How to Sew Seams

Just by learning how to sew a straight seam, you're on your way to making your entire wardrobe shine, exactly like you've always dreamed. You can make that outfit, that dress or casual top you always wanted. You can make great gifts and home d├ęcor, too. Anything is possible with this easy-to-master skill. YOU can DO it!!


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    For beginner seamstresses, begin with simple patterns. Most of the major pattern makers offer "Simple-to-Sew" patterns that include clear instructions for you to follow. Once you have your pattern selected and cut out exactly as the directions say, take your first pieces and put them together face-to-face, lining them up so there is no overlap anywhere.
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    On your sewing machine, there are lines on the plate under the needle. Many times, these are marked, indicating the number of 8th of an inch. Most seams are sewn at a standard 5/8" width. If your machine has these marks find that line and lay your fabric down so that it lines up with this line. If your machine does NOT have lines at all, there is a simple way to establish the width.
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    Take a piece of scrap fabric, and sew along the edge where you think 5/8ths would be. Before removing the fabric from the machine, use your ruler and check the width from the edge of the fabric to the seam you just sewed. If it's not right, try again. Once you find the right distance, take some scotch tape or masking tape and put it on the machine exactly where the fabric edge is.
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    Sometimes the instructions in the pattern will call for a different seam width. Use the same method to find out where that sewing position is on your machine.
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    Practice watching your fabric going through the sewing machine as you guide it with your hands, one in front, and one behind, to stay on the mark. You will have a clean, straight seam when you are finished.
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    When you are ready to sew your pattern pieces, put them in your machine. Use the "reverse" lever or button on your machine to back-stitch a few stitches before you make the seam going forward. This will lock the thread, or tie it off, preventing the seam from unraveling. Once you reach the end of the seam, back stitch again.
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    Lift the pressure plate, remove your fabric, and cut the thread. You're on your way. Your new dress is going to look great!

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