Sewing Terms

Sewing Terms is a work in progress. There is much to learn in the world of sewing, and a reference like this can be vital in the success of a project. Photos or illustrations whenever it's helpful will also be provided here. Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

A list below has been started, but is only the beginning to many sewing terms with easy to understand descriptions and photos.

Fabric Basics

Bias Crosswise


Fabric Fold

Grain Lines

Lengthwise Fold

Lengthwise Grain


Right Side of Fabric


Stay Stitch

Sewing Terms


Basting Stitch - Long temporary stitch used to hold garment in place while working on it. It can be done by hand, or by using a long machine stitch.

Back Stitch

Blind Hem Stitch

Removing Stitches

Serger Stitch

Slip Stitch




Side Seams

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