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Tip: Learn By Deconstruction

Threads magazine - 184 - April/May 2016 Issue
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This reader-submitted tip was originally featured in Threads #184 (April/May 2016).

Sometimes, when I am learning how to sew a new design detail, it is helpful to deconstruct part of a completed garment to see how that detail was sewn by another seamstress or by a clothing manufacturer. For example, when I was learning how to sew a placket, I visited my local thrift store and scoured the clothing racks for a shirt with a placket similar to the one I wanted to sew in my top. By taking the placket apart, I was able to see how it was sewn and gained a better understanding of how I should sew mine. Since the top cost me only a couple of dollars, I feel that I received a relatively inexpensive sewing lesson.

-Carolyn Thomas, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


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  1. User avater ErinJennings November 10th

    This makes cutting really very easy...I always preferred it when I was a learner!!!

  2. Helen73 February 23rd

    That's awesome! I will make my grandmother a gift using your tip! :)

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