33 thoughts on “New Video: Sew From Wide to Narrow”

  1. It is such an interesting thing! Great video and the lack of wobbling on the second is clear but I think it is a shame that you don’t show us the hemline and the waistline on the two samples for better comparison.

  2. Good video, Ann. I’ve always sewn (sewed?) this way. Seems to me that I saw this noted in patterns of the past (50s/60s) but don’t remember the reasoning. It’s always good to bring these things forward for the newer generation and a reminder for us older folks. I noticed you didn’t have your IDT foot lowered – any particular reason? I’m looking forward to future classes at GF university!

    1. Since the majority of sewing machines don’t have IDT, I figured I’d level the playing field by leaving it un-engaged. Though my experience is that even with the IDT engaged, you still get better results sewing from wide to narrow.

  3. Thank you! that is great. I am just about to start sewing an A-line skirt, it is cut and ready to go. Now it will be perfect! thanks again.

  4. Very interesting! I’m curious though why is this so? I’ll definitely follow this tip next time! I’ve always blamed my cutting for the uneven hem.

  5. excellent tip Ann and lovely to hear your voice after following your blog for a long time. looking forward to more.
    linda in Australia.

  6. Forgot to add. Great job with the two videos. You have a good speaking voice, clear diction, easy to understand. Also great job with showing close-ups of the material being sewn. I’ve watched other videos that are hard to understand because the speaker speaks too fast and the materials are not clearly seen.

  7. Ann, I’m loving your videos. I watched the knit video three times, pausing it to take notes along the way. You have such wonderful stage presence, too, you know — Are you always so glamorous in your sewing room, or just when the camera is rolling? 🙂

    1. “Are you always so glamorous in your sewing room, or just when the camera is rolling?”

      Hahahahahahahahaha! Snort!
      No – ask Phyllis – I usually schlub around in jeans and a knit top (made by me, of course, from Gorgeous Fabrics!)

  8. Thank you for the tip! I have an understanding of why my hems are uneven at times. I am a visual learner. I like the illustrations, and hearing your voice. Question, what is an IDT foot?

  9. Does this apply to princess seams as well? BTW, I love hearing you in this video. You did a great job speaking clearly and showing the fabric and seam differences.

  10. Nicely done, Ann! Somehow I always ‘knew’ wide to narrow–perhaps something I learned from my grandmother.

  11. Ann,
    You have been my sewing friend in my head since I started reading you blog. Seeing your gorgeous video just makes you more “real.” Thanks, and I look forward to seeing and learning more.

    PS: The first time I bought fabric from gorgeousfabrics.com was for my daughter’s sweet sixteen dress. It was a gorgeous print with big pink roses and green leaves on a white backgroud. We had a mother/daughter tea and mentioned on the invite that “flowery dresses were welcome.” She truly looked gorgeous that day.

  12. Hi Ann,
    I already watched this video but had to watch it again because something really baffled me. It just didn’t make sense why sewing from wide to narrow will make a big difference. As I was sewing today, I realized something.

    With all due respect, I think you skipped a very crucial piece of information. Sewing from wide to narrow will only prevent the wobbling or uneveness if you have already sewn the other seam from narrow to wide. This is like sewing quilting pieces together. We were always taught to reverse direction of sewing when joining several pieces together to have a smooth finish. Your skirt demo showed both sides not sewn yet and you started sewing wide to narrow. The machine won’t know if you started from wide to narrow or narrow to wide, right? But if one side was already sewn, then reversing the direction of sewing on the other side will indeed make a difference.

    Hope you won’t delete this post and I hope I made sense. Thank you.

    1. No, I didn’t skip that. In fact, I used two separate pieces of fabric, and the results show that sewing wide to narrow gives a smoother result. It didn’t have anything to do with sewing first in one direction, then in the other. Maybe I don’t understand what you mean? But I stand by the statement, and the results.

      1. Hi Ann,
        No you got me right. It’s just that in my mind, it doesn’t make sense because you are sewing in a straight seam with equal allowance all throughout so I thought it wouldn’t matter which direction you sewed in the beginning. I did a mock-up of the wide to narrow and it didn’t look any different from narrow to wide. I usually encounter uneven hems on one side of the skirt after I’ve sewn the other. Just trying to solve a mystery to me!

  13. Great video I learn this years ago when I first started sewing 35 years ago but the reason given was : you always want to make sure the front and back pieces match up at the hem I never thought of the wobbling. Thanks for the video!

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