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How to Sew a Dart

Start by pinning accurately

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Sewing darts is a necessary skill for properly fitting your garments. Video host and garment sewing expert Judith Neukam demonstrates how to sew a dart.

Begin sewing a dart by pinning it at the seamline. Match the dart legs at the edge, and fold the fabric through the dart point marking.

Pin at the dart point so you know where to stop stitching. Follow the marked line to stitch the dart.

Using tailor’s tacks and sewing a fish-shaped dart

This video also walks through how to pin a dart marked by tailor’s tacks and how to pin and sew a fish-shaped dart.

In addition, Judith explains how to secure thread ends without back-tacking or tying threads tails by hand.

She shows how to use a length of thread as a guide to sew a straight dart leg.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Garment sewing expert Judith Neukam got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

Advancing your skills

When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even if you never intend to become the next Coco Chanel, you’ll learn methods that add quality to your everyday wardrobe. Find out how to perfectly match stripes, plaids, and prints; baste seams; and insert underlinings and linings.

Finally, Judith shares the basics of pattern fitting and adjustment. Her method begins at the shoulders, ensuring the garment hangs properly. Follow along as Judith shows how to create a shoulder template that you can use again and again to adjust patterns before cutting the fabric. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to create a custom dress form so you can fit garments on a body that truly represents your true body shape.

 

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  1. user-7816042 | | #1

    Your thread method is brilliant. I’ve always had trouble sewing a straight dart seam.

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