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Sewing 101: How to Sew a 5/8″ Seam

All right, enough personal stories and back to business!

You might be wondering, what on earth is she doing by sharing the most basic step in the sewing process.

Well, I can think of at least one friend that doesn’t know this basic step. I also want this blog to be a great reference point for beginners.

In fashion school and fashion world, it is required that you use 1/4″ seam on everything. However, since I’m mostly going to cover at home projects, 5/8″ seams will be fine.

Now, there are exceptions to this and there is no rule that you must use this. This is especially true when upcycling a garment. This is just standard when sewing from a sewing pattern or from making your own draft.

Step 1:

Place front sides of material together.

Step 2:

Measure out and mark 5/8″. You can use a fabric marker or a few other materials that I’m currently blanking out at. I’m using chalk.

Step 3:

Pin it and sew. it. up!  Your sewing machine will more than likely have multiple lines that say different measurements. Match up to the 5/8″ line to reinforce that for you to have a straight line.

Also, don’t forget to backstitch when beginning and getting near the end. It would take me a whole another post on what it is and how to do it, so I found a few on it. Don’t worry! It’s super easy and only takes a few seconds.

Here’s a great source:


I know, I pinned my pins backward. I just work funny like that.

Step 4:

Take the pins out and press fabric down the center.

Step 5:

Iron down the center.

Step 6:

Finish the seam.

For the purpose of this blog, the easiest and quickest way to finish is using pinking sheers. All you have to do is cut along the edges. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect or not. Whatever you do, do not use them on paper! They will become dull if you do.

Now you’re finished! You now know a sewing staple! If you can cut fabric and sew a seam, you can make something! Stick around and I’ll teach you how to make some things.

I’m even hoping down the road we’ll dabble in pattern drafting (;

I hope this was easy enough.

Please don’t hesitate to send me any questions or concerns.






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