Shop Talk: ALL FACE MASK INFO
For Face Mask inspiration from our other post from April 3rd, 2020, click here.
If you are are just getting started and would like to join the Face Mask drive along with your Featherweight 221 or 222 then you will find patterns, tutorials and many other links to help you begin.
- Disclaimer: Home sewn face masks are not considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cannot prevent the spread of any virus or disease. Please read the CDC article in Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks for more detailed information.
- Please check with the Covid Mask Crafters website for detailed instructions on how you can get involved in sewing for your local community, facemask donation needs or even to make requests for your medical facilty.
3. Fabric selection makes a difference. Click here to learn which types filter best.
More Pattern Links and Tutorials:
Riley Blake Face Mask Pattern + Tutorial
This is the pattern and face mask style that April made for her family. The only change she made for quicker tie assembly was to increase her fabric cut to 10" x WOF (width of fabric). See her photos far below.
With Elastic Bands (only if you happen to have elastic on hand, because there is now a worldwide shortage):
With Fabric Ties:
Face Mask Ties
On our Singer Featherweight Facebook group recently, Cyndi Pride posted a video tutorial showing her quick way of making ties using the vintage Singer Binding Attachment. So, be sure to check your vintage box of Singer Attachments for either the original Bias Binder or the Multi-Slotted Binder with Guide Pins, and explore their use following her helpful demonstrations.
Cyndi's Pattern Choice: Fu Face Mask Pattern
As state above, the Riley Blake tutorial and template is the pattern April used because of how it covers the N-95 masks as well as for general use, it has the option of several layers, plus a filter, for even more protection.
From the Riley Blake website --
"With all of the information floating around, you may be confused as to whether you should be sewing cloth face masks. We found this ARTICLE to be helpful.
'If you think that a handmade mask cannot be used, think again. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a place for them — in times of crisis, like the one we are in right now. On the CDC page: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks, they explain that as a last resort, a homemade mask is acceptable. Frankly, we are at that stage right now....'"
I decided to make the Riley Blake face mask with the three layers, one of the layers being designated for the inside pocket. My thought was, "more layers, more protection". I know the mask is not virus or disease foolproof, but for me and my family, some barrier is better than no barrier when going to the grocery store or Costco, pumping gasoline, or should we ever need to visit the doctor's office. Cindy Cloward's video tutorial above is extremely helpful, so I would advise you to follow along with her as you sew. I am including a few photos that I took while I was sewing, just so you could have some close-ups of some of the process.
The instructions indicate to cut an 8" x WOF piece to make one mask. And, if you are wanting to be frugal with fabric or get as much use as possible out of the least amount of fabric, you can totally do it in the 8 inches. This does require that one tie be pieced together, however. I did not want to take the time to do that, so I added two inches to my fabric measurement and cut the fabric 10" x WOF. I then was able to quickly cut two full-length strips, one for each face mask tie.
Mark your darts using a fabric pencil that stands out against your fabric color. The Sewline Trio Colors pencil, includes pink, which is perfect for this black marbled fabric. The longest dart is for the nose and the shortest dart is for the chin.
Chain-piecing the inner pocket lining hems.
In the photo above, the inner pocket lining is hemmed and the outer two layers have their nose and chin darts sewn. Now it's time to baste all layers together.
Basting all layers in place.
Who says you can't have a cute and fashionable mask? Each one was personally selected by me to suit the person's taste and style.
Once your layers are all basted, it is time to mark, pin and sew the pleats. Again, using my Sewline Trios Color pencil for an appropriate color to mark my fabric.
Pin the pleats to hold them in place before stitching.
You can either baste the pleats or leave them pinned for the next step of sewing the side binding pieces. I chose to baste the pleats first, so I didn't have to fuss with pins.
For the ties, press and fold as instructed in the video tutorial above. When it's time to sew the straps to the mask, I like to prepare the tie ends first for a seamless finish when sewn together. To do this, and with minimal bulk, unfold the pressed binding ties all the way and cut the tip at a 45 degree angle so it forms a point at the top of the center fold.
Fold the point down to just beyond the angle cut on the side.
Then fold and raw edge sides of the ties or binding to the center as shown in the photo above. Fold together one last time so that no raw edges are exposed, and press again to form the tie for sewing to the mask.
Stitch each tie to the mask's top and bottom edges.
OPTIONAL: For an adjustable nose bridge - insert pipe cleaner, plastic twist tie or other pattern recommendation into the top fold of the tie before sewing it to the mask.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being some of the first to volunteer your Singer Featherweight time!