Sewing a shirt’s cuff requires a bunch of simple steps. This process starts with preparing the cuff separately. Eventually, it ends with topstitching. These basic steps don’t change with the style, rather come back with slight modifications and adaptations.
How to Add a Cuff to a Short Sleeve
Short sleeve shirts can be a great companion in summer times. These shirts offer a minimalistic, yet refreshing look. Undoubtedly, this becomes a trend in summer. But this much simplicity shrinks the room for projecting creativity. That’s why sleeves play a crucial look in giving these shirts a facelift!
However, this doesn’t mean the basics of ‘sewing a cuff’ don’t apply. You have to tweak the basics a bit to fit a cuff properly with a short sleeve. Besides, take the chance to showcase creativity.
1. Preparing the Work Area
First of all, make sure that you have a clear working area. Besides, it needs to be even. This helps you to better concentrate on the workpiece which ultimately leads to a perfect sew easily.
2. Tweaking the Cuff
Once the working area is properly set, you can begin the actual task. Preparing the cuff can be considered as the very first step. If you are dealing with a two-pieced cuff, you better face the outer cuff towards the inner one. Then simply sew the two layers.
It’s better to two-position an iron plate between the two cuffs. It helps you to stabilize the cuff while you are sewing along the horizontal edge. However, you can fold the outer half of the cuff in a single pieced one. The rest of the process is similar.
3. Pinning the Cuff at the Correct Position
In this step, you need to adjust the cuff. This will determine how comfortable it will be around the wrist. At first, you need to start with the under-lap. Don’t forget to leave the correct portion of the seam.
Then move to the other side. You have to pin around the seam according to the allowance. This will also determine the pleat. Once all of these are done, re-check the setup and do necessary re-arranging if necessary.
4. Making a Pleat
In the previous step, you have pinned the cuff according to the measurement. This has already determined how many pleats you can apply to this cuff. In this step, you need to step up that plea.
The extra fabric on the cuff forms the pleat. But for that, the excess amount of fabric has to be folded. Eventually, it needs to be folded away from the upper portion of the packet. You can form multiple pleats by following the same process.
5. Attaching the Cuff
Attaching the cuff with the sleeve requires precession. For this, you have to spare the seam allowance at both ends. The visible portion of the seam allowance is enough to be spare. You can use a sleeve press and then sew along the tight areas.
6. Inner Cuff Preparation
Preparing the inner cuff isn’t a big deal. But placing the cuff accurately demands skill. At first, you have to fold the cuff in a manner that the right side is on the outer portion. Then fold the raw edge to place it in position. This portion has just to cover the stitch underneath. You can press the cuff in this step if you find it harder to do it beforehand.
7. Sewing the Edge
Position the other side of the cuff outside. Then place the inner cuff slightly lower than the outer cuff. You can start stitching from the cuff-pleat joint. Continue stitching from there till the very end of the cuff.
Directly sewing the cuff with the shirt along the right side is a good option. This is the very last step you need to perform to get a perfectly settled cuff. Some experts call this technique ‘stitch and ditch.’
How to Sew Cuffs on Sweatshirts
The fabric materials used in sweatshirts are quite different. But sewing a cuff of a sweatshirt is not much different from the regular one. Perform a similar operation as the regular shirt. Then follow these steps:
1. Trim the Extra Fabric
After attaching the cuff with the sweatshirt, there is some excess fabric. You have to trim off this excess fabric to allow a smooth connection between the sweatshirt and the cuff. Though this step may have to be performed in regular shirts, it becomes obvious for the sweatshirts (because of the nature of the fabric).
2. Make an Exceptional Appearance by Choosing the Right Thread
In regular shirts, you make a top stitch to perfectly secure the cuff with the shirt. It is considered the very last stage of the process. For the sweatshirts, this is also the very last process. But in this case, you can use a different thread to make a bold appearance.
Q: How long does it take to sew a shirt?
A: The time duration depends on your skill, the machine you are using, and the overall fabric. But if you are super steady, you can make a complete shirt in about 90 minutes.
Sewing the cuff of a shirt may seem an easy step in the overall construction, it has some tricky parts too. But luckily you can also learn to sew the cuff of a jacket or a sweatshirt if you master sewing the cuff of a shirt.