As you already know if you read this blog, I’m currently trying to get rid of some of my bad sewing habits, like sewing too fast and not doing enough prep work. Good preparation really saves you a lot of time in the end, and today I’m sharing this quick and easy tip for ensuring that your seams match up when joining two pieces.
Step 1: Pin the pieces together, putting the pin right through the stitch line, making sure it’s dead center in both pieces. If you do it correctly, the pin doesn’t even go through any fabric, just the tiny openings between stitches.
This pinning technique is one I actually learned from my quilter friend and I’d been pinning this way for a while when sewing things like a bodice to a skirt to make sure the side seams were in the same spot. Even so, I was still having a little trouble with the seams not ending up exactly straight. The reason for that is that I was skipping step 2.
Step 2: Baste at that point using the width of your actual seam allowance. This allows you to open the fabric out and be sure the seams match. If you skip this step, you can end up with unmatched seams because as you sew (especially on curved or gathered areas) the fabric can shift slightly as you take out pins. There’s nothing like sewing an entire seam before realizing the pieces have moved around on you, right?
Step 4: Do the same thing to any other places that need it. For example, if you’re pinning a waistband to a skirt, you’ll need to do this to both side seams. Then pin the rest and sew your entire seam.
Step 5: Enjoy the peace of mind you get from sewing KNOWING that your seams will match up! If you’re at all like me, you’ve probably lost a little sleep over that at some point in your life.