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Grading Seams Two-Minute Tutorial

Have you ever seen “grade the seams” in pattern directions and said to yourself, “This seam is excellent! A+!”

I bet all of your seams are pretty great. But some could be even better through the process of grading to reduce bulk. Grading is especially useful when you have three or more layers of fabric in a seam.

A hand holds a double yoke seam to show how some of the seam allowance has been trimmed to grade the seam.

Take this view of a graded back double-yoke seam in a Make a Point Dress. The bottom is the original 5/8 inch (1.5 cm) seam. The black in the middle has been graded to 3/8 inch (1 cm) and the top has been graded to less than 1/4 inch (.5 cm). 

When these graded seams are pressed to one side, they will nest together nicely, reducing bulk. 

Grade seams like a genius! Check out the latest Style Falcon Two-minute Tutorial on You Tube for more.

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