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Tips for Following A Sewing Pattern

So, you’ve decided to take up a new rewarding craft; sewing! Sewing can be fun and exciting once you see the results of your completed project. Most sewing project follow a written pattern which makes it easier for you to get those perfect, I-can’t-believe-I-made-this, results. Since you are just starting out, you may not understand even the simplest patterns. Not to worry! Once you learn the details included in sewing patterns it will become much easier to follow and you will be showing off your newly completed projects in no time! Before purchasing a pattern, especially for clothing, be sure that the pattern includes the exact size you need. If you are a size medium and the pattern only comes in an extra small that will be difficult to convert especially for a beginner. An easy way to see what size the pattern is to check the back of the package. (If you are buying the pattern in store). Typically, the size details will be labeled on the back as well as different versions of the pattern, i.e. a dress with and without sleeves. Once you have determined this pattern is right for you can move to the next step. Remember before stating a sewing project, wash and dry your material. Certain materials may shrink or stretch so it is important so start on washed fabric. Once your fabric is washed and dried you can begin cutting out the fabric. If the pattern includes multiple sizes be sure that you are cutting along the right line. Different sizes are distinguished by the type of lines. For example, a size small may be represented with a thin straight line and a medium with a dotted line. Most written fabrics will have a legend to explain the different symbols used in the pattern. Here’s an explanation of most symbols included in sewing patterns. • Notches – This is typically represented with a solid triangle and indicates the points you need to match together when sewing. • Grain lines – These are represented by double ended arrows. Grain lines tell you to place the pattern piece parallel to the edge of the fabric. Measure from the top and bottom of the arrow. • Darts – Shown as a dotted triangle or diamond, these show you where to stitch to add shape in areas such as the bust and waist. The symbol looks like a horizontal diamond shape with dotted lines. • Adjustment lines – Typically shown by double lines which are usually accompanied by the words “lengthen or shorten here”. • Fold lines – This symbol means to place the fabric on the fold. Place your pattern piece on the folded edge of the fabric. Always check that your edges are even. • Button and Buttonholes – This tells you where to place the button on your project and is represented with an X. With these pattern reading tips your next sewing project should be a breeze! All that is left to do is to pick out your fabric and get started. Here at Nick of Time Textiles, we have variety of quality fabrics available at discount prices. Shop with us online or contact us by phone at 610-395-4641 for assistance finding the right fabric to meet your project needs.

So, you’ve decided to take up a new rewarding craft; sewing! Sewing can be fun and exciting once you see the results of your completed project. Most sewing projects follow a written pattern which makes it easier for you to get those perfect, I-can’t-believe-I-made-this, results. Since you are just starting out, you may not understand […]


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Nick of Time Textiles Ltd. is known for offering the lowest prices and the largest selection of wholesale fabrics on the Internet. As a family owned-and-operated American business based out of Allentown, PA, Nick of Time offers “old fashioned” service. One of the helpful things Nick of Time has online is this blog you’re reading… […]


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Once upon a time, when it wasn’t as easy to run out and buy clothing as it is today, there were many children who were forced to learn how to sew. Fortunately, those days are long gone, and sewing isn’t something people need to do. However, sewing can be a fun activity for kids, and […]

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