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Posted on: 6/27/03 2:35 PM
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Sewing to a point is intimidating, and a little difficult, but not as bad as it first seems. In fact, I really like sewing in godets now! The trick is to give yourself a little guidence. Sewing to a point is whenever you have to sew into a very sharp angle, such as at the top of a godet.

I will use a godet in my example, attaching it to a skirt. This applies equally as well to other situations. I had both godets and a neckband that ended in a point on my wedding dress that I am making. (OK, I'm still better at the godets than the neckband.)

First pin your items together. If you godet is NOT being attached between the seams (but to a single piece of fabric with a V cut into it instead), then take & needle & thread, and put the thread through the skirt starting at the point and moving away - marking where a seam would be, if there was a seam.

Next sew from the opposite end (away from the point) to the point, with the godet facing the sewing machine. This way you can see the thread from the seam (or your marking thread) when you get to the end.

Use small stitches at the end, and stop just before you get to your marking thread. Backstitch once, remove from the machine.

Then sew the other side of the godet, again starting from the far side. You now have the stitches from the first side to let you know when you reach the end. Stop just before you get to those stitches.

You never want to have your stitches overlap, or the point will not sit correctly. With a little practice, they will come out great. I am almost done with my wedding dress, & try to post a close-up of the godet &/or neckband when I write the review.

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AZKITTY said... (7/28/09 9:10 AM) Reply
Very helpful, thank you for this information. I learned a lot!
AnneM said... (10/24/03 10:37 AM) Reply
Godets are little triagular inserts of fabric, usually at the bottom of a seam. There is a recent review of McCall 4250 that has godets in one of the pattern views.
Sharon Akers said... (10/24/03 10:15 AM) Reply
What is a godet?
Jennie Pakula said... (7/10/03 11:06 PM) Reply
Thanks for that - and good luck with your wedding dress - how exciting!!
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