Core sewing skills

10) Joining a straight length of goods to a curved length of goods. The rule of thumb for this is to have the straighter piece on top. It’s easier to position the straight piece in accordance with the curved line underneath.
11) Joining 2 oppositionally curved pieces.
12) Joining goods of different lengths together. The rule of thumb for this operation is to have the shorter piece on top, slightly stretching it to match the piece below. This is also a skill that a positioning exercise could improve.
13) Sewing a seam in which the cut edges are not aligned. An example of this is a flat felled seam. In forming this seam via single-needle, two passes are required to finish the seam. In the first seam, the goods are laid wrong sides together with one seam allowance extending beyond the other by 1/4″. The second seam is created by rolling the seam over, turning under the wider seam allowance and stitching into place. The tricky part is aligning the two pieces so that the 1/4″ overhang is consistent through out the seam.
14) Sewing a line of stitching along a circular edge.
15) Joining 2 pieces with circular edges together.
16) Manually forming and then stitching a hem along a circular cut edge.

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  1. Sarahs says:

    I’m so glad you reposted. Perfect timing for me. We are just beginning to interview stitchers at the “factory”. I can’t wait to set up a sewing obstacle course! We could expand it to sewing olympics…

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