Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Crepe Sew-Along #10: Sew Your Darts
First, I clip the end of my dart legs. This helps me line up the dart lines more accurately.
It's worth noting that there are several ways to pin a dart and several ways to secure a dart. You can:
1. Leave long-ish thread tails and tie them in a knot.
2. Start decreasing your stitch length toward the end of the dart, til you're down to about .5 mm. These super short stitches will be extra secure.
3. You can also tack within the body of the dart. (This is how I do mine.) Sew to the end of the dart as per usual. When you get to the end, lift up your presser foot and pull the garment piece toward you an inch or so, pulling out a bit of thread from the machine. Next, anchor your needle within the body of the dart and make a few stitches. This machine tacking will not be visible from the outside since it's inside the body of the dart. I learned this technique from a Threads video, so have a watch if you'd like to see it in action.
And press! Press your bust darts down and your waist darts toward the center of the garment piece. Repeat on the two back pieces.
Go forth and sew!