15 Words to Learn When Beginning to Sew
Did you know that part of learning to sew means you have to learn a new language? Not really, but kind of. Sewing has a set of lingo terms you should know to be able to follow instructions and patterns correctly.
While there is a very long list of words used exclusively in the sewing world, this is your Girlfriend's Guide of 15 words to know when beginning to sew.
A layer of fabric on the back of a quilt that covers the batting.
Used at the beginning and the end of a seam, a couple of extra stitches are sewn back and forth to anchor the seam. Also known as back tacking.
The filling of quilts and makes them warm and heavy
Temporary, long stitches done by hand or machine to hold fabric in place for final stitching.
True bias is a cut made on an angle 45 degrees to the selvage, which is the stretchiest part of the fabric.
A narrow strip of fabric wrapped and sewn around a cord. Used as a decorative element added to pillows, valances, and other soft furnishings. Also known as piping or welt.
Right Side/Wrong Side
The right side of the fabric is the side, which is seen when the project is done while the wrong side is the back side and is usually not as bright.
The fabric between the cut edge of the fabric and the line of stitching. Generally, a 1/4-1/2" seam allowance is used.
The factory edges of a fabric that run lengthwise on both sides of the fabric.
An edge or seam sewn on a serger. Great for keeping the edges of a fabric from fraying.
Small objects or accessories use for sewing such as buttons, snaps, and collar stays. Notions also include the small tools used in sewing, such as needles, thread, pins, marking pens, elastic, and seam rippers.
The part of a sewing machine on which the lower thread is wound.
A typical seam allowance for most sewing projects, which is 1/4".
A narrow strip of fabric attached along the edge of a project to give it a finished look.
The edge of a piece of material before it has been sewn.
Knowing these sewing terms will give you the knowledge you need to become a successful sewer. To learn more sewing basics for beginners, read here for 7 Basics Every Beginner Sewing Needs to Learn.
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