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HomekeepingGran
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:04:18 AM  Show Profile Send HomekeepingGran a Private Message
Everything (it seems) that I read says to use the simple three-needle bindoff for shoulder seams but to use the mattress stitch for side seams and armholes. The bindoff is much easier to master and has to be sturdy, since the shoulders bear the weight of the garment. So, why?

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Carla

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HomekeepingGran
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:13:37 AM  Show Profile Send HomekeepingGran a Private Message
Wait... never mind. Right after I posted I figured it out. Gotta have the same number of stitches for the three-needle bindoff. Duh! Ignore me, please.

Blessings,
Carla

She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands... Proverbs 31:13
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mrspeel
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  2:40:33 PM  Show Profile Send mrspeel a Private Message
Don't feel too bad - I was thinking the same thing too, but just didn't ask.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  2:45:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Mattress stitch joins sitches side to side.

3-Needle joins them top to bottom. Yes, you need equal number of stitches, but more importantly, you need stitches, not the sides of them.

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mbmoody
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  2:59:42 PM  Show Profile Send mbmoody a Private Message
I've used a three needle bindoff to join sleeves to body on a drop-sleeve aran. You leave the sleeve stitches live and pick up stitches to bind them with from the side of the body. I liked the result. I could see how the picked up stitches were spaced and spread them out evenly.
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