Choosing the Right Seam: A Stitch in Harmony

Welcome back to the Seam Chronicles! In Part 1, 'Seam: Spotlight,' we laid the groundwork, exploring the foundational aspects of seams and the diverse types we embrace at MAES London.

Now, in Part 2, let's dive into the exquisite art of selecting the right seam type for garments— an art that balances functionality, performance and aesthetics.

Here's what to consider:

1. Fabric Type:

The fabric you choose is the canvas upon which your sewing masterpiece unfolds. Previously we discussed the various seams. When it comes to choosing which types to use on a garment the fabric type plays a vital role. Lightweight fabrics demand delicate seams like the French seam, while heavyweight fabrics thrive with robust options like flat-felled or welt seams. The fabric sets the stage, guiding your choice towards seams that enhance its unique characteristics.

MAES London fabric collection

2. Placement of Seam:

Precision in seam placement is the mark of a true artisan. Pattern cutter will decide the position of the seam based on balance, and design brief. This combined with a garment tech's knowledge of the purpose and performance of the seam and the seamstress's skill of execution delivers a perfectly harmonious seam.

This is the value of MAES London, the fact the we have the 3 aspects coming together under one roof gives the product integrity.

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3. Type of Sewing Machine:

Your sewing machine is not just a tool; it's a partner in your creative journey. Ensure it can handle your chosen stitch, especially when incorporating decorative elements like topstitching. 

Depending on the seam type, you may need a variety of sewing machines to make one garment. Lockstitch, Overlocker, cover-stitch and binding machines are some of the more popular ones at MAES London 

Binding machine and red silk fabric

4. Garment Purpose:

Consider your garment's purpose – whether it's a functional, everyday piece or a bold fashion statement. Seam selection aligns with the intended use, enhancing both functionality and style. 

For example: A raincoat's seams will be taped to ensure waterproofing and needs a different machine and application compared to a sheer organza top where the seam allowances may need to hide within a seam.

5. Appearance Preferences:

Seams, whether visible or concealed, contribute to the visual symphony of your creation. It's important to decide consciously, based on your desired aesthetic. Discover how this choice can dramatically impact the overall look and feel of your garment.


6. Seam Finish:

Exposed or enclosed seams? It's important to consider the seam finish, the final flourish to your creation. Delve into how the finishing touch can elevate your garment, providing that perfect polish and finesse.

7. Skill Level:

Evaluating sewing proficiency with honesty is crucial. Recognising that different seams demand diverse skill levels is key. At MAES London, we delve into the intricacies of seam selection, aligning them with the right expertise to guarantee a successful project outcome!


Crafting Seam Perfection:

The journey into the art of seam selection is a nuanced exploration of fabric, precision, machine capabilities, garment purpose, appearance preferences, seam finish, and skill level. As you embrace these considerations, you're not just stitching fabric – you're crafting a garment masterpiece. 

At MAES London these are factors we are always considering with our clients, and finding appropriate solutions for each garments! 

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