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Video: How to Sew a Dart

Apr 25, 2010

Victoria North and Judith Neukam

Learn how to sew different types of darts in this new episode of our beginner sewing series. Also learn how to mark darts, three different ways in our earlier episode. Threads Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam demonstrates her favorite method for marking a dart. Teach Yourself to Sew is for beginning sewers or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Throughout the year we will demonstrate basic sewing techniques, share tips, and give step-by-step instruction for beginner sewing projects. Click here to purchase the Teach Yourself to Sew Video Series on DVD. TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW Equipment 101 Notions 101 Patterns 101 How a Stitch is Made A Trip to the Fabric Store Fabric 101 Project: Make a Felt Jewelry Bag Knit Fabrics Woven Fabrics Project: How to Sew a Bias-strip Scarf How to Sew a Basic Seam How to Sew French and Lapped Seams Clipping and Trimming Seams How to Mark a Dart How to Sew a Dart Finishing Edges Faced Edges How to Hem Bias Binding Zippers 101

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  1. 4H_SewTeacher November 16th

    Hello, I teach young sewers (10 - 15 year olds) and wondering if you recommend tailor tacks or tracing paper for dart markings? I use Tailor tacks, but thinking tracing paper might be easier for my sewers.

  2. Camille_Leon September 9th

    After some years sewing, it's great to hone and shape up my basics to a higher degree, with your videos.
    And although I favour your magazine as the best of it's kind (the one's here in the UK have only just started to try to keep up now- a smaller market I suppose), it's very useful for me to see something, as I react better to visuals than to technical language which slips over my brain like a waterfall of virtual non understanding. So thanks.

    Also, any chance of videos in the future with more couture/unusual stuff?

  3. User avater TnSewingNewbie September 3rd

    Thank you so much for this video and all the other videos!!!! I love that i can follow along besides my computer and follow along and then I can enjoy the result. You made it all so easy!!

    Thank you again and again and again!

  4. smdr June 25th

    I love these videos, I am a beginner and find them very helpful. Unstaba hippie should make her own videos for her own class, because if there is one thing I have learned from all the advise I have from all my sewing friends, it is that every one has there own way of doing things, and you just need to learn which way works best for you.

  5. ustabahippie May 27th

    Good lesson for sewing a dart, as far as it went. I'd have liked to have seen the instructor using a pressing ham to finish the dart. And the pinning was done with the fold to the left on a few of the examples, while the sewing was done with the fold to the right. This can be confusing for beginners. I would also not teach beginners to lift the presser foot with the needle up when grabbing the thread end to use as a guide. I want to use this link to enhance my beginning sewing classes, but I don't want to have my students re-do the darts in class.

  6. User avater bribjo April 30th

    Thank you. Very useful tips!

  7. User avater cvillecraftgirl April 28th

    i loved the tips!! i especially liked the idea of the making the thread long when you start, stitch a couple of stitches then use that long piece to keep you straight down to the end. thank you!!

  8. User avater HeyLita April 26th

    Fleece is all the rage for winter wear so...how do you sew darts in fleece tops? They add a lot of bulk unless trimmed very close to the dart leg seams. Also, how do you mark the darts on heavier fleece?

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