Three Techniques to Reach Dart Points
A precisely sewn dart shapes a garment almost invisibly. Photo: Sloan Howard
In Teach Youself to Sew, Threads #170, Sandra Miller shares some fabulous secrets for achieving great-looking darts. All the fuss over dart points is for a reason: to avoid the dreaded dimple on the garment's right side. "I think the most common path to the dimple is to sew happily along the dart, then suddenly realize the point is close and veer dramatically to get there," says Sandra (excerpted from "Dart Smarts"). Here are three ways to reach the dart point for smooth results.
||Method 1: With a 2.5-mm stitch length, sew from the dart's widest section toward the dart point. When the stitching is 1⁄4-inch from the dart point, shorten the stitch length to 1.5 mm. Sew to the point and continue stitching off the fabric edge. Stitch "in the air" for 3⁄4-inch, then cut the thread chain. The chain survives laundering surprisingly well. However, use care the first time you try this method. Some sewing machines don't handle stitching off the fabric well.