Tips and Tricks for Matching Up Seams


Sewing patterns and pieces come in all kinds of unusual shapes. Sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out how they match up. We have some tips and tricks to share the golden rules for matching up seams.


  • Match The Stitching Line


When you match up the edges at the precise point where the stitching line lands at the edge of the fabric, the two patterned pieces of fabric will match up perfectly.


  • Match The Most Visible Seams First


Making sure that the centre of the front pattern pieces of the material match should be your first priority. Be careful of placing prints directly at the apex of the bust on women’s garments. When working with uneven plaids or vertical stripes, place a dominant stripe down the centre front. Make sure to keep it as straight as the edge of a razor.


  • Match Up Two Sides Of A Design


When you need to sew a seam that goes through the middle of a design, you first need to allow extra fabric for sewing the seam (around ½ inch or 1,27 cm extra on each side). Determine this when you calculate where the seam will go.


  • Choose A Good Pattern


Choose a paper pattern or PDF that will work well with a patterned fabric. One easy way to be certain that the pattern of your garment is suitable for stripes, plaids or large-scale images, is if the illustration provided shows that the model is wearing a finished garment cut from a piece of patterned fabric.


  • Buy Extra Fabric


Buy extra fabric when matching prints, plaids and stripes. The general recommendation is to buy an extra half yard (or half a metre) for separates and an extra yard (a metre) for dresses. This, however, is dependent on the complexity of the garment design and the scale of the pattern.


  • Cut One Piece Of Fabric First


The most commonly used method for pattern matching is by cutting one piece of fabric first. For this method, lay out your fabric in a single layer with the right side up. For each piece that requires cutting two, lay out one piece with the paper pattern right side up, and place the grain line marking on the grain line of the fabric. If you are matching two different pieces, lay them out next to each other, keeping a straight line running across the bottom of the pattern pieces. Drawing the pattern on the patterned piece of material will work for any pattern matching.


  • Use Good Sewing Equipment


When sewing seams on garments that you are matching for the pattern, then remember to use more pins than usual and to pin more carefully, checking carefully for the patterns to match up.

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How to replace a broken zipper on pants

Do you have a great pair of jeans or pants that are a perfect fit but with broken zipper? We feel your pain! Don’t worry – you don’t have to abandon your favorite pants! We have a good sewing machine project to revive your pants by replacing the zipper. Grab your sewing machine and take a look at these tips.

Steps to replace a broken zipper with your sewing kit

  • Remove the old zipper: Remove the zipper without undoing the pants’ topstitchings, and slide a new zipper into place. You will need to stitch one side to attach it invisibly.
  • Remove the stitches holding the original zipper in place by using a seam ripping. On the fly underlap, create a slot between the jeans front and the fly shield. On the overlap, pick out the stitches. At the waistband and bottom of the fly, cut the zipper tape to release the zipper.
  • Make sure to not unstitch the waistband.
  • Grab your sewing equipment! With the zipper right-side up, slide one side of the tape into the opening you created between the fly shield and the pants front. Fold the top of the tape under. Pin your tape in position and stitch the zipper close to the edge of the pants front.
  • Sew from the top of the zipper as far down the tape as you can.
  • Close the zipper by working from the inside of the jeans. Pin the free tape in place on the wrong side of the fly overlap. Align the tape along the original stitching line, and make sure to fold the top of the tape under.
  • Open the zipper. Using a good needle and a double strand of thread, backstitch the tape to the jeans and ensure it is firm. Stitch through only the inner layer of fabric so that no stitches show on the outside of the jeans.
  • Use ironing equipment or a steam press to straighten your pants or jeans into place.
  • Put on your jeans or pants and show off in style!

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