Trimming And Grading Seams

| July 14, 2010

          Depending on their location or shape, some seams require additional steps, other than pressing, to give them the desired professional look.  When doing any of these techniques, consider the fabric type carefully.  One that doesn’t ravel can be trimmed closer to the seam line than one that does ravel.  Keep clipping or notching to […]

Seam Techniques – Part A

| June 30, 2010

          When two seams to be joined are uneven in length, the longer edge must be drawn in to fit the shorter side.  This is done, depending on the degree of adjustment, by easing or gathering, as shown.           Slight ease is the type that might be needed along the back side of a shoulder […]

How To Make A Seam

| June 16, 2010

          The seam is the basic element of any garment and must be made with care.   Although 5/8” is the standard seam width, always check your pattern for required width in special seaming situations.  Some types of fabric, such as spandex or tricot will only require small seam allowances, so always check the pattern guideline.  […]

When Two Seams to be Joined Are Uneven in Length…….

| May 2, 2009

When sewing garments that require joining two seams that are uneven in length, there are three different seam techniques that you could consider.  Keep in mind the “difference” between the two seam lengths will be determined by where the seaming is being used – if it’s for fullness along a yoke line, or decorative stitching […]