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Sew Sturdier, Better-Placed Thumbholes Into Sleeves

Try this design for more comfort than the in-seam version.

Nov 15, 2019
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When thumbholes in tops became a trend in workout clothing, I was delighted. It wasn’t because I wanted to stick my thumbs through the seams of my shirt sleeves, but it was because sleeves were made longer in order to accommodate the thumbs.

You see, I have extralong limbs and have a nearly impossible time finding ready-to-wear clothes that are long enough. Shirt cuffs have never made it all the way to my wrists, and the hems of my pants have ended too far north of my ankles. This is one of the reasons I started sewing my own clothes.

Now that I have had a few tops with the thumbholes feature, it turns out that I do like to stick my thumbs through the seams of my shirt sleeves. The extra coverage over my wrists and the top of my hands is perfect when I head out for…

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  1. MissHajj November 15th

    Absolutely wonderful tutorial! Last week I sewed two athletic tops with performance fabrics that included thumb holes. I love the longer sleeve giving more coverage to the arm but the unfinished thumb holes left something to be desired. I will be referring to this tutorial for all future projects!!! Thank you!

  2. user-7103941 November 19th

    Thank you for this tutorial, I will be using it in some projects I have planned for the winter.

  3. user-214638 December 4th

    This is quite helpful but I wish I could print it out to use next to my machine.

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