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marymary86
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Date: 6/17/14 9:12 AM

Mine often come out either slightly different sizes and/or the ends don't line up perfectly after they are sewn.

I don't find instructions on this. I searched the tips here and just finished reading Marcy Tilton's "Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts".

I feel like there is something really obvious I'm missing since there doesn't seem to be much written about it.

I'm guessing I'm not properly marking the seam lines and the ends and then not basting first checking to see how everything matches up?

Is there a good tutorial on this? This is one area where I'm determined to learn to do an expert sewing job.

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Date: 6/17/14 9:20 AM

I don't know of a tutorial. I often have this problem but that is because I am a sloppy sewer sometimes and too confident about my ability to sew a straight seam (sewing for 40+ years so usually I can sew straight). I don't tuck shirts in any more so it doesn't matter and my favorite skirt pattern takes a facing not a band. I would think marking the seam would help. Are you using a fold over band? I think I have more trouble with a fold over band than a two piece band (seamed at the top edge). I also have gone to finishing like RTW pants with a bias taped edge on the inside band then stitching in the ditch.

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Date: 6/17/14 9:24 AM

I pin everything in place to make sure it will line up and haven't had any issues. I am sort of particular about following the correct seam allowance, so that probably helps.

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Date: 6/17/14 9:28 AM

You know I feel like I'm fussy about that too but obviously something I'm doing is off.

If I'm hearing you correctly, you pin the waistband in place and then check that the ends are even and aligned before you even start sewing?

Since I'm having so much trouble, I should probably baste at that point and then check again. Does that sound right?

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Date: 6/17/14 12:07 PM

I sew a little from each end towards the center and then sew the middle. I think the waistband sometimes stretches or twists a little by the time you get to the end if you sew one continuous line.

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Date: 6/17/14 9:11 PM

Do you happen to have a photo of one that did not turn out evenly for you? I'm curious if it is more about your waistband, or instead maybe compensating for an uneven zipper... and also how you have been sewing the inside of the waistband, if you use top stitching, etc. Also, if you use a 2 part waistband (seamed at the top edge), or if you normally use a fold over waistband.

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Date: 6/17/14 9:29 PM

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You know I feel like I'm fussy about that too but obviously something I'm doing is off.



If I'm hearing you correctly, you pin the waistband in place and then check that the ends are even and aligned before you even start sewing?



Since I'm having so much trouble, I should probably baste at that point and then check again. Does that sound right?

Yes, that's exactly what I do!

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Michelle

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Coverstitch: Singer 14T968DC

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Date: 6/17/14 9:29 PM

ETA: Duplicate post
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Date: 6/18/14 10:24 AM

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I sew a little from each end towards the center and then sew the middle. I think the waistband sometimes stretches or twists a little by the time you get to the end if you sew one continuous line.

This makes SO much sense to me! I'm having a "why didn't I think of that" moment

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Jacqui

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Date: 6/18/14 10:39 AM

ahhhh... if you ladies mean the inside of your waistband is crawling and seeming to stretch as you sew- in commercial sewing we have a solution for that. We make the circumference of the INSIDE waistband 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the outside of the waistband. If you have a fold over waistband, you would taper the inner waistband from the fold line inward at each end. We also do this for facings and linings so any inner structure can nestle within it's outer layer. If both are the same exact size trying to occupy the same space.... there can be a fight sometimes.

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