Ask: 8/29/11

Do you have any special tricks when it comes to sewing with plaids? 


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Yes ! Sometimes, if you don’t fold the fabric absolutely perfectly, the plaid won’t be the same on both sides, so I make a full size pattern and then cut it out.

  2. margueritedesigns

    I put little tacking stitches in where the main pattern lines meet before machining. This stops the fabric shifting under the foot. Looks good when the lines meet!

  3. Use a walking foot, it keeps your presser foot and feed dogs from pulling and pushing your fabric through the machine at different speeds.

  4. Great tips!
    I trace the lines of the plaid onto critical areas on the pattern piece so each time I cut that pattern piece, the plaid is in the same place. This also helps when cutting corresponding pieces so the plaid lines up properly. Actually, I do this with any print I need to match or at least line up.

  5. I cut one piece and line it up against the piece it will be sewn to as I pin the next piece. It takes longer to cut things out but they line up well.