Have you ever seamed two (or more) crochet pieces together, only to dislike the outcome? Have you ever wanted to join several pieces but are too intimated with sewing? Look no further!
This tutorial is for YOU!
The mattress stitch is my go-to way to connect most crocheted pieces, but I never even consider other technique when sewing garments. This seaming method is also called the Invisible Seam. Not only is this virtually invisible, it's flat and doesn't pucker.
This is my go-to to sew crochet pieces together! I want to convince you to make it yours!
Tips & Tricks When Using the Mattress Stitch
There's a few helpful hints when working this stitch but if you're anxious for the picture tutorial, click here.
- You can either cut a separate piece of yarn for seaming or you can use a tail.
- Make sure yarn or tail is at least double the length you want seamed.
- Use locking stitch markers to keep both pieces aligned evenly, which is recommended for larger seams. This ensures seaming will be accurate.
- Work with right sides facing. This ensures you can see exactly what the seam looks like as you're working it, and fix it if early enough if needed.
- Pieces do not have to be laid next to each other. By putting the wrong sides together, you can work from inside to outside and get the same result.
- The Mattress Stitch can be use on stitches, raw edges, increases and decreases.
- Garments that need to be seamed together are the easiest to alter for a more custom fit, like the Lacuna Pullover Below.
The Lacuna Pullover is a premium pattern that seams both arms as well as the sides.
Sew Crochet Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch
Check out the video at the top of the post to watch this method of joining. Or follow the step-by-step instructions on sewing crochet pieces together. For more tips for the Mattress Stitch, check out the end of the post for more details.
First, thread your needle.
Then, starting on either piece, insert your needle from back to front and pull through. Leave a tail for weaving in end.
Repeat on other side. Insert your needle from back to front and pull through.
To secure this end, repeat in the same exact stitches.
After that, pull to bring pieces together.
Insert your needle through next stitch on opposite side from back to front and pull through.
Again, repeat with opposite side.
Continue weaving needle back and forth, from back to front several stitches.
After a few stitches, carefully pull working end to hide seam.
Continue weaving back and forth and pulling every few stitches until the end. Secure using the same method by going back over the last stitches one last time. Finally, weave in all ends.
And that, my friend, is how to join with the Mattress Stitch!
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