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Essential Techniques: Patch Pocket Primer

Best practices for smooth, sturdy results

Threads #201, Feb./Mar. 2019
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Patch pockets grace every style and type of garment—shirts, jackets, skirts, and pants. They appear on tops, bottoms, fronts, backs, and sides. Patch pockets are popular, and they may seem simple. It takes practice, however, as well as a few methods not typically taught in pattern guide sheets, to sew them so they do not look homemade.

A typical commercial garment pattern provides a single pocket pattern piece. You attach the fabric pocket to the garment by topstitching along three sides of the pocket. You must mark the pocket placement on the garment, finish the top edge of the pocket, then sew the pocket to the garment.

I have tips and enhancements for each stage of pocket application. I’ll show you how to achieve results that look better than ready-to-wear. The pockets are symmetrical, precisely placed, and precisely topstitched. For beautiful, fuss-free patch pockets, read on.

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