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How to Sew a Sleeve

Follow one method of setting a sleeve by ease stitching and pinning

Learn to sew a sleeve with this follow-up episode to “Introduction to Sleeves.” After discussing the anatomy of a sleeve, garment sewing expert Judith Neukam offers different ways you can attach the sleeves.

She demonstrates her preferred method of setting a sleeve with the help of ease stitching and pinning. She starts with measuring between markings on the pattern. Then she add a double row of ease stitches, sews the garment’s side and shoulder seams, pins the sleeve to the garment armhole, and sews it in the round.

During this demonstration, Judith offers many important tips for successful sleeve installation. She also shares other ways to install a sleeve.

This detailed tutorial on how to sew a sleeve is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith, the series host, got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized…

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About This Video Series

This series for beginning sewers provides a complete course in mastering the basics. Our experienced Threads editors walk you through the fundamentals, from threading your machine through attaching that final button. The skills explained in Teach Yourself to Sew are perfect for new sewers or for those looking to brush up on the basics. Lessons include hemming, attaching buttons and zippers, how to iron, and sewing a jacket from a pattern.

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