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Video: How to Sew and Install a Sleeve Head

Threads, Issue #210, Aug./Sept. 2020

Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam; Shot by: Gary Junken

Sleeve heads help to fill, shape, and stabilize jacket shoulders. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial to learn a simple and quick way to sew and install a sleeve head. This small addition can take any jacket from ordinary to stunning in a small amount of time.

Sleeve heads for any garment

In Threads #210 (Aug./Sept. 2020), available to Insider members, Contributing Editor Judith Neukam offers five techniques for adding a sleeve head to any garment, ranging from lightweight blouses to heavy wool coats. She explains that a sleeve head prevents a sleeve cap from drooping over the upper arm and creates a smooth and graceful line from the garment’s shoulder to the sleeve.

Make your own

Even if your pattern doesn’t call for a sleeve head, you can easily add one—and you can install one after setting the sleeve if you discover the sleeve cap needs the support. This traditional but rarely discussed technique is one that every sewer should know about. The materials used are usually already in your sewing room, so there’s no reason not to give sleeve heads a try.

Follow this link to watch other fabulous techniques and tips from this video series.


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  1. sewmaggie1 | | #1

    The sleeve head instruction is just what I needed! Thank you!

  2. StarrMarlene | | #2

    Very interesting...and easy to do! Thank you.

  3. ladyruna | | #3

    I would LOVE to see the comparison photo of "before sleeve head" and "after sleeve head" for that jacket you showed when you added the sleeve head. I've tried using sleeve heads before, but really didn't see a difference (but that could have been due to my own fault with sleeve setting / pattern alteration that cause it to just not quite work right).

  4. user-2533087 | | #4

    I cannot get the video to play is there a problem barbara hatelie

  5. ClaudiaLR | | #5

    Good demonstration. I like to use the interlining of a tie for the sleeve head. It's lightweight and already cut on the bias.

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    Sewmarj | | #6

    great tip, great demonstration. I'm going to try this right away! Thanks

  7. misfited | | #7

    Great tip. I'll try it for some tees. I have sloping shoulders and almost always use shoulder pads which also supports the sleeve and makes my waist look smaller, too!

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    [email protected] | | #8

    What a great tip this is! It just may help with my adjusted (forward) shoulders that I'm still experimenting with.

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