Joining some fabrics can be tricky especially when the join is right on the edge and the selvedge is tiny and uneven. This Harlequin fabric Memi 7548 is a beautiful embroidered piece but as you can see in this close-up of the face side the selvedge is really small and irregular.
In this picture from the wrong side you can see the many tiny strands of uneven ends that make the join bumpy.
As you can see, when you try to join this type of fabric on the edge you end up with an irregular and unprofessional looking join.
This is caused by the tiny strands of yarn that are uneven on the selvedge . You can see clearly in this picture where the machine has ridden on either sides of the strands making it impossible to achieve an even flat join.
Our answer to this problem is to come into the width and the pattern.
Here you see we are matching the pattern with pins ready for hand stitching.
There are times when no matter how experienced you are with a sewing machine the join will not be perfect. In this case we use a very small ladder stitch by hand to ensure a perfect match which is required because we are making a roman blind so the seams are very visible. An example of how to do ladder stitch can be seen on the DD YouTube channel………here.
This picture shows using the same process of coming into the width on the other side of the blind.
The finished seam shown for the right side.
A close up of the matched seam.
This pictures shows clearly how we have come into the widths to achieve the joins. The seams would be lightly pressed and then the seam allowance trimmed down so we can complete the blind as normal.
An almost completed blind hung and waiting to have stab stitched inserted.