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    Tie-making

    My husband wants me to make him a tie from some material of his mother's. I've found a pattern and am doing a try-out on some scrap of similar weight, but can't get the point right. I'm following but with no success. Any suggestions?

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    How many pieces of interfacing did you choose to include? If you used two, is it bulking out too much at the tip? If you have none at all in your dummy run, or a material that's too soft, then that may be leaving the tip too flexible and curling. It needs to be actively supported from the inside.

    I've never found relying on size to stiffen the interfacing is a good long-term solution, the tie always seems to lose its form fairly quickly unless you have a really firm linen (that's my preference) inside. Bookbinding has a similar challenge in that regard.

    If that's not it, maybe you could describe the problem in finer detail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot
    How many pieces of interfacing did you choose to include? If you used two, is it bulking out too much at the tip? If you have none at all in your dummy run, or a material that's too soft, then that may be leaving the tip too flexible and curling. It needs to be actively supported from the inside.

    I've never found relying on size to stiffen the interfacing is a good long-term solution, the tie always seems to lose its form fairly quickly unless you have a really firm linen (that's my preference) inside. Bookbinding has a similar challenge in that regard.

    If that's not it, maybe you could describe the problem in finer detail?
    Did'nt expect that one!

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    Did'nt expect that one!
    You might be right, Abbey - I suppose, thinking about it, that Tigerlily might be using shop-bought interfacing but I've never got on well with that either. It's far less easy to stich to than linen, for one thing, and I always find it has a tendency to poke through if the edge cut leaves the warp and weft exposed. Far too bristly, in my experience. Everyone surely has enough cut-off linen scrap for this sort of thing, without paying for something specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot
    You might be right, Abbey - I suppose, thinking about it, that Tigerlily might be using shop-bought interfacing but I've never got on well with that either. It's far less easy to stich to than linen, for one thing, and I always find it has a tendency to poke through if the edge cut leaves the warp and weft exposed. Far too bristly, in my experience. Everyone surely has enough cut-off linen scrap for this sort of thing, without paying for something specific.
    Marry me Spot.

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    If you wont marry Abbey, Spot, perhaps you'll let out a particularly tight pair of trousers for me

    Your talents never fail to impress me

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArnoldLayne
    If you wont marry Abbey, Spot, perhaps you'll let out a particularly tight pair of trousers for me
    What I found easiest when I opened a suitcase a few months ago and found trousers I'd last worn aged 19 was to not even think of trying. They went to the Sally Ann over the main road. The jacket, on the other hand, I did try. My arms seem to have expanded. My younger son now wears it, and very good he looks in it too.

    Abbey, my less salubrious habits would have me ousted from your presence within hours, honest. We'd do so much better sat where we are, sighing occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot

    Abbey, my less salubrious habits would have me ousted from your presence within hours, honest. We'd do so much better sat where we are, sighing occasionally.
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    Um, okay, from a more handyman-ish point of view: how about getting an old or cheap tie and carefully taking it apart, noting how it was assembled. The fancy term is reverse engineering. You can be a tie engineer.

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    I think that's what I'll have to do.

    I can see a number of you have taken my query as an opportunity for a bit of flirting. And why not. Unexpected, though!!!!!

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