SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Forum > Beginner's Forum > I've forgotten a simple rule ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
I've forgotten a simple rule
sewing side seams
lulurose
lulurose
Advanced Beginner
Member since 11/4/09
Posts: 140
Send Message

      



Date: 10/14/12 11:36 AM

Somewhere, I read that side seams on skirts should be be sewn from the widest to narrowest, or was it narrowest to widest?
This was a simple tip to keep the top and bottom edges lined up better. The skirt fabric is cut on the bias, if that makes a difference.
Thank you in advance :0)

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
Kansas USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3253
Send Message

      



Date: 10/14/12 12:09 PM

Ooooh, I don't know if the bias changes the rules any, but according to the long thread we had on the subject this summer, I guess you're supposed to sew long seams bottom-to-top (hem to waist, for example, on pants/skirts). I haven't quite figured out how the garment knows what direction you're sewing--it can't be all about grain, because there's no way to predict what way on the grain you've laid out your pieces (unless there's a rule for that, too!). I don't mean whether you've laid them out on the grain or the cross grain, but which way the top or bottom of a piece was pointing when you cut it out.

Anyway. I've been doing it when it's seemed practical, just in case it does make a difference at some point.

------
~Gem in the prairie

nancy2001
starstarstarstar
nancy2001  Friend of PR
Advanced
Alabama USA
Member since 12/3/05
Posts: 6436
Send Message

      



In reply to lulurose <<
thumbsup 9 members like this.


Date: 10/14/12 1:00 PM

Widest to narrowest.

You can always conduct your own test by taking two layers of moderately long, triangle shaped fabric scraps and stitching them together. First sew the scraps from widest to narrowest. Then take another pair of triangles and sew them narrowest to widest.

Or just do one of Einstein's thought experiments. Imagine you're a presser foot in Vienna in 1905 encountering fabric moving underneath you, carried along by the feed dogs. Visualize the fabric as it moves. Wouldn't it seem jarring to have to deal with increasingly wide fabric passing underneath you? Wouldn't it seem easier to have the fabric be the same width or somewhat narrower as it moves along?

After that series of mental gymnastics, pack your bags and prepare to fly to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for physics.

------
No sewing project is ever a complete success nor a total failure.

Fruzzle

Fruzzle
Intermediate
Member since 1/26/07
Posts: 388
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Subject: Ive forgotten a simple rule Date: 10/14/12 2:50 PM

No Nobel prize for me. I don't get it.

Is it because you don't want to try to stuff the wider fabric between the needle and the machine?

nancy2001
starstarstarstar
nancy2001  Friend of PR
Advanced
Alabama USA
Member since 12/3/05
Posts: 6436
Send Message

      



In reply to Fruzzle <<


Date: 10/14/12 3:58 PM

The reason seams should be sewn from wide to narrow has nothing to do with the space under the harp. It has to do with the fabric moving smoothly under the presser foot.

If the thought experiment doesn't work for you, just do the test with actual fabric. By the way, someone wrote a tutorial on this subject, but unfortunately, I can't find it online for you. Perhaps someone else will be able to provide the link.

------
No sewing project is ever a complete success nor a total failure.

Nancy K
starstarstar
Nancy K
Advanced
New York USA
Member since 12/28/04
Posts: 8245
Send Message

      



In reply to stirwatersblue <<


Date: 10/14/12 4:33 PM

Actually there is a way to tell grain, especially on something like an a line skirt. If you run your finger up the edge the grain will either be noticeable, you'll see the thread ends or it will be smooth.
But, as Nancy said, wide to narrow and part of the reason is to keep the fabric on grain, since it will often creep a small amount by the time you get to the top. The hem edge needs to be parallel to the floor.
-- Edited on 10/14/12 4:36 PM --

------
www.nancyksews.blogspot.com

GlButterfly

GlButterfly
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 8/28/08
Posts: 3094
Send Message

      



In reply to nancy2001 <<


Date: 10/14/12 6:05 PM

Nancy, this is hilarious! However, try as I might, I cannot imagine that I am a presser foot in Vienna in 1905. Your description is a great visual--love it.

------
That's Gl = for Gloria, not G. I.

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7380
Send Message

      



Subject: Ive forgotten a simple rule Date: 10/14/12 7:18 PM

Use an even feed or walking foot and the layers will not shift.

------
I dont give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think its Hell. Harry Truman

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

wenznz
star
wenznz  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
NEW ZEALAND
Member since 7/8/11
Posts: 361
Send Message

      



Date: 10/14/12 9:28 PM

Here is the blog post/tutorial that I think was included in the thread earlier in the year, that has photos to visually explain the wide to narrow reasoning

Gorgeous Fabrics Blog post

------
Wendy
Wellington, New Zealand

Vintage Joan
star
Vintage Joan
Intermediate
Ontario Canada
Member since 7/16/07
Posts: 10520
Send Message

      



In reply to lulurose <<


Date: 10/14/12 9:55 PM

Quote:
This was a simple tip to keep the top and bottom edges lined up better.

I just hand-baste really well first, and they stay lined up. I've never heard of sewing seams from widest to narrowest.

------
my shield and my very great reward ~ Gen. 15:1

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> I've forgotten a simple rule

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Gwyn Hug


Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!

Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns


Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Clone Your Favorite Garment
Clone Your Favorite Garment

Register

Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger

Register

Contest Mini Wardrobe Contest

photo
by: Lynnelle

Review
Sew Chic Valentine Slip Pattern (ln1207)

Sew Chic Valentine Slip Pattern (ln1207)

Buy Now
Pants Fitting DVD

Pants Fitting DVD

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.