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Print-Matching Tucks: How to Align Patterns

Threads magazine - 163 - Oct./Nov. 2012
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For some sewing techniques, subtlety is the strong point. Threads author Susan Crane shares her own method to feature tucks in printed fabrics in this article from Threads #163. She has developed techniques for piecing and folding fabric to keep the print unbroken. You precisely mark, cut, and sew together folded fabric strips that keep the print intact. Susan will take you through two garments to demonstrate the concept and process: A pull-on blouse with a jewel neckline featuring vertical tucks, and a straight skirt with a horizontal tuck insertion.

This method is wonderful for anyone who wants to try something new and meticulous. It’s also a great way to keep a beautiful print whole and still wear tucks. The secret is to carefully thread-mark each foldline and each tuck placement line to make sure the print is matched perfectly. It’s a little more handwork, but worth it for stunning results.

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