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Power Sewing wants to help you learn to sew! In today's beginner sewing lesson, Sandra helps eleviate Kim's "Fear of Sewing" by show her how to recognize the selvage edge and the grainline of a fabric. Knowing where the grainline is can be the first step in successful pattern placement.
Step 1 - Identifying the Selvage edge is easy, it is the manufactured, finished edge of the fabric as opposed the the torn or cut edge.
Step 2 - Check pattern pieces for the grain line arrow. These are the pattern pieces that need to be placed on the grainline of the fabric.
Step 3 - Make sure the pattern pieces that require placement on the grainline are placed on the fabric parallel to the selvage edge.
Step 4- You have mastered this lesson!

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Comment by Susan on December 13, 2012 at 3:33pm
Comment by Denise King on November 27, 2009 at 4:20pm
What is the purpose of a piece placed on the grainline? Does anyone know how to tell the grainline if you don't have a selvedge edge to go by?

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