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Three Ways to Match Prints

Threads #181, October/November 2015

Sometimes it’s best to learn a few ways to do something, so that you can pick the one that suits you best. Try each of these methods for matching prints across seams from Threads #181 (October/November 2015) – there’s bound to be one that works for you.

We’ve compiled three methods for easily and accurately matching fabric prints that are disrupted by intersecting seams. First, contributing editor Louise Cutting describes how she uses a fusible strip instead of pins to align prints for accurate seaming. Next, Susan Crane demonstrates a couture hand-sewing technique that prevents garment sections from shifting while sewing. The last method, from Cathie Ryan, requires a blind-hem foot and enables you to see the fabric design as you sew, in order to adjust the motif placement.

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