Does which way really matter?

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I was reading last night that a seam should be stitched from the wide end to
the narrow end.  (Meaning if you were putting an A-line skirt together that
you should begin your stitching at the hem edge and sew towards the waist.)
etc.
    It might have been about 1947 that I made an A-line skirt but I do make
lots and lots of baby daygowns and that side seam is similar.
    Do you think which way matters?  It might.  Don't know.  Polly
 


Re: Does which way really matter?
Le 14/01/2011 06:02, Polly Esther a écrit :
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I have never thought that it matters, however I do sew all side seams on
a garment in the same direction as each other.
Claire in Montréal France.
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

Re: Does which way really matter?
On 14/01/2011 07:30, Claire Owen wrote:
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I do this as much as possible.  I sew velvet and other piled fabrics in
the direction of the pile.

It is MOST important to sew the two bits in the same direction (usually
top down) on zips,  concealed zips in particular.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: Does which way really matter?

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That's interesting.  I seem to remember learning in "domestic science" that
you sew down the zip, across at the bottom and then up - making a continuous
U shape.  It makes far more sense to sew each side in the same direction so
I will try this in future.



Re: Does which way really matter?
On 16/01/2011 02:49, Viviane wrote:
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The difference between the home ecc/home made method and the
professional method...  If you sew the two halves in the same direction,
having fixed top and bottom equally, they are going to behave the same
way and are much less likely to twist and ruckle...

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: Does which way really matter?
I was taught to sew all side seams in the same direction, so the garment
would hang correctly.  Right or wrong, I've done this for over 65-years now,
and never thought about doing it any other way.

Emily



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When I was taught to sew over 40 years ago, in the ninth grade, we were told
something like this.  That is, that seams should be sewn in a certain
direction.  I paid no attention then, and I pay no attention now, so I can't
say if we were told the same thing you read.  However, I did recently read
that it makes more difference, if the sides are not quite equal (as in
sleeves, inseams, etc.), to have the larger side on the bottom to allow the
feed dogs to help ease the larger side in.   This is something I always
tried to do anyway, so I was glad to be validated in that!

I do agree with Kate that zippers are a whole different animal and I always
am sure to sew both sides in the same direction.  However, I always seem to
go bottom up, because that works better for me.  Disclaimer:  I have never
put in an invisible zipper, although I recently bought the special foot for
my machine, so I may try one next time.   I haven't worked with either
velvet or corduroy in years, so I don't remember if I made a point of the
sewing in the same direction, or not.  I will if I ever use them again
though!

I mostly do quilts now, but before I retired five years ago I made almost
all of my clothes, which tended toward lined, tailored jackets and pants,
tops and occasionally skirts.  I own two dresses, one old black T-shirt
dress that I found in my cedar chest and which should probably be tossed,
and a dress I made last year for a cruise, which I didn't like and didn't
wear.  (Ended up wearing black pants, white top, and a quickie short unlined
jacket I made.)

I have a wedding to attend at the end of March and I am again thinking of
trying for a dress, as I bought a bunch of dress patterns.  I used to make
and wear dresses all the time when I was just out of school, but I feel
weird in them now!


Iris



Re: Does which way really matter?
On 1/14/2011 8:31 AM, IEZ wrote:
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I read that you should sew from the bottom up so on pants so that they
are even at the hem line. That was so if your cutting was a little of
you could straighten it out at the waist line with less problems and the
hem line and leg would hang better. So I do the same thing on all clothing.
Juno

Re: Does which way really matter?

I was taught to sew always from the inside out, but later found out
that , the more i combined seams into one long seam the better, thus
when sewing pants i join the upper crotch first from front to back, if
their is a zip i sew thiis first than sew further to back, than i turn
the pants over and sew from one leg`s lower part yo other leg lower
part , this goves a much stronger crotch.
in skirts i sew always from the waist down , easier to adjust the hem
than the belt waist part .
mirjam

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