STOF & STIL PATTERNS

Ready-cut vlies patterns:
All pattern parts arrive already cut out in lightweight vlies and include seam allowances, making them simple to pin and cut out. The material is easy to cut, making it simple to adjust a pattern, for instance to shorten or trim.The patterns are extremely sturdy, allowing them to be reused again and again.

Because the patterns arrive already cut, you must select the correct size using our measurement charts before purchasing.

Occasionally our patterns, including some free and downloadable ones, are printed on paper and should be either traced or enlarged. We sell plain and squared pattern paper which can be used for this.

Markings
Please pay close attention to the markings on the pattern pieces. Drill holes in the middle of the pattern pieces indicate the grainline for arranging the pattern piece on to your fabric, as well as the position of pockets, pleats and darts.

Notches are used to show where to turn up the hem, or where two pieces should be aligned when sewing a seam.

When you unpack your pattern, take care to mark all drill holes, using the enclosed instructions for guidance. The pattern pieces should also be numbered at this stage.




WHAT NEEDLE SHOULD YOU USE?

The correct choice of needle will impact the results of your sewing project, as will the stitch length you select on your machine.

For reference, we offer the following guidelines:
For delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk, we recommend a size 70 needle. Medium-weight fabrics such as canvas, satin, linen, etc., require a size 80 needle. For heavy fabrics such as wool, denim, etc., we recommend a size 90 needle or a specialist denim needle. A good ‘all-round’ universal needle, which will handle most fabrics well, is a size 80 needle.

A stretch or ballpoint needle is a good choice for jersey and other stretch fabrics.

Ensure that your needle is not blunt or bent, as this could punch small holes in the fabric as it sews, and result in uneven seams.

Generally, seams should be first sewn with a straight stitch before neatening the raw edge with a zig zag or overlock stitch. This also strengthens the seam. Pressing the seam open after sewing will ensure crisp results.

Select a shorter stitch length for loosely woven fabrics, or those that fray. Stretch fabrics can be seamed with an overlocker or a narrow zig zag stitch.  

Loosely woven fabrics, or those that fray are best sewn with a shorter stitch length. For best results, perform a test on a scrap of fabric before beginning your project.