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Waistband on skirt (1)

How to Sew A Waistband

A waistband is a band around the waistline, often seen on skirts, trousers and shorts. The waistband supports the garment, keeps it in place and, for loose-fitting garments, keeps it from falling down. Waistbands can be wide or narrow, curved or straight, interfaced or not interfaced, or even elasticized! Waistbands can be cut in two pieces, one for the inner waistband and one for the outer waistband, or they can be cut as one piece that’s folded over along the top edge. Contoured waistbands hav...

How to Understitch A Facing (1)

How to Understitch A Facing

Understitching is a row of stitching on the inside edge of a garment, usually a facing, sewn to keep the seam rolled to the inside of the garment. Understitching is never visible from the right side of the garment. Unlike basting, understitching is permanent. Understitching seems like a step you could skip, and just press the garment instead, but it makes a world of difference to the crispness of your edges. ...

How to Sew Underlining (1)

How to Sew Underlining

Underlining is a layer of fabric that’s added behind the main garment fabric. It’s different from lining because instead of being sewn separately and attached around the edges, the main fabric and underlining are sewn as one. Underlining is used for sewing sheer fabrics as a backing to prevent transparency. Underlining is also used as support, to add stiffness and structure, or to change the drape of the main fabric. ...

How to Sew Tucks (1)

How to Sew Tucks

Tucks are stitched folds of fabric used as decorative details or to hold fullness in place. Tucks can be narrow or wide, sewn in groups or as a single tuck. Pintucks are tiny tucks sewn in fabric that create a little ridge on the surface of the fabric. Tucks are more stable when sewn on the lengthwise grain of the fabric but can also be sewn on the crosswise grain or on the bias. ...

How to gather (2)

How to Gather

Gathering is a technique that adds fullness to a garment by joining a large piece of fabric to a smaller piece with tiny uneven pleats. Gathering is most frequently done by machine, although you can gather by hand, as well. Gathering stitches are sewn to pull up the fabric, and the gathered fabric is sewn permanently in place. ...

How to sew an abutted seam (4)

How to sew an Abutted Seam

An abutted seam is a flat seam used to join two layers of fabric without overlapping them. Instead the two layers are butted close to each other, without either layer going on top of the other. There is no seam allowance in an abutted seam; the two pieces touch along the seam line without overlapping and are sewn together with a zigzag stitch or other type of wide stitch. Seam binding or stay tape can be used to bridge the gap and strengthen the seam at the same time. ...