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Video: DIY Wide Seam Allowance Guide

Evamarie Gomez, Carol Fresia, and Stephani L. Miller; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Threads Sewing Tips: Two Ways to Make a Seam Guide

Sometimes, a project calls for seam allowances that are wider than the markings on your sewing machine’s throat plate. In this situation, a DIY seam guide is the solution. Watch to learn how to make one using some household items: a roll of tape or a sticky notepad.

Reader tip by Leslie Pelecovich of Stamford, Connecticut. Originally featured in Threads #130

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #1


    Great new B-roll, theme music, and Stephanie Miller appears ready and ripe for a star turn (she's clearly attended the Judith Neukam School of Dramatic Arts - tell me I'm wrong!).

    Perhaps a "Shirt in Pieces" or "Skirt in PIeces" series, with each segment showcasing Stephanie focusing on cuff making, placket making, collar making, yoke attaching, inserting a kick pleat, or attaching a waistband. Lofty, I know, but without a noteworthy challenge, critics and the public alike will remain unaware.

    A viewer who only watches if you're name is in the credits

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    PollyGoose | | #2

    Thank you for this tip. As a quilter getting that perfect 1/4 inch seam is essential. These will work quite nicely!

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