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Turning Handles 2

Turning Handles

There are two techniques that can be used for turning handles: end gap turning, where you turn from one short end of the handle and middle gap turning, where a gap is left at the centre of one long edge for turning, giving neater handle ends. ...

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. ...

Grading Seam Allowances

Trimming Corners

Trimming is when you cut the seam allowances smaller or on an angle to reduce bulk. You’ll need to trim to turn the piece right side out, if the seam allowances stop the piece from fully turning. ...

Thread loop for securing a button

How to Make Thread Loops as Buttonholes

Thread loops are thin loops made of thread used in place of button loops or buttonholes to secure buttons. Thread loops can also refer to loops of thread at the waistline of dresses and blouses used to hold belts in place. ...

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 sew a Bound Seam Finish with Seam Binding (2)

How to sew a Bound Seam Finish with Seam Binding

A bound seam finish has seam allowances that are enclosed with fabric strips, seam binding or bias tape. The seam allowances can be pressed open with each side bound separately or pressed to one side with both seam allowances bound together. ...

How to sew a french tack (6)

How to Sew A French Tack

A French tack is a thread chain that connects layers of fabric together loosely, usually at the hemline of a garment. The tack is made of regular sewing thread that’s hand crocheted to form the chain and attached between the garment and its lining. ...

How to sew a cuff with placket (4)

How to Sew A Cuff with Placket

A cuff is a band of fabric used to finish the hemlines of sleeves or pant legs. Cuffs can be elasticized with a casing or interfaced and flat. Cuffs are often cut smaller than the opening, or they can be cut the same width as the sleeve or pant. Cuffs on tailored dress shirts are often sewn with a placket opening so the shirt can be released to put it on and buttoned tightly around the wrist. Cuffs on sleeves that end above the elbow are usually wide enough to fit over the hand and won’t need a ...

How to sew on a flat button (3)

How to Sew on A Flat Button

Buttons form half of a two-part closure consisting of a button and buttonhole or button and button loop. The button slips through the buttonhole or loop, and since the button has to be turned to get through the buttonhole, the closure keeps the garment closed. Buttons have two or four holes in the middle for sewing the button to the garment. Buttons may have a shank, a small loop underneath the button, for sewing it to the garment. This raises the button, making it a good choice for buttoning t...