When I first started learning how to sew, I tended to just blindly follow directions without really knowing what I was doing or why I was doing it. If someone told me to do something, I just did it. The items I made turned out ok so I wasn’t one to complain, but it took awhile before I was confident enough to sew on my own without any guidance. And then something clicked. If I knew the reasoning behind why I was doing something, all of a sudden sewing started making a lot of sense. While sewing can be (and should be) very creative, it’s also, when you break it down, really a series of technical steps. Eventually, I wasn’t just blindly going from one step to the next but, instead, could finally anticipate what the next logical step should be. And in sewing, you tend to do a lot of the same steps over and over again, (with some variation), in much of the same sequence. This is especially true in garment sewing. This is why, in my tutorials, I try to include explanations along with my directions. I hope this will make learning to sew easier for beginners.
This week, we break down one very common technique in garment sewing: The Understitch. You tend to find understitching done on garments that have facing or sometimes on lining. Facing is usually found in garments that are sleeveless or collarless. Regardless of where the understitch is going, the process is always the same. The reason for understitching is to keep the facing on the inside of the garment so that it won’t roll over to the right side of the garment and play peek-a-boo with you. It works great. Once you make the understitch, you will find that facing should fold over neatly and your garment will look more professional. Check out our new tutorial and we’ll show you exactly how it’s done.
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