In today’s FREE online fashion sewing article and video tutorial, as requested by one of my readers, I’d like to demonstrate the technique of sewing with stay tape.
In particular, I want to show you how effective stay tape can be, when adding it to the seams of inseam pockets.
But, before we move onto the video tutorial, I think we should first look at stay tape itself.
What is Stay Tape and Why Do We Need to Use It?
Put simply, stay tape is a roll of woven, felt like material, cut either on the bias or straight of grain.
Its purpose is to add ‘stability‘ to a sewing project.
Stay tape, ideal for use on knitted and stretch fabrics can be added to seams, thus preventing over stretching or miss shaping of a particular garment area.
I suppose we can look at stay tape as scaffolding, supporting the much weaker seam area to stretched / knitted fabrics.
Stay tape can be purchased in either fusible (iron on) form, or non fusible, sewn on format.
Adding stay tape to your sewing projects is a fairly easy process which I’ll demonstrate below.
Stay Taping Inseam Pockets
The technique I’ll be demonstrating in my fashion sewing video tutorial, will be that of using and sewing stay tape onto the seam of and inseam pocket.
Do remember that adding stay tape to other seams uses the same principle.
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Stay Taping Inseam Pockets – Written Instruction
1 – Prepare your inseam pocket, ensuring the right side of the pocket is facing the right side of the garment.
2 – Measure the seam of the inseam pocket and then cut a strip of stay tape to the desired length. Pin into place over the seam of the inseam pocket.
3 – Machine sew a row of stitching along the centre of the stay tape.
4 – The seam is now supported and strengthened.
Have you found this video tutorial of use?
Stay tape is a great way of introducing structure to areas of stretch and knitted seams, thus providing longevity for our hard worked sewing projects.
Why not give it a go next time your sewing with knits or stretch fashion fabrics and tell me how it goes!
If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
Happy fashion sewing
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