5 Sewing Tips for April

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

Back again with more sewing tips from the blog archives!


First up is a note on sewing those little triangles at the end of jet/welt pockets. In the image below, the end of the two jets don’t align perfectly. In theory they should, but in real life there is often a bit of fabric creep as you sew them on.


Of most importance is that the line of the fabric fold (ie where you are going to sew) is square to the line of the pocket. If I force the ends of these jets to match, it will skew this line and the end of the pocket will be slanted. Not good!


An oldie but a goodie, and something I needed to remind myself as this week I struggled to detect the right side of a fabric I was sewing!


It takes only a second to chalk the wrong side of your fabric while cutting, and can save a lot of heartache later on – especially if you sew at night like I do!


I remember clearly the a-ha moment when taught this trick at fashion school:

Tailoring Armhole Reinforcement

Taping the armhole on a tailored jacket prevents those curves from growing – both during sewing and during wear. It also prevents inadvertent stretching of the upper armhole as the sleeve is eased to fit. I’ve used fusetape here, but twill tape is also used.


Sometimes when sewing seams on scalloped lace you end up with odd pieces of seam allowance that need sorting out:

Here the seam allowance was neatened by folding it in on itself and backtacking in place. You can do this with any thread tails from overlocking too.


This month’s tutorial from the archives is how to make custom piping to spice up your own creations. Just as important is how to accurately attach the piping for best results – it’s all here:

How to make and attach perfect piping, a tutorial by Pattern Scissors Cloth

Hope there is something new-to-you here this month!

Posted by

Designer, Patternmaker, Blogger Of All Things Sewing. Follow as I share projects, patterns, and my favourite tricks of the trade.

10 thoughts on “5 Sewing Tips for April

  1. I’ve been getting more in the habit of stay stitching my armholes along with the necklines now on everything! I’ve had a couple of instances when I noticed the armholes seem to stretch a bit and realized it doesn’t take much extra time to just run that staystitch all the way around the top as opposed to just around the neckline. Tape is a great idea however on an armhole like a jacket where the fabric is thicker and definitely more inclined to stretch more. Thank you Sheryl! I always look forward to your 5 tips!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks for another set of tips, Sheryl; they are always very useful and I look forward to seeing what great ideas and reminders you have come up with!


  3. Thanks for the really good tips Sheryl. It is not always things we don’t know but reminding us of things we do know that is helpful. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Thanks for the tips! I never thought about taping the arm holes – it’s always the part I struggle with the most. Can’t wait to give it a go


Have your say!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.