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Sunday, March 18, 2007

How To Finish The Ends Of A Waistband

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Sewing Friends:

Sometimes you just don't want to topstitch a waistband and you don't like the way the ends look when you make a tiny seam and turn it right side out . . .so here is a neat way to sew the exposed ends of the waistband without any stitches showing.

This is an old sewing tip that we used when we made classic tailored suits and actually wore them. It is neat, quick and easy to do.
  • Before you start to well-stitch (stitch-in-the-ditch) the garment/waistband seam together, pull out about 8-10 inches of sewing threads together to leave long beginning thread tails.
  • Then, machine well-stitch (stitch-in-the-ditch) the garment/waistband seam as usual, and when you get to the end, do NOT cut your tail threads.
  • Again, leave about 8-10 inches of the sewing threads at the end of the band.
  • Thread these threads through a hand needle and slip-stitch the folds of the waistband together at the ends of the band. This is a really neat and secure finish.

Think about all the many places you can use this sewing tip.

Extra Sewing Tip:

Leaving long thread tails to hold onto when you begin to sew a seam often helps you start sewing, whether stitching something bulky or even very thin fabrics. Try it!

It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,

Marian

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