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S.O.S. on a sewing term

sondra_lewis | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi, I’m pretty new to forum discussions but I have a question and I’m hoping this is a good way to get help. 

I have been trying to find out for at least 3 months what the term s.a.s. stands for.  I am an avid Threads and Sew News readers and this term pops up fairly often.  Everyone that I have asked has had no idea and I’m still in the dark. 

Any feedback would be great!


  1. Jean | | #1

    ??? Can you give an example of how it is used?

    The only thing that comes to my mind is SASE which is not a sewing term and means self addressed stamped envelope. :)

    Edited 8/16/2002 8:50:53 PM ET by Jean

  2. SewingSue | | #2

    Kitty,  If you can provide it in context we could probably help out.  "s.a." is seam allowance and is as close as I can get at the moment.  I normally don't have problems understanding the acroynms when I see them.


  3. SEWWRITER | | #3




    It's all "seam allowance"

    Stephanie Corina Goddard                                                                                 Member, Professional Association of Custom Clothiers

  4. Rita_Scanlan | | #4

    Howdy Kitty,

    Yes, Sue and Stephanie are correct. More specifically, here's how Threads uses the abbreviations:

    s.a. = seam allowance

    s.a.s. = seam allowances


  5. dpcoffin | | #5

    Hi, Kitty...Sorry we've confused you! Just a quick add-on to what's been said already: Whenever we use an abbreviation like s.a.s., or CB, for example, we usually use it in a drawing panel, and use it unabbreviated the first time, with the abbreviation we're going to use in parenthesis, so if you're confused, go back to the first drawings in that article and look for the reference.

    Best wishes!

    David Coffin

    1. sondra_lewis | | #6

      Wow - talk about Quick Draw McGraw.  I'd been trying for so long I didn't think I would find out so quickly. 

      Who knew the answer was so simple!

      PS  Thanks for the tip!

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