How to Close Shoulder Seams

How do you close shoulder seams so that they are invisible and flat? This tutorial is the answer to this question. This kind of seam immitates stitches and is very easy to do. As you can see those stitches on the right side of the garment after sewing it’s important that you use the working yarn to sew both pieces together. I’m using two different colours so it’s easier for you to see what is happening.

Before we start: The shoulder stitches have been bound off. It’s best to use the tail of the working yarn for sewing, so make sure you don’t cut it too short. If the tail isn’t long enough, no problem, just cut a length of your working yarn from the ball and secure one end by weaving it in. Thread a tapestry needle with your working yarn.

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1. Place the bound off edges of both pieces so that they face each other and the right sides are facing up. The working yarn is attached to the piece in the back. Only the last row before the bind off will be used for the seam.

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2. Insert the needle from the wrong side into the first stitch of the piece it’s not attached to and pull the yarn through.

3. Back to the back piece: Insert the needle under the first stitch. The stitch should look like a V (the legs/both strands of yarn shold be pointing together towards you).

shoulder seam

4. Back to the front piece: Insert the needle into the space the working yarn comes out from and bring it back up 2 strands to the left. The stitch should look like this: ^ – a turned V (the legs/both strands of yarn shold be pointing together away from you).

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5. Back to the back piece: Insert the needle into the space the working yarn comes out from and bring it back up 2 strands to the left. The stitch should look like a V (the legs/both strands of yarn shold be pointing together towards you).

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all stitches have been worked and your shoulder seam is closed. Weave in your working yarn.

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the wrong side of the shoulder seam:

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