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Ladder Stitch 5

Ladder Stitch

Ladder stitch is a fabulous hand stitch that closes seams invisibly. If your prefer, you can quickly topstitch or whip stitch your turning gaps closed, but for a more professional finish I find it worth the effort to master ladder stitch. ...

Tailor’s tacks

How to Make Tailor’s Tacks

Tailor’s tacks are thread markings done by hand, to mark darts, circles and other pattern markings. Tailor’s tacks are little tufts of thread, usually in a thread color that contrasts with the fabric color. They are easily visible from both sides of the fabric, are easy to remove and don’t leave a mark! ...

How to Set in A Sleeve (2)

How to Set in A Sleeve

A set-in sleeve is a type of sleeve that is set into the armhole, rather than being cut as part of the bodice. The bodice is sewn so the armhole is a round opening, the sleeve is sewn as a tube and then the sleeve is set into the armhole. (That’s where the term set-in sleeves comes from, they are set in.) Set-in sleeves can be one-piece sleeves or two-piece sleeves. The sleeve pattern piece has a rounded curve at the top (called the sleeve cap) and narrows at the bottom. With set-in sleeves, the...

How to sew a Hong Kong Seam Finish (4)

How to sew a Hong Kong Seam Finish

A Hong Kong finish is a type of seam finish that uses strips of fabric to enclose the seam allowances. It’s similar to the bound seam finish but is constructed in a different manner. ...

Lapped seam on Crescent Skirt

How to Sew A Lapped Seam

A lapped seam is a type of seam that’s sewn with one side overlapping the other. Instead of sewing the two sides right sides together and pressing them open, one side is turned under and pressed and then lapped over the unpressed side. The seam is then either slipstitched or topstitched to close the seam. ...

Hook-and-bar closure

How to Sew A Hook-And-Eye Closure and A Hook-And-Bar Closure

This is a two-part closure consisting of a hook on one side and either an eye or a bar on the other. These are usually made of metal, although thread bars and thread eyes can be used in place of the metal eyes or bars. In ready-to-wear garments, hook and bars are applied by machine before the waistband is constructed, but in home sewing, they are sewn on by hand. I prefer the handsewn type because they are easy to replace if they come apart; the factory-applied hooks and bars leave a hole and ca...

Inside of flat-felled seam

How to Sew A Flat-Felled Seam

A flat-felled seam is a strong, topstitched seam where the raw edges are enclosed. It’s also referred to as a felled seam or a flat fell seam. A true flat-felled seam will be cleanly finished on both sides of the garment. You may also see mock flat-felled seams, which have the appearance of flat-felled seams but are less work to sew. For flat-felled seams, you can choose to have the fell on the right side of your garment, which will have two lines of stitching, or on the inside of your garment, ...

How to sew a Bar Tack (3)

How to Sew A Bar Tack

A bar tack is a set of close, dense zigzag stitches used to reinforce stress points of a garment. It will look like a thick, straight bar of stitches. Bar tacks prevent clothing from ripping or tearing as it’s worn. ...