Sewing darts in sheer fabrics using bobbin thread

August 15, 2016 10 Comments

Sewing darts in sheer fabrics using bobbin thread

August 15, 2016 10 Comments

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

For my silk sheer blouse Peter Pan blouse I was unsure on how to make darts look good in a sheer fabric. My reader Raquel suggested I use a technique called one stitch darts or continuous thread darts. The trick is to sew the dart with thread from the bobbin which eliminates the need for back stitching or knots at the point of the dart, thus will create very smooth looking darts even in sheer fabrics.

Raquel also directed me to an excellent video tutorial by FashionSewingBlogTV
on how to do this: The bobbin stitch tutorial (you must check this one out if you want to sew darts in sheer fabrics!)
The Reader’s Digest sewing book also has instructions on how to make a continuous thread dart if you happen to own that book.

Anyways, I thought I would give you a quick pictorial showing the basics of this technique and also add some thoughts of how this method worked for me.

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

1. Thread the bobbin thread in the needle

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

2. Attach the upper thread with the bobbin thread using a knot

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart
Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

3. Wind up the bobbin thread

The knot will go all way to the thread spool. You will only sew with the bobbin thread, so make sure you have enough thread.

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

4. Start sewing at the point of the dart

Make sure the needle will hit the edge of the fabric and that you have no surplus thread. This was the part that I found most difficult and I did about three samples before I felt ready to sew the darts on the blouse,
Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

5. The finished dart

As you can see there is only thread from the bobbin (the red thread).
The stitches could be a bit better looking though because it’s time to service my machine.

Sewing a bobbin stitch dart

How the darts looks from the right side

Some final thoughts on the one stitch dart

All in all this is a great technique, but at least for me it will take more practice before I fully master it. Also since one sews from the bobbin you will have to completely re-thread the machine after each dart (at least that’s how it was for me), which makes it a bit cumbersome if you have plenty of darts to sew.  I’ve only tried this for bust darts, I guess you could do this for waist darts too, just make sure you have winded up enough thread for the entire dart!

bobbin thread dart

Johanna

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10 Comments

  • Fabric Tragic August 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    What a fascinating technique! Thanks for sharing!

    • Johanna August 16, 2016 at 6:15 am

      You're welcome! It felt so strange doing it, but it definitely works!

  • Raquel from J.C. August 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Yay!!!! You did it! Great pictures!

    • Johanna August 16, 2016 at 6:20 am

      Yes thank you so much for the tip and sorry for spelling your name wrong. But I'v fixed it now!

  • Chloe August 16, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I remember learning this in university (yes, I went to uni for sewing, essentially), and thinking it was magic. Still is – glad you've added it to your arsenal!

    • Johanna August 16, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Cool, I had no idea you could learn sewing techniques at a uni course, in Sweden all the creative higher education studies appear very teoretical! Yes I agree it feels like magic, I couldn't really believe it would work until I tried it

  • Jane August 16, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Wow, I've never heard of this before but you explaied it well! Very clever.

    • Johanna August 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Yes it's really nifty. I love trying out new techniques like that, that's what's great about sewing, always opportunities for learning more cool stuff!

  • Francesca March 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Cool technique! Took a minute to wrap my brain around it, but will try it in the future when working on sheer fabric. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Johanna March 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Yes it is so clever and I too was a bit unsure until I tried it and could see how genius it is

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