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Lace Seam Binding - to tell which is back of pants (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: bheath
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Posted on: 1/22/05 7:21 PM

I am not sure if this tip has ever been reviewed but when I sew simple straight pull-on elastic waist skirt or pants,
I sometimes have a hard time figuring out the back from the front of the garment so I take a small piece of seam binding lace (I keep some neutral colors on hand - white, black, taupe) and cut about 3" length and double it. I wedge this little 'loop' into the casing in the back and voila' - instant GPS for figuring out which way to put on my pants!

And it also adds a nice touch to the finished garment.

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PixieCat said...
What a great idea! I usually have to look at the crotch length to tell front from back on pull-on slacks. This is such an easy solution.
1/23/05 5:06 AM
Jan B. said...
This is a good tip. I use a piece of grosgrain ribbon for the same purpose.
1/23/05 10:44 AM
Danvillegirl said...
I have the same issue. Thank you for your helpful tip.
1/23/05 1:21 PM
Nancy Anne said...
That is a wonderful idea! Why didn't I think of that?
1/23/05 1:30 PM
Elaine McKay said...
Great idea. I have used it with much success. Thanks.
3/1/05 3:32 PM
Muria said...
I've actually used a small piece of the fabric as a marker for the back. Because most of what you see in the inside is the wrong side, a loop of right-side out fabric isn't hard to spot. I've thought about hem taping the last bit of the waistband too (just make sure you leave your elastic opening in the back), but haven't tried it to see. I've been sewing for 10 years, though, and only thought of this a year ago, so this is a great tip (think my 40+ sewing years mother still uses the crotch seams. I know she did when I was a kid. I always had to take my pants to her to figure out which way to put them on! ) Thanks!
5/16/05 11:57 PM
Love it! I have used a marker, but this is so much nicer.
5/9/06 10:39 AM

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