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Topstitching a closed sleeve?

Hansi | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m sewing a jacket w/a 2 piece sleeve (Vogue 8283).  The instructions call for topstitching the first sleeve seam before the sleeve is sewn into a tube.  (No problem!)  But then the instructions call for stitching the second seam so that the sleeve is a tube and subsequently topstitching the second seam.  How???????  I can’t figure it out.







  1. starzoe | | #1

    Nice pattern. It is possible to topstitch a tube, but not very convenient to do so. I would be inclined to fake it and top stitch by hand rather than try to get it under my presser foot although I would probably try to do it first as the pattern suggests.

    1. Hansi | | #4

      Thank you for the reply.

  2. jjgg | | #2

    to top stitch the second seam, when the sleeve is in a tube, turn the sleeve inside out, start at the shoulder end of the sleeve (top of the sleeve and work your way down, it will get more difficult as you work your way toward the cuff end as the sleeve will be bunched up, you can only do about one inch at a time and have to stop and gather things up a little to get to the next bit, but it is possible to do this.

    1. Hansi | | #6

      Thank you!  I'm going to try it on the muslin first for practice.

      1. jjgg | | #7

        It's ALWAYS a good idea to practice something. sometimes muslin works, sometimes you have to use scraps of the fashion fabric. I made a vintage vogue jacket once that had an unusual pocket on it, I did 3 or 4 trial runs of the pocket out of fashion fabric scraps before I tackled it on the jacket.

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    ThreadKoe | | #3

    Hi Jay, I agree with Jigg on how to do the sleeve seam. It is possible. There should be enough room to do it if the pattern suggests it. It all depends on how much patience you have. Cathy

    1. Hansi | | #5

      Thank you for the reply. 

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