When making clothing with home sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi, nothing shows off your skills more than using the right fitting techniques. Princess seams are one such technique used to give a more fitted look to blouses, dresses, and other women’s garments.
You will be extremely pleased with the results you get with your Juki sewing machine when you learn how to tailor your garments perfectly with a beautiful princess seam.
What Is A Princess Seam?
While a princess seam is a seam made on sewing machines, it is similar to a dart in the way it is used. It is a seam that starts at the waist of a dress, blouse, or other garments designed to be closely fit, then is sewn up to the bustline, ending at the bottom of the armhole. These seams are sometimes used on the front and back of a garment to bring in the waistline without having an actual waist sewn into the garment.
The princess seam gives a garment more shape to fit the body closer, giving it an elegant, feminine look. It produces a fitted waistline like those seen on gowns and elaborate dresses, similar to those that would be worn by a princess, hence the name.
How Do You Sew A Princess Seam?
The trick to sewing a correct princess seam on a quality unit, such as Juki sewing machines, is sewing the seam without the fabric puckering. This is common with improperly stitched curved seams. Follow these simple steps below to make an easy, pucker-free princess seam:
- Staystitching - Begin by adding staystitching using a short stitch about â -inch to the inside of where the actual seam will be stitched. The staystitching helps to keep the two garment panels positioned correctly while the seam allowance is pinned and snipped so the main seam can be properly sewn.
- Pinning and Notching - Princess seam patterns normally show notch marks along the seam line. Before cutting the notches, pin the seam together up to the where they are located, then cut the notches. This ensures that the curved seam comes together correctly to create the desired shape without puckering.
- Snipping - Cut straight snips in the seam allowance between the notches. Make the snips about â -inch long so they are not cut too close to the staystitching. The snips let the seam allowance spread and overlap as necessary without causing bulkiness at the seam.
- Stitching - After pinning, notching, and snipping, the curved seam should lay flat without the fabric bunching or pulling. Once it does, sew the main seam with your Juki TL2000Qi by carefully stitching along the seam line, removing pins as you go.
- Pressing - Once the seam has been sewn, press the seam allowance flat so it lays smoothly; turn the garment right side out and open the seam. Press the seam open, preferably on a tailor’s ham so you can maintain the curve in the seam and bring out its shape.
Princess seams are a wonderful way to add style and elegance when using Juki sewing machines to create garments that accentuate a trim waist. Not only do they look great, they show off your sewing prowess in making professional-looking, fitted garments. If you make clothing using sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi, be sure to add beautiful princess seams to your skill set so your wearer feels like royalty!