Introduction: Learn to Sew: Finding Your Size on the Pattern

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Since most patterns are multisized, Sandra Betzina will show you where to look to find your size as well as what all those other markings mean and why they are important.

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Measure yourself to determine what size pattern you need to buy.   

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Learn where to look to find your size.

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When working on multi-sized pattenrs, locate  the cutting line for your size at the top and bottom of the pattern piece.

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Each size has a different cutting line with different spacing on that line.

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Once you recognize the line or dot markings for your size, it is easy to identify the same line throughout the pattern.

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Don’t get confused by the size marked on the dots.  These dots indicate seam placement for sewing and are alwyas 5/8 inch inside of the cutting line.

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For more detailed advice, read Sandra's article, "Multi-Size Patterns"

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Bio: Sandra Betzina, the “power” behind Power Sewing, is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home, No ... More »
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