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Mattress Stitch/Graft Combo

This method is used to join the side of a piece to the bound-off or cast-on edge of another piece such as when sewing a sleeve cap into an armhole.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

1. Arrange the pieces flat, with the right sides facing up and the edges to be joined next to one another.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

2. Starting with the piece to be joined at the side edge, bring a threaded tapestry needle up in the first row, between the edge stitch and its neighbor.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

3. Cross to the opposite piece; bring the needle down beside the first stitch, under both legs of that stitch and up the other side.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

4. Cross to the other piece, go into the same hole you came out of, and come up two rows above.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the seam is complete. Take care to compensate for differences between stitch gauge and row gauge; typically, you’ll need to join two stitches to every three rows, or three stitches to every four rows to make a smooth seam.


Three-Needle Bind-Off

(right side)

 

Seaming How Tos:

Download a handy pdf with In Praise of Seams
and instructions for all of the seaming techniques.