Keeping Seams Together When Sewing

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There are varying schools of thought on the best way to keep seams together when sewing. Do you pin them or use some other method? This is a page about keeping seams together when sewing.
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September 5, 2007

Tips for keeping your seams together while sewing from the ThriftyFun community.

Use Tape

I'm new to sewing. Pinning fabric together doesn't always leave me with matched seams. I tried an experiment which worked well for me. I used tape to hold the fabric together and ended up with matching seams!

By Christi from NC

Use A Card

One way to keep seams matched is to put a recipe card under the left pressure foot when sewing, and moving forward as you advance. It holds the top fabric in place, and that is what shifts as you sew. This is especially handy for matching stripes or plaids. I use it for almost any seam to stop the shifting. I do pin the fabric together first. Give it a try.
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By Wisgal

Keep The Bottom Layer In Place

it is the nature of the machine to pull the bottom layer through a little ahead of the top layer, watch how the feed dogs work. You can overcome this by using a walking foot, sometimes it depends on the type of your material as well. Trying holding your finger gently behind, as the fabric feeds through, causing a "bunch-up", as that will help control the pulling through of the bottom layer and the stretching of material.

By fauxpaslover

Glue Stick

I'm an old seamstress but find that aside from the wonderful walking foot, it is possible to put seams together with an ordinary glue stick. The glue will wash out first wash and is harmless if left on. I learned to use it making drapes commercially. To keep satin, etc. from fraying, run the stick along the cut line before you cut. Wipe the scissors as necessary.
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By siris.

Double Sided Sewing Tape

You can use double side tape which is made for sewing. I use it to put in zippers you will get the zipper in place almost perfect all the time.

By patg

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March 26, 2020

What is a good way for keeping seams together when sewing?

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I use pins. I keep them an inch or so apart, and then take them up when I get close to the machine. It takes a bit of effort to do it this way, but in the end it's worth it.

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