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Wish me luck. I have less than two weeks now. The good news is, I have several back-up (RTW) dresses on hand.