Thursday, March 01, 2012
Sewing Tip: Seam Allowance Guide
This sewing tip is not mine originally; I read about it years ago somewhere but don't remember where. But it works great, so I thought I'd share. :) I keep a circle of elastic on the free-arm of my sewing machine to use as a seam guide when I need to stitch a seam that is wider than the markings on the machine. The elastic guide is easy to move for varied seam allowances, yet it stays in place securely where you place it. To make your own elastic seam guide, just stretch a length of elastic around your sewing machine bed to fit for the right size. Sew the ends together and then place the circle of elastic around the free-arm of your machine. That's it! When I sewed the green skirt last week for my daughter, the elastic seam guide came in quite handy when I topstitched the wide hem of the skirt.