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Tips for Sewing Princess Seams in Heavy Fabrics

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty Technical Editor: by Carol Fresia

Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King explain show to handle princess seams in heavy fabrics, so the seam is smooth and the seam allowances don’t add bulk.

When sewing princess seams, you can press the allowances open or press both to one side, depending on the garment and the fabric. In heavier fabrics, pressing the allowances open balances the bulk on both sides of the seamline, so this is the preferred method. Kenneth also recommends not clipping or notching the seam allowances. Although most pattern instructions tell you to do so, he avoids cutting into the allowances so there is intact seam allowance width in case the garment needs to be let out later.

Instead of clipping the allowances on the concave center panel seam, Kenneth uses a steam iron to stretch the allowance. Avoiding the seamline, press and stretch just the allowance edge until it is the same…

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