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Date: 2/15/13 9:26 PM

I am a returnee to sewing, and am sewing (with some of that red-dot pattern paper first) the simplest pair of pants imaginable: elastic waist, and just the front pieces and back pieces of the legs. My confusion is with the center (crotch) seam. Obviously, the front and the back pieces have a different grade to that seam, since I am not the same shape on the back as on the front. But I can't figure out how to sew those edges together. Or rather, I really need a curved bed to my sewing machine! So how do I sew them together taking into account their different curve?

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Date: 2/15/13 10:24 PM

You don't need a special sewing machine...and I think you mean free arm.

Stitch the center leg seams and the outer leg seams.

Then turn one section inside out and place inside the other so the center looks like a large U. Stitch the center seam from front to back, or back to front.

Be sure to mark each leg F or B and match the inseams before sewing the U.


-- Edited on 2/16/13 11:20 AM --

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Date: 2/15/13 10:48 PM

oops, never mind, I was sewing the wrong sides together.

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Date: 2/15/13 11:06 PM

The problem is when I do that, I find myself sewing the a back to a front, and the lengths of the inner seam don't match. I am having trouble visualizing this.

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Date: 2/16/13 2:57 AM

Don't forget that you need to have one leg with the fabric "right side in" and one leg "right side out". That way you can put one leg inside the other and you will end up with "right sides together" for your seam. Hard to explain, easy to show, so I hope this makes sense.

This tutorial shows it better than I can explain in words: Tutorial, steps 8 & 9.

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Date: 2/16/13 8:40 AM

What you need to do is ease the larger piece into the smaller piece from the top of the crotch seam to about 7-9 inches down (I think). The pattern should indicate the area where you ease with either dots or notches. There is a reason that the back piece is a little longer than the front. It has to do with body movement in the clothing.

edited to add: You kinda need to stretch the shorter front piece into the larger back piece. It helps if the back leg is the bottom piece as the feed dog tends to push the lower piece through a bit more.
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Date: 2/16/13 11:21 AM

You may have one section turned the wrong way. The back center is longer than the front center.

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Date: 2/16/13 11:33 AM

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You may have one section turned the wrong way. The back center is longer than the front center.

Been there. Done that!
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Date: 2/16/13 3:29 PM

Good to hear I was not the only one!

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