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.”