In this series, you will learn how to stitch a Top.
First, we shall sew the neckline facing and interfacing pieces in place.
We shall then attach the sleeves to the garment, stitch the side seams, and make a hem along the bottom edge.
To learn how to make the pattern and cut the material for a Top, watch the previous videos.
To stitch a Top, you will need: Your cut fabric A sewing machine Some Thread A piece of chalk Some pins A measuring tape And, a pair of scissors
Fold and finger press the raw edges of all sides of the interfacing, except the one from which the neckline will be cut.
We shall start by hemming the edges of the interfacing.
Place one folded edge under the needle and stitch straight, a quarter of an inch from the edge, along the fold.
Stop stitching as you approach the corner, to adjust the fold before stitching all the way to the end.
When you reach the corner, lift the presser foot with the needle inside, turn the interfacing by 90 degree before pushing the presser foot down.
Continue stitching the same way, all along the folded edges of the interfacing.
When this is done, fold the interfacing in half with the fabric side facing up.
We shall now transfer the shape of front neckline onto the interfacing.
To do this, start by placing the neckline of the folded front piece over the folded interfacing, as shown.
Align the folds and top edges of both pieces.
Using a piece of chalk draw the shape of the front neckline on the interfacing.
Cut along the marked line.
We shall now stitch the interfacing to the neckline of the front piece.
Open the front piece and spread it flat on top of the table with the right side facing up.
Place the interfacing over the neckline with the fusing paper facing up.
Make sure that all open edges are aligned properly before securing the pieces by attaching pins at regular intervals.
Place one end of the neckline under the needle, reverse stitch and continue stitching a quarter of an inch from the edge, along the neckline.
Remove the pins as they approach the needle and continue stitching all along the neckline.
Stitch slowly and carefully around the curve; stopping whenever you need to adjust the alignment.
When you reach the pointed center of the neckline, lift the presser foot, pivot the fabric and continue stitching along the second half.
Finish the stitch, and remove the remaining pins.
Now, turn the front piece over to the wrong side.
Clip into seam allowance all the way to the stitching line, at regular intervals along the curve.
This helps the fabric stay flat along the curve of the neckline.
Once this is done, turn the front piece over, again, as shown.
Flip the interfacing over and finger press the seam so that it settles in place.
When you reach the corner, push the fabric out with your finger to flip it and press the seam.
Following this technique, flip the interfacing over to the wrong side of the front piece and smoothen out the seam.
We shall now stitch along the edge of the curve, to help the neckline stay in shape.
With the right side facing up, start stitching as close as possible to the edge of the neckline.
Stitch slowly around the curve and stop wherever you need to.
When you reach the center point, lift the presser foot with the needle inside, turn the fabric and push the presser foot down.
Continue stitching all along the neckline.
Check to make sure that you have a uniform stitch.
To add a good finish to the neckline, we shall now run a stitch parallel to the one made along the edge of the neckline.
Starting from one end, stitch along the curve of the neckline about a quarter of an inch from the previous stitch.
Lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric when you reach the center point.
Continue stitching to the other end of the neckline.
Ensure that the second stitch is at a uniform distance from the previous stitch.
You have now learnt how to stitch an interfacing to the front neckline of a Top.
To learn how to stitch a facing to the back neckline, watch the next video.