Matching patterned fabric is an important step to take before you begin sewing. You want to make sure that the patterns, lines, strips, or plaids are aligned. This will make your project more appealing to the eye when it is done. Here you will learn how to properly match and join your fabric.
Checking the Pattern:
- Look on the selvage for marks indicating the beginning and end of a repeat, or measure the size of a repeat.
- Selvages on directional prints also have arrows indicating which end is up.
- Copy the markings onto the bank of the fabric before cutting off the selvage.
Matching the Pattern:
- Cut out the fabric sections so that the top edge of each is at same point on the print.
- Trim off the selvages
- Turn under ¾” along the matching raw edge of one piece, then pin and press the folded edge with an up and down motion.
Joining the Pattern Together:
- Place double-faced basting tape on the right side of the adjoining piece, along the seam line.
- Pin the pieces together, aligning the printed pattern and sandwiching tape.
- Stitch the seam from wrong side, but do not stitch through the tape.
- Once you have finished the seam, carefully remove the tape.
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