The v-neck cut is a very elegant and traditional cut for a dress. Sewing a v-neck can be daunting as it naturally draws the eye, meaning any imperfections or lack of symmetry will be immediately noticed. However, with this guide and an affordable sewing machine (such as the Empisal Creations sewing machine or the Dressmaker 120A) you’ll be sewing V-necks like a pro in no time!

  1. Handle Your Pattern with Care
    Due to the symmetrical nature of the v-neck, any pulling or re-arranging of the pattern pieces will likely cause it to slip out of shape. Ensure that your pieces are always laid flat and handle them as little as possible.
  2. Make a Template of the Neckline
    Using paper; make a template for the neckline. Fold a piece of paper in half and cut out half the design (starting at the tip of the V). This will create a perfectly symmetrical template for you to cut out and tailor your fabric to.
  3. Stay Stitch the Garment
    Use a stay stitch on the neckline where the v-neck will be attached. This will reinforce it and prevent it from pulling or warping when you sew the neckline onto the main garment. An overlocker, like the Empisal Overlocker 760D, is ideal for this application.
  4. Use the Template to Align Everything
    When combining the main garment with the v-neck, use the paper template as a guide and adjust it to fit the garment. This will ensure the v-neck that is still attached to the template is what moves and not the garment, keeping it symmetrical and unwarped.
  5. Clip precisely and Use an Open-Toed Presser
    Being precise when sewing the v-neck to the garment ensures it sits neatly in the middle. Maintain a steady hand and look at the garment as a whole before clipping. When sewing, use an open-toed presser foot. The normal foot obscures the workpiece slight and it is easy to sew off pattern. Use an open-toed foot to ensure accurate stitches.


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