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pinup_dream
« on: August 04, 2006 12:43:34 AM »

I've never made anything with darts so I am completely lost on the subject.  Normally if I don't know what to do while sewing I'll just wing it, but I keep hearing that darts are quite difficult and I don't think that would be very safe.  So I was wondering how everybody else does them... Huh
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006 05:28:03 AM »

Darts aren't difficult, the trick is just knowing what makes them look good, and what doesn't.
I sew from where the largest angle is, tapering down to the smallest. As you reach the edge, you want the angle between your stitching and the end of your dart to be as low as possible. Instead of a straight line like this "/", try swooshing it a little more, so for the last little bit you are quite low already.

What makes the little bubble that you may find on some of your first darts (or at least, I did) is that the area of your dart isn't completely enclosed. In order to prevent this I use a slightly smaller stitch size and make sure that I hit the fabric just as I am ending, even if it means the dart is a little elongated. Instead of backstitching, I leave a longer tail and tie the bobbin and upper threads securely.

Practice a bit on some spare fabric, and I always find the darts that go to the edge of the fabric are easier to do than those that look like a "v", coming from a centre point.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2006 04:26:41 AM »

Thanks zeeblebee! 
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