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Sew Perfectly Aligned Intersecting Seams | Video

Apr 08, 2019

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.…

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  1. maguertae April 16th


  2. letsgetsewinf April 18th

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

  3. aussiesewinglady April 18th

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

  4. User avater Lainysews April 21st

    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.

  5. User avater sunnylutz April 22nd

    Great approach. Thank you!

  6. 13STARS April 22nd

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

  7. sewlady1108 April 24th

    Thank you! Ever raising the bar!

  8. user-7036345 June 20th

    Elegant solution - many thanks for your clarity!

  9. User avater CAnnetteWK July 3rd

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

  10. User avater BattyHatty September 19th

    Thank you Kenneth! Positively Brilliant! Shay North

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