Fabric Easing

Ease Fabric PiecesEven if you've only done a little bit of sewing, I'm sure you've been in a situation where you're trying to pin two fabric pieces together and one piece is slightly bigger than the other.  Even when I cut out my pieces as carefully as I can, it still happens.  I just accept that it's completely unavoidable and no two pieces that are meant to be seamed together will ever fit together perfectly.  But what do you do in these situations?  Do you cut off the excess?   Do you just start sewing, hoping for the best, and end up with a big fat wrinkle in the middle of your seam?  I will admit to having done both of those things during my beginner days.  Now that I'm more experienced, I'm going to let you in on my little secret which is "easing."  What is easing you ask?  Well, easing is a method of taking the excess length of one fabric and trying to evenly distribute that excess throughout the length of the shorter piece as you're pinning them together.  The end result should be a perfectly smooth seam with no puckering and the edges of the fabric pieces should be aligned.  Easing is an essential trick home sewers use to make it look like all your pieces fit together perfectly.  If you want to learn this trick, then definitely check out the tutorial above for a quick and clear demonstration.

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