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Back in November, I asked for help regarding pre-pleated fabric. A number of you offered advice, so I took the plunge and bought 2 yards. It sat all winter and spring, waiting for the right pattern (and for me to get brave enough). The April BWOF had the perfect pattern (#122), and my brain finally made the connection last week. With Sandra Betzina by my side (the book "More Fabric Savvy", that is) I tackled that poly-blend into submission, and came out with this lovely blouse today.
I used 1/2" wide tape on every seam allowance to hold the pleats in place, and removed it immediately after stitching. It held very well, and released easily when removed (except where I stitched through it, but even then I was able to remove every last piece of it). You can't use any type of fusible with this fabric, it will press the pleats right out, so tape was my only option! Also, I used a stretch needle (ballpoint might've worked, too) as the Universal recommended by Betzina wouldn't get through the fibers well enough to catch the bobbin thread! After solving that problem, it was clear sailing!
If you want more details and photos, you'll have to see my blog post on it, which is right here.
Thanks to ThreadKoe, Kharmin and Josefly for your tips and advice, I really appreciate it!
Kristine in Michigan