Some of these JEs (Jargon Explained) will be really obvious to some of you, so apologies for that, but for the 5% that don't know, I'm hoping that next time you take a look at pattern instructions you will no longer break out in a panic sweat!
Some of the topic I'm aiming to cover are:
- Hand stitches
- Zips, buttonholes and pockets
- Pattern Jargon
Anyway enough of me rambling, time for the first JE!
JE 001 - Stay-Stitch
Stay-stitching is where you machine (or hand) stitch a line or stitches around the edge of a cut piece of fabric, usually about 1cm in from the edge. They are always done towards the center of the piece, for example a collar line would start at one shoulder and finish in the middle, then turn the piece round and repeat for the other side.
Stay-stitches stay in the finished garment and help prevent material from stretching on curves. This is especially important for easy fray and delicate fabrics, and non-reinforced curves (i.e. no interfacing fabric used).
I don't have pictures of the yet (I will take some and update another day) but it's a relatively simple to do and will really help the line of your garments!