5 Sewing Tips for March

5 Sewing Tips for March - from the archives of Pattern Scissors Cloth



Don’t be afraid to question the order of construction in some sewing patterns. Check out these sewing instructions:

Order of construction for sewing patch pockets : Pattern Scissors Cloth

After nearly finishing this jumpsuit, you are expected to manipulate your sewing machine around all the fabric layers to sew the patch pockets on – how could you do this neatly and accurately?

It is far easier to sew the pockets to flat fabric. In this instance I would attach them after the sewing the darts.


It’s a bit hard to tell from this photo, but this is the upper end of an invisible zip – from the inside!

How to fold the upper end of an invisible zip for a neat finish - Pattern Scissors Cloth

I’m demonstrating how to fold down the upper seam allowance with end of the zip tape before turning it through. I never trim the zip tape – folding this way results in a neater, stronger finish.


Moving on to the underside of a collar now – can you see how the top collar rolls slightly to the underside?

How a collar seam rolls to the underside - Pattern Scissors Cloth

This is good! The aim is to hide the joining seam from view when the coat is worn.


Do you use your presser foot as a stitching guide? When I am understitching as in this photo, I line the inner edge of the foot up with the seam. And I often use the outer edge of the foot as a guide for topstitching at 6mm.

Sewing Understitching using the presser foot as a guide - Pattern Scissors Cloth

This is an industrial presser foot, so your one might be a different width to mine. Note the ideal position on your foot for even stitching every time.


This month featured tutorial is how to sew a perfect set-in sleeve. It includes lots of handy sleeve setting tips, with a bonus bit about tailored collars at the start!

how to sew a perfect set-in sleeve


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