The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



I’m going to make a rather bold statement: Collars are so easy to sew that even a first time stitcher will have success. I know, that kind of statement is out of character for me, but it’s true. Let me show you . . .

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Collars

In my newest Sewing With Nancy series and companion book, I share my favorite absolute easiest way to sew techniques. The collar being my signature speedy sewing tip. Here goes!

  • Interface the collars. Cut out two collar shapes from lightweight fusible interfacing and fuse one to the wrong side of each collar. One of my favorite fusible interfacings is Pellon’s Sof Shape.
  • Meet collars right sides together. Stitch the outer collar seam.


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



  • Grade the seam, trimming the under collar seam allowance narrower than the upper collar.


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



  • Press the seam flat; then press toward the under collar.
  • Understitch, stitching the seam allowance to the under collar. I like to use a multizigzag. Or, you could use a straight stitch.


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



  • Fold the collar along the first stitching line, right sides together. Meet the collar front edges. Notice the outer collar seam allowance is already graded (trimmed) and completely understitched. This wrapped-corner sewing technique is what makes it the absolute easiest way to sew collars!


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



  • Stitch both collar front seams.
  • Grade the seam allowances, and angle cut the corners.


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



  • Turn the collar right side out and press. That’s it!


The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman



There’s more to learn; watch Sewing With Nancy online.

During this second episode of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, I show several other rather nifty sewing techniques. You’re going to have to watch to see what’s waiting for you there!

Did you watch the first episode of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew?


The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Collars by Nancy Zieman



There are four seasons of programs to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

All my favorite sewing tips in one book.

  • The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew chapters include:

    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

For a chance to win a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew book, let me know what sewing tip/technique you like the most or would like help fine-tuning.

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