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« on: January 06, 2008 03:06:38 PM »

i've been paying a close attention to expensive brand name clothings lately and i noticed something strange. well not strange but you know what i mean...

anyway.
i noticed that some of the clothes dont have top stitching even though its double layered. it just looks so professional.
do you get what im saying?. Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh
ah i think im confusing myself too.

well if you still dont get it just ask me i guess.
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thanx a bunch.
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008 04:37:26 PM »

I'm still not entirely sure what you mean, but maybe you are talking about how linings/facings are attached?  It's kind of like making a pillow -- you sew with the right sides together, then flip it inside out so the raw edges are on the inside, but it gets more complicated when you have sleeves and other details (so you really need to think it through before you sew).  You can get a nice crisp edge by pressing carefully, and sometimes understitching the lining (stitching it down to the seam allowance) helps keep the lining from creeping out.  Topstitching isn't usually structural -- it's usually decorative.

But maybe that's not what you mean?  Maybe you could give a more specific example?
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008 07:55:03 PM »

I think what Kaitlinnegan is describing is called a french seam.  Does it look like the one's at this site?http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/ss/frenchseam.htm
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008 10:00:47 PM »

Actually, I wasn't talking about a french seam -- just how linings or facings are attached (any kind of seam finish could be used), but perhaps sarinaIStheBOMB was talking about french seams?  Huh Smiley  It's hard to describe these things in text.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008 05:35:38 AM »

Traditionally, almost nothing would be top-stitched (you only used it to reinforce things that took a lot of wear, like labourers' clothes and some underwear - it got into mainstream clothing from denims!).  Of course, wool, silk, linen and cotton are much better about staying where you press them than modern synthetics and easy-care cottons, which helps, but you can still do it.  The reason it ends up being more expensive it that you have to hand-finish a lot of things like facings, linings and hems - dead easy for a home-seamstress, but a significant extra expense for a sweat-shop owner.

K.
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