Sewing Basics: How to Make a Dart

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Tips for sewing a dart using a sewing machine; learn this and more in this free arts and crafts video about sewing.

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Video Transcript

Hi! I’m Candi Cane-Canncel on behalf of So we’ve learned basic stitches, we’ve learned decorative stitches and some really cool seams and now we’re going to discuss darts. What darts are there used to gather a large bit of fabric to a point to achieve a better fit. Now you use this in garments in the bust area, in the shoulder area, in the back kind of waist area, anywhere where you need to gather in fabric to kind of achieve in a nice point and a nice fit. So for demonstration purposes I’m just going to draw a dart on a piece of fabric and a dart looks like just an elongated triangle. Then you take your dart when you’re going to stitch it you line up the two bottom edges of your dart making sure to keep the center point of the dart right in the center, because the whole purpose of this is to get a really clean point. You want to pin it to make it secure and the best way to stitch a dart is to sew from the bottom of the dart to the point. So you take it to your machine, put the presser foot down and line up your needle with the line and then just stitch…and when you get to the very edge you’re almost going to stitch off of the piece of fabric to achieve that nice point, just remember to back-tack before you get to the very, very edge. Take out your pins and there you have a really nice dart. For more info on this topic please visit my website at


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