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Posted on: 3/16/10 12:51 PM
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I am still a newbie to sewing, so what might seem simple to others, is a brain pain to me.

In order to help me line up my darts properly I use the following method:

* Using a quilt ruler & tailors chalk, I trace the pleat onto my fabric.
* I stick a pin through the end point of the pleat and then fold the fabric, matching the tailors chalk.
* Pin the pleat line
* Stitch pleat line leaving a long tail at the end to tie the knot.
* Press and voila.

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Biddy said... (4/3/10 7:33 PM) Reply
I place a pin at right angle to the edge of the fabric at the dart point. I lower my machine needle so that when I place my fabric under the presser foot it is resting against the pin and fabric at the very point. I slowly start to sew with a fairly shortened stitch length [.5] for the first few stitches. The shortened stitches won't come undone if I cut the thread tails. [I do the same at the end of the dart as well] This also avoids bumps showing on the right side of the garment.
mollyshark said... (3/20/10 7:56 PM) Reply
My issue is frequently getting one of those little puckers at the tip. Drives me nuts. Will do it in some fabrics whether I stitch off the end, not stitch off the end, whatever!
sewrelaxed said... (3/17/10 11:33 PM) Reply
It also works well to trace one side of the dart and down the center of the dart (foldline) ~ then just fold and stitch
Julie/Vintage_Sewer said... (3/17/10 2:11 PM) Reply
Guilty confession - I start at the tip and sew to the outer edge. Otherwise I drive myself nuts trying to line up the ends.
woggy said... (3/17/10 7:04 AM) Reply
You may be a newbie to sewing but your method of sewing a dart is the same method I was taught by my Home Economics' teacher in 1965! I have been sewing my darts by this method since I was taught it.
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