I’ve been doing a good bit of sewing lately, and it occurred to me as I straightened the edge of some fabric that I should share this trick with you. I’m sure many of you know to do this already. But, not everyone sews, and I always want to show unseasoned seamstresses how to do things the easy way. Sometimes it’s the most basic things that give you the best end results.
You know most window treatments are rectangles, right? You may have the occasional curved edge along the bottom of a valance, but most window treatments have all straight edges.
If you begin straight, you will finish straight. After going to the trouble and expense of making window treatments, we want them to hang correctly. We want pillows that look crisp and not warped.
This quote shared by a friend is a favorite of mine.
Begin as you mean to end.
Don’t you love that? It applies to everything in life, even sewing.
My tip to easily straighten your beginning fabric edge before cutting is to pull a thread across your fabric, from one selvage edge to the other. Simple, right?
You should know by now that I don’t do anything if it’s hard. Maybe I shouldn’t say anything…OK…much.
Find the first thread along the edge that runs all the way across the width – and pull it gently.
With printed fabric, you will see a slight change of color along the reverse side. See the dog print (upside down) through the fabric? The brown background shows into the white when the thread has been pulled slightly.
Even with solid fabrics, it’s much easier to see the grain line of the fabric on the reverse side. (Sometimes you can pull the thread completely out of the fabric, leaving a clear line that shows where to cut.) When you get to the point where you see this pulled line easily, you’re ready to cut.
If your thread breaks, find a thread beside it and pull that one.
Cut along that pulled line across the width of fabric, and you establish the beginning point for measuring and cutting window treatments, pillows…everything.
Then…you will end as you began…straight! 🙂
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