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« on: October 13, 2006 11:38:27 AM »

Hi all, this is my first post and I'm hopeful that someone will be able to give me some direction.  I'm new to sewing (made only jammie pants for my kids) and decided to try their halloween costumes.  My problem is that I have no idea how to do sleeves!  I have patterns and I'm just having a heck of a time trying to pin the sleeves properly to the arm holes, can anyone tell me (in terms a kid could understand, preferably  Tongue ) how to get this right?  Thanks so much.  Smiley

« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006 08:47:04 PM »

My favorite way to sew in sleeves:
1) sew shoulder seams together.
2) Sew flat sleeve piece to armhole.
3) Sew side seam up all the way to cuff of sleeve.

That way, if the pattern pieces are a little off, you don't have to worry about trying to make them fit at the last minute.  The armhole of the pattern will almost certainly be the right size, but commercial patterns are sometimes a little off.

If your seams are already sewn together and you don't want to take them apart, try this:
1) Fold the sleeve in half along the seam and mark the fold that is created.
2) Match the pin with the seam and fold in half the other way, and mark those two new folds.  You should now have three pins and a seam line all equal distance from each other.
3) Find and mark the quarter points in a similar way on the arm hole, with the side seam and sholder seam as guides.
4) Carefully pin your marked quarters together.

I hope that helps.  Sleeves are always such a pain.

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