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One of the first and most important steps in starting to sew a project is the cutting, and making sure your pattern pieces are all on grain is the key to a successful garment. Read on to see how to put your fabric on grain…

New Cutting Layout

Every digital sewing pattern here on BurdaStyle.com has a cutting layout within the instructions, and each piece has a grainline on it that corresponds to the grain of the fabric. It is essential that if your pattern’s instructions indicate your pieces parallel to the grain that you prep your fabric as so:



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    Jul 29, 2017, 02.18 PMby momartin

    Thank you. Great instructions

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    Jul 29, 2017, 09.17 AMby Jessica Steele

    What does she mean by “pre-treat” the fabric? Does she mean wash or pre-shrink?

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    Jul 28, 2017, 05.54 AMby sewing fanatic

    totally something i need to work on, makes a real diff! xx

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    Jul 27, 2017, 09.34 AMby senopati

    thank for info..

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    Jul 27, 2017, 03.02 AMby EdieWalicki

    wonderful tip. thank you!

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    Jul 25, 2017, 06.10 PMby calatrava92

    Wow, what a difference in the line. This is as great! I never quite understood how to do it! Thanks!

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