If you’ve been sewing a particular item for a while, you’ve probably already established a sewing plan without even knowing it. A sewing plan is a bit like the sewing instructions but simplified into bullet points and is useful for when you’ve got a large order of the same thing and need to work like a production line.
A sewing plan for a pair of elasticated shorts for example would look like this –
- centre front (CF) and centre back (CB) seams
- side seams
- crotch seam
- waist casing and labels
As you can see, it’s not a detailed set of instructions, but more of an ordered list of steps. The underlined steps are done on the straight sewing machine while the others are done on the overlocker. Doing the first two steps together saves a trip to the overlocker and will save you time.
For these shorts I’ve chosen to do the hems before the crotch seam because it’s easier and quicker to do the hems out flat. This is common practice in children’s wear because of the size of the items. A hem on a pair of size 1 shorts can be a small area to work in and maintaining an even hem stitch line can become tricky when you’re trying to work quickly.
Top Tip – Elastic Casings
Not many commercial patterns show this, but you can insert elastic into a casing as you’re sewing. This eliminates the need to thread the elastic through the casing later. Learning this method will save you time and double handling – you won’t have to take the garment back to the machine to sew up the opening. It’s trick, but well worth mastering.
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