Impossible? That’s what I thought, Lovelies, and why I kept putting off the task. Probably the rest of you know already, but its a discovery for me.
Yesterday I had a nothing-matches-these-trousers crisis.
“Oh, yeah,” I thought. “There’s that RTW tan 3/4-length sleeve tee that I never wear (face of shame) because I hate the sleeve length.”
Immediate crisis averted by my orange renfrew, I decided to let down those sleeves. Not a pleasant prospect. Grimly, I went for it.
Collecting my seam ripper & short nippers (see reference at end), and after downloading a recent BBC Women’s Hour podcast to sweeten the task, the ripping began.
After inserting the ripper on the right side of the double stitches I saw how much the pressure to cut the threads tightened the threads on either side, making it more difficult to get the ripper into the next stitches. Hm.
As I had my thread nippers I tried them. Perfect. I was quickly round the first sleeve, nipping every other set of stitches.
On the criss-crossed (bobbin) side, remembering a recent, seemingly endless battle with a seam ripper, I decided to keep going with the nippers.
Again, they worked beautifully. I cut down the centre of the criss-crossed bobbin threads.
Then the fun part: Pulling out all those short threads. Apart from static cling, everything went quickly.
Success and one sleeve done!
A quick break for a cuppa, and the second sleeve was done before the podcast ended.
As this is an old tee I don’t mind the un-hemmed look, and am chuffed to have it done.
PS/Did I mention that Vogue’s having a sale? Maybe I shouldn’t… forget I mentioned it.
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