Sewing: Glossary

Sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren. The list is by no means a complete sewing dictionary, but a reference for readers of this blog and its products. The sewing glossary will continue to grow as The Inspired Wren grows.
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Back Stitch: Sew 2-3 stitches forward, sew 2-3 stitches in reverse, repeat two-three times. This acts as a knot, preventing a seam from unraveling at the beginning and end of stitching. Best used when the stitching remains unseen; avoid using when top- or edge-stitching. | The Inspired Wren

Back Stitch Defined

Defining back stitch: one in a series of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren.

Lock Stitch: At the beginning or end of a line of stitching, set your stitch length to 0 and take a couple of stitches in place before changing your stitch to the appropriate length for your project. This acts as a knot, preventing a seam from unraveling at the beginning and end of stitching. Nearly invisible, it can be used in place of back-stitch or hand knotting. | The Inspired Wren

Lock Stitch Defined

Defining lock stitch: one in a series of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren.

A glossary of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren; includes definitions and meanings of common sewing words and phrases.

Glossary

A glossary of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren; includes definitions and meanings of common sewing words and phrases.

Seam Allowance:  The part of the fabric between the stitching and the raw edge. Typically unseen in final projects, it can vary in size from a scant sixteenth-inch and up; seen here as a half-inch. | The Inspired Wren

Seam Allowance Defined

Seam Allowance: The part of the fabric between the stitching and the raw edge. Typically unseen in final projects, it can vary in size from a scant sixteenth-inch and up; seen here as a half-inch.

Edge Stitch: Straight stitch sewn on a visible part of the project, 1/16" or 1/8" from and parallel to the fabric's edge, a seam, or another stitching line. When stitching use the edge of your pressure foot as a guide and adjust the needle position (left, center, or right) to create the distance you desire. Can be used to reinforce a seam or as a decorative finish. | The Inspired Wren

Edge Stitch Defined

Defining edge stitch: one in a series of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren.

Selvage (Selvedge):  The self-finished, uncut edge of a piece of fabric; will not fray. A result of fabric manufacturing, these parallel edges are typically visibly and texturally different from the regular weave of the fabric and may contain written information identifying the fabric and/or ink color tests. [US English (British English)] | The Inspired Wren

Selvage (Selvedge) Defined

Defining selvage (selvedge): one in a series of sewing terms, concepts, and techniques that are used in articles, patterns, and tutorials on The Inspired Wren.

Raw Edge: The edge of fabric where it has been cut; may or may not fray easily depending on the fabric. | The Inspired Wren

Raw Edge Defined

Raw Edge: The edge of fabric where it has been cut; may or may not fray easily depending on the fabric.

Top Stitch: From the visible side of a project, straight- or decorative-stitch on the piece. Similar to Edge-Stitch with the only difference being location, top-stitching is visible on the final project. | The Inspired Wren

Top Stitch Defined

Top Stitch: From the visible side of a project, straight- or decorative-stitch on the piece. Similar to Edge-Stitch with the only difference being location, top-stitching is visible on the final project.

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