Sewing Terms (A)

Alterations

Any change made to a pattern or garment that is being constructed or a change to a finished garment.
If a garment is too big, you would make alterations to make it fit better… like adding darts or taking in the side hems.

Applique

A method for attaching a small piece of fabric to a larger piece of fabric, to create a desired design. It is usually done to add a form of fabric artwork. The smaller piece of fabric may be attached using hand stitching or machine stitching.

You can attach appliqué in the following ways:

  • Turning under the edges of the artwork that is being attached to a larger piece of fabric, which then allows the artwork to be attached with fine hand stitches.
  • Attach the fabric with fusible web and then enclose the raw edge of the artwork with decorative machine stitching.

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