glossary

Hand Tack the Facing: With a needle and thread stitch along the edge of the facing. Every inch or so, use your needle to snag a thread on the main body of your fabric. This will tack the facing in place without a visible stitch on the right side of your fabric.

Pat yourself on the back: With your dominant hand reach over your opposite shoulder and pat your back softly and lovingly. If back patting isn’t your thing try giving yourself a thumbs up in the mirror, or popping a bottle of champagne (be careful not to get champagne on completed project). This step is not necessary but you should consider celebrating at the end of every sewing project. You’ve just taken raw materials and turned them into something wonderful! You’re amazing!

Right sides together: When sewing it is important to be aware of the right and wrong sides of your fabric. The right side will face outward when you wear your completed garment. When the pattern says right sides together be sure that the right sides of your fabric are pinned/stitched facing each other. If your fabric looks similar on both sides, mark the wrong side of your fabric with some chalk or a piece of tape.

Stay stitch: Stay stitching is done on rounded areas of unsewn pieces to keep fabric from stretching or distorting. Use a long straight basting stitch.

Trim away excess: To keep your finished garment from looking bulky, you need to trim away excess fabric in the seam allowance after you have stitched it. Carefully cut close to your stitch without cutting into it or breaking any threads.