Saturday, October 31, 2009

stitch terms & techniques

I hate to admit it but it is blog is sooo empty. I guess I'm not so into blogging these few months. 2-3 post monthly? So pity...anyway, got a lil bit mood today.There has been a crafting but it is still in early stage but I'm going to post something else which is not originally from me..but I think it is good to share it in here. I hope they don't mind...guilty face..:-(

Source: my new magazine-SEW August issue ( ). ( My sister bought it for me from UK. Thank you so much,Suzie! I really love it! )


ARMSCYE: An armhole in the body of the garment that the sleeve or facing will fit into.

APPLIQUE: Decorative technique with one piece of fabric stitched on top of another.

BIAS BINDING: Narrow strips of fabric used to create neat finishes to hems and edgings.

BOBBIN: Round holder underneath the needle plate on a sewing machine where thread is wound.

DART: A stitch tapered fold used to give garments shape around the contours of the body.

GRAIN: The lengthways and crossways directions of the threads in the fabric.

HEM & SEAM ALLOWANCE: Amount of fabric allowed for turning to make a hem or seam.

INTERFACING: Fabric placed between the main material and facing to give item structure, available in a range of weights.

LINING: A separate piece o fabric sewn on the inside of a piece to hide raw edges and help it hang well.

NOTIONS: The items used to complete a project, including zips, buttons and elastic.

PILLING: Small balls of fibre can appear on the surface of synthetic materials, cause by wear.

PLEAT: Even folds of fabric stitched to create shaping or for decoration

RAW EDGE: The cut edge of fabric, it can be finished with zig zag machine stitch to prevent fraying.

REVERSE STITCH: A sewing machine setting that allows you to work back over a row of stitches to secure.

RIGHT SIDE: This is the side of the fabric that will be on show when the project is competed.

SELVEDGE: The finished edges of woven fabrics.

TACKING STITCH: A loose hand sewn temporary stitch used to hold fabrics together before stitching

TOP STITCH: A machine straight stitch used on the right side on an item. Often worked in contrasting colour for decorative effect.

WARP: The lengthways threads on woven fabrics or textiles.

WEFT: The widthways threads that run across the warp on a woven fabric.

WRONG SIDE: The reverse side of the fabric, which will be the inside of the completed garment or project.

YOKE: The top section of a garment from which the rest of the skirt or dress hangs.

ZIG ZAG STITCH: A machine stitch used to secure raw edges of fabric that can also be used for decorative purposes.


  1. this magz is interesting. i will look for it. and thnx for sharing the basic terms. they're very useful! :)

  2. hi jessie, thx for the good info. susah nak cari magazine ni di malaysia.
    btw, i've been thinking of changing my blog alyout and stumbled upon your entry on 'new layout'. thx for sharing. i'd like to link your blog to mine ya. tq

  3. Hi Alvi & Dura,
    thanks for dropping by. I really like this magazine. wish that we can buy it easily here in Malaysia. Anyway, Dura, i need to redesign my layout again...but still working on it. saya budak baru blaja lg.hihi. nice knowing you!



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