Let’s collect here a few basics!
Since I’ve been asked multiple times about basic topics, I’ve decided to start collecting short tutorials about them… so I can point directly to a written post instead of re-writing everything every single time 😉
Just a suggestion: they’re perfect for being pinned in your Sewing technique Pinterest board! Wait, you don’t have one? Create it now!
Let’s start talking about
Sewing Seams 101
Each topic will have its own post, so it will be easier to point out to every single topic/technique you need…
This first group is dedicated to seams, and today I’d like to give you some general information.
Seams are, accordingly with Wikipedia:
In sewing, a seam is the join where two or more layers of fabric, leather, or other materials are held together with stitches. Prior to the invention of the sewing machine, all sewing was done by hand. Seams in modern mass-produced household textiles, sporting goods, and ready-to-wear clothing are sewn by computerized machines, while home shoemaking, dressmaking, quilting, crafts, haute couture and tailoring may use a combination of hand and machine sewing.
In clothing construction, seams are classified by their type (plain, lapped, abutted, or French seams) and position in the finished garment (center back seam, inseam, side seam). Seams are finished with a variety of techniques to prevent raveling of raw fabric edges and to neaten the inside of garments.
Personally, I’m much more a “by machine” kind of sewist, rather than a “by hand” one (also if I truly love to see what talented ladies can do handling a needle), so I’ll concentrate more on describing this kind of seams.
Seams are used because they’re functional (join two layers of fabric) and because they’re decorative (think a topstitch or an embroidery stitch), often both whys together
Here are some of the topics we’ll be talking about during next weeks (listed in random order, I’ll update the links as soon as they’ll be online!):
construction vs. finishing
How to use a seam ripper
|create your own stitches book (including FREE printable)|
|sewing seams on woven (sewing machine)||straight stitches vs. zig-zag (sewing machine)||sewing seams on knits and stretch fabric (sewing machine)||decorative stitches (sewing machine)|
|straight seams vs. curved seams (clipping and notching)||sewing seams with a serger||finishing seams (sewing machine)||finishing seams (serger)|
|seam allowances and lovely tricks||pressing seams||decorate your seams (piping, cording, ric-rac…)||decorative/functional seams (tucks, pintucks, shirring…)|
|shirring (in detail)||tucks (in detail)||pintucks (in detail)|
I’ll add more while we go on: if there’s a topic seam-related you’d like me to talk about, suggest it below in comment section!.
One more thing: this series will be suitable for beginners and intermediate level of sewists.
If you need some Absolute Beginner’s tips, check Lisa’s (Cucicucicoo) FREE Course “Learn to Machine Sew”, plenty of goodies inside (and she’s such a lovely woman <3)