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Marching Bands, Twirlers, and A Sewing Tip

October 17th, 2010


When I started to high school, I took a class in sewing. One of my classmates was an upperclassman who was also a twirler in our marching band. Modern marching bands seem to have color guards instead of twirlers. Our band had four twirlers who marched in front of the band and did interesting things with their twirling batons. The twirlers also got to wear very attractive short costumes instead of the clunky band uniforms that the rest of us had to wear.

The twirler in my sewing class was a very nice person, but I was new to high school and band. I was in awe of her. When she gave the class a sewing tip, I took her seriously. She suggested using a contrasting thread when hand basting a seam, before sewing it on the machine. She thought that the basting thread was easy to remove after the seam had been sewn, because the contrast made it easier to see.

I took her tip as a royal command. I used her basting method for years. Then I realized that sometimes I caught the basting thread with my machine stitches. When this situation occurred, the caught thread was very difficult to remove. If I didn’t spend a lot of time with tweezers removing the thread, it was a visible mistake. The contrasting thread color showed up very well. Sometimes hand basting stitches in the tiny doll clothes don’t need to be removed at all, if the thread color matches. Now I use matching thread when I baste doll clothes. However, if you think the contrasting thread trick is a better method of basting, please use it.


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