Stitching · Tips & Tricks

How I Fold and Press a Seam Allowance Accurately

In my almost six months of getting back into sewing, I’ve come across several instructions such as ‘turn up 1/4″ allowance and press’ or ‘press under 1/4″ on upper end… ‘ as instructed in my New Look 6232 in making the cuff.

This is by no means my invention; it was part of the instructions in making the pockets in one of the shirts I made for my sons back in May, though I can’t for the love of God remember which pattern. Before coming across this tip, I would measure then press, which was ok but I never got consistent results. This particular instruction was to sew the required allowance from the raw edge (in this case 1/4″), fold along the stitching, then press. Voilà !

I’ve since then got consistent result, and it is quick and simple. Below are the steps, and I hope you find it useful.

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Stitching 1/4″ from raw edges. Pretend you didn’t notice the unequal slopes.

 

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Fold along stitching such that stitches show on the edge of the wrong side but are not visible zon the right side. Press

 

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Right side; ready to be finished.
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I find it particularly useful for hemming along curved areas like neck and armhole edges

 

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