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Lining, Underlining, and Interlining


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Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 4, goes beyond the basics to get you started in couture and on your way to refining your sewing skills and sensibilities. Follow along as former Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam walks you through lessons on sewing beautiful seams and soft edges, explains when to use lining, underlining, or interlining, shows you how to set a sleeve by hand, and even how to precisely match stripes, plaids and prints. These lessons…

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  1. jlynn | | #1

    Thank you, a wonderful video. I think Threads can read my mind. It seems every time I run into something I need to know up comes a video explaining everything. I have learned so much since I subscribed. Wish I would have done earlier. A special thank you for all the folks at Threads, you are the best.

  2. oregoncrna | | #2

    Would it ever be appropriate to underline an unlined garment? It seems like underlining and lining always seem to go together.

    1. carolfresia | | #3

      Yes, it is absolutely appropriate to underline an unlined garment. In fact, it's a terrific technique for making a semi-structured garment or for giving a lightweight fabric a bit of extra weight. I once made a pair of pants from a shirting-weight cotton, underlined with another cotton of similar weight, and together they behaved like a "bottom-weight" twill.

      Here's another approach that uses the underlining to enclose seam allowances, creating a clean interior finish. It can be used for a jacket, as shown, or adapt it to underlining a skirt or other garment. https://www.threadsmagazine.com/2008/11/03/line-and-underline-in-one-step

      You can even underline a knit; here's an Insider article that explains how to do that. https://www.threadsmagazine.com/project-guides/sewing-with-knits/how-to-line-knit-garments

      I encourage you to give this a try--it's a method I've never seen mentioned in pattern instructions, but it really expands the types of fabrics you can use.
      Carol J. Fresia
      Editor, Threads magazine

      1. oregoncrna | | #4

        Thank you, this is all very helpful and good to know! I will check out the links you shared. Thanks again!

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