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Sew Perfectly Aligned Intersecting Seams | Video

Learn a clever way to ensure that intersecting seams match exactly. Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King is a pro at inventing smart ways to execute tricky sewing tasks. In this video tutorial, he addresses the challenge of aligning seams that cross.

Vertical seams that intersect a waistline seam are a common example: Often, the bodice’s vertical seam ends up a small distance from the skirt’s corresponding vertical seam, no matter how carefully you pin or baste beforehand.

Kenneth’s method includes a key hand-stitching step: The opposing seam ends are anchored together with an ingenious set of temporary stitches. Once fixed in place with these stitches, the fabric layers won’t shift as you complete the intersecting seam by machine.

You may not need to use this technique on every garment you sew, but when you want to ensure a perfect seam match, give it a try. The extra time it takes is worth it for the added control and the perfect finished product.

If you’re interested in trying an alternative approach, well-suited to sheer fabrics, read “Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams.”


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  2. letsgetsewinf | | #2

    Dear Kenneth, I noticed that your seam allowances seemed large. What seam allowance do you usually use?

  3. aussiesewinglady | | #3

    Wonderful technique and I can’t wait to make a sample. Thank you.

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    Lainysews | | #4

    I love it! I agree with leaving fabric inside the garment in case of alterations done later. Did I see that finishing correctly? Did you really knot your thread? I have learned that 2-3 teensy stitches holds thread better than any knot - and knots leave a 'bump' that friction can wear away. Not as much of a problem in a lined garment, I agree.

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    sunnylutz | | #5

    Great approach. Thank you!

  6. 13stars | | #6

    Brilliant (as usual)! Thank you, Kenneth. Deborina Del

  7. sewlady1108 | | #7

    Thank you! Ever raising the bar!

  8. bb7036345 | | #8

    Elegant solution - many thanks for your clarity!

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    CAnnetteWK | | #9

    Excellent! Thank you so much for showing me how to conquer a sewing problem that has thwarted me for decades.

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    battyhatty | | #10

    Thank you Kenneth! Positively Brilliant! Shay North

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