How do you match seams when sewing?

How do you align seams?

First, with one strip wrong side facing up, use a seam gauge to mark the seam 1/4″ from the raw edge of the fabric. Then mark the seams on the right side of the other strip. Place the two strips with right sides facing, and use a straight pin to precisely align your two marked points. Pin together and sew!

How do you match a pocket pattern?

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Transfer pocket placement dots to front of shirt.
  2. Place pocket pattern on the shirt so dots match.
  3. Trace design of fabric onto tissue ( I marked the “googly eyes” of the crab using a water soluble marker just in case it bled through the tissue and onto the fabric.


How much extra fabric do I need to match a pattern?

Because plaids and stripes require exact placement of the pattern pieces, you almost always need a little extra fabric. The rule of thumb is that for small plaids, get at least an extra 1/2 yard, and for large plaids go with up to an full extra yard.

What is the difference between seam allowance and seam line?

Seamline is the line that you sew along, usually 5⁄8 inch in from the cutting line (outermost edge of the pattern piece that you cut along). Seam allowance is the distance between the cutting line and the seamline. This allowance is usually hidden inside the garment once it is sewn.

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What is a 5’8 seam allowance?

A 5/8″ (1.5cm) seam allowance is generally considered a standard. As this provides enough extra between the seam line and the cut edge of the fabric to ensure that the layers are all stitched when joining. It is also important for materials that unravel easily.

Do you sew on the seam allowance?


Once you have cut your fabric out you will need to stitch it together using the correct seam allowance. If you look at the plate of your sewing machine you will see that there are different numbers and lines marked. These are the seam guides.

How do you match fabric patterns?

Lay your fabric out double thickness, right sides together. Align the selvedges, carefully matching the pattern between top and bottom layers. Fold back the top layer of the fabric about half way up. Check to make sure the pattern on the two layers is still aligned and matching.

How do you match a curved seam pattern?

1. Match the seams together, as if you were sewing them (one on top of the other). You may need to flip one upside-down (which is the case in the example) to line them up correctly. If you are checking patterns that do not have seam allowance you can simply match the edges.