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The stitching line is usually in the form of a thin, broken line (short dashes). It indicates the exact line should be sewn on. Even though most patterns are transferred into the fabric you are working on, it is not recommended to transfer these dashes into the garment you want to work on because it would result in excess handling.
Grain lines are very important because they help you create a strong and well-constructed final design. They are usually in the form of double-ended arrows and should be aligned with the fabrics grain direction.
However, in order to use it in the right way, you need to understand how fabrics are weaved. Fabrics are usually made of interwoven threads. The threads running lengthwise (warp) are generally stronger than the threads running perpendicular to the warp (weft). Warp threads usually stand out on fabrics and thus, very easy to spot.
The grain line means that the garment should be aligned with the warp threads being parallel to the double-ended arrow before moving forward to stitching.
This symbol closely resembles the grain line but the double ended arrow bends on each side and runs parallel to a thick line. It is mostly used to show the back of garments like jackets and shirts, which close at the front side.
The whole piece is only a half of the garment and the thick line indicates the edge of the garment that should be aligned with the fabric being folded. When folded to the other side, it completes the other symmetrical side, creating a proportional piece.
Almost all sewing pattern usually have a triangular or multiple triangular marks. They are marked while sticking out of stitching lines and are used to show fabrics that must be matched at those specific notches. The matched parts should then be stitched with careful consideration to match those points to create a continuous and perfectly aligned fabric.
Darts are usually long and narrow triangular symbols with a series of dashes to show stitching lines and areas to fold around the stitch. The symbol also shows exactly where the fabric should curve so that you do not build oversized or out of shape creations. It is used to create things such as pockets and pleats because of its folding characteristic.
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Button and buttonholes
As the name suggests, this symbol is used to indicate where to stitch your buttons and buttonhole markings. The symbol itself is an X on one end of a line with T ends. The cross indicates the button marking while the line indicates the buttonhole marking. The two should be sewn on opposite sides on the fabric.
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