I am teaching my Sleeveless Top Workshop at the moment. We are using the Sorbetto Top from Coletterie. It’s a great pattern to use when you are starting out with sewing as there are so many skills to lean in one super stylish project.
The Sorbetto features a 2″ wide pleat down the centre front. Now, sewing in a straight line can be tricky at the best of times, but when you are sewing a wide seam or hem then it can be even more tricky….especially when you are new to sewing. The problem being that if the seam (or hem, or pleat) is wider than the throat plate on your machine then you lose your traditional points of reference.
I like to go down the elastic band route. Just slip an elastic band over the free arm of your machine at the appropriate distance from your needle and you have yourself a new seam guide!
Do you fashion yourself a seam guide when dealing with wide seam allowances, hems and pleats or do you just ‘wing it’?