Korean patchwork · quilts

Pojagi by machine

I have not forgotten pojagi.  I have been playing around with a technique to do it by machine.  I have developed something that is pretty authentic, but there are still a few bugs to work out.

As you can see, my biggest problem is tension.  Working with such fine fabric is new for me, and I am also experimenting with different threads.

My last problem is where to find this kind of fabric in North America.  I am going to have to go beyond my usual sewing and quilting stores to find it.

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5 thoughts on “Pojagi by machine

  1. I sure hope you’ll share your technique about how to do pojagi by machine. Your’s is looking pretty good, right now.

    When I’ve played around with it, I find if I use a tissue paper / Golden Threads tissue, under the fine silks I’m seaming, it helps stabilize the process. I’ve also learned that a fine polyester thread works better when stitching through so many layers – I thought that silk thread would be the best choice. But, it would keep breaking.

    What type of fabrics are in the sample piece above?

    Chimo,
    Jennifer

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    1. This is similar to a French seam, but not exactly. I used silk chiffon which I brought from Korea, but I will also try artificial silk, which is both easier to find and cheaper. I have used silk thread and Mettler embroidery thread, but they have the same tension issues. Maybe tissue paper or some kind of stabilizer will help. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Ebay has reasonably priced silks/chiffons/linens/muslins. Buy white and tint with fabric paints, dyes, inks, plants. Charity shops or thrift shops may have old wedding dresses which have buckets of lovely fabrics in them.. Personally I wouldn’t use artificial silks/polyesters as they are unsympathetic fabrics and don’t take colour too well. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

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