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What’s the meaning of G H in sewing

cecine | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m a new at sewing and I read often the tips and tricks of Sandra Betzina in the magazine and often she refers to 1H or 1G and I dont understand what those letters means. Is there someone who can help me. Thanks


  1. starzoe | | #1

    What is the context?

    1. cecine | | #3

      HI starzoe - Thank you for replying, here are the situation. It's about hem allowance. she said on her sewing tips solution, a jacket hem can be 1G" to 1H" or a blouse hem uses double turn of G" or trouser are typically 1G" or a fuller pant needs a H" hem to eliminate bulk and so on. I hope this will help you to help me. Thank.

      1. starzoe | | #4

        You mentioned a magazine in your first posting? What magazine was this? I haven't seen any instructions like that from Betzina, and I have taken classes from her. Maybe you can point us to the magazine itself or quote the instructions.

      2. cecine | | #5

        Hi Starzoe. It was her chronicle Top sewing tips in Sew news magazine October/november 2008 issue for tips on hem allowance. Hope to hear from you soon.

        1. starzoe | | #6

          I don't read Sew News so can't help you there. Why don't you go into Betzina's website and ask the question?

        2. cafms | | #7


          I think there must be a typographical error in your magazine.  I have that issue in my  stack and looked at the article you mention.  In mine it says "A jacket hem can be     1 1/4 - 1 1/2 ..." etc.  The blouse hem is a double turn of 1/4 inch.  The letters G & H must have been substituted for the fractions for some reason. 

          I hope this helps you figure out what was supposed to be there.

          1. cecine | | #8

            Hi cafms - After reading your reply it make sens what you said. Thanks for help me and all of you also. Cheers

  2. Ckbklady | | #2

    Is is possible that you're referring to Ms. Betzina's method of sizing her patterns? She did away with size numbers since people don't like having to sew a larger size than their ready-to-wear. I, for example, sew a 12-14 in most regular Vogue patterns, but sew a "C" in Sandra Betzina's patterns.



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