sewing term Archives - Totally Stitchin

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May 8, 2010 in Glossary

Fastener consisting of two rows of metal, plastic, or nylon teeth on strips of twill tao and a slide that draws the teeth together to close an opening.

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May 1, 2010 in Glossary

Applies to garment sewing. A lined opening allowing for movement when the garment is worn.

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inverted pleat

April 10, 2010 in Glossary

Pair of mirror-image knife pleats folded toward each other. An inverted pleat folded into an opening at the lower end of the center back seam of a straight skirt is also known as a kick pleat.

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March 20, 2010 in General

Narrow nylon or plastic strips used to create structure and shape in fitted garments.

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Novelty Print

February 6, 2010 in General

A novelty print, or conversation print, are fabrics printed with a theme motif that could represent the holidays, sports, hobbies, nursery rhymes, etc.

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February 5, 2010 in General

Fabric with a pattern can be perfect for showcasing a particular print. To make it stand-out you could "fussy-cut" certain pieces of the fabric. When doing this, you are isolating and cutting out a specific motif or print. For example, you may want a specific flower in a floral print to be the center of a canvas bag.

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Fat Eighth

February 4, 2010 in General

An 1/8 yard piece of 44/45" fabric cut in a non-traditional configuration. Traditionally an 1/8 yard would measure 4-1/2" x 44". However, a "fat" eighth measures 9" x 22".

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Fat Quarter

February 3, 2010 in General

A 1/4 yard piece of 44/45"-wide fabric that is cut in a non-traditional configuration. A traditional 1/4 yard cut would measure 9" x 44". However, a "fat" quarter typically measures 18" x 22".
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