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What does it mean to "ease"?

by Kristin
(Ossining, NY)

Our Sunday School class is going to make banding and try to create a chasable for our priest to wear on Children's Sunday. I, being the teacher that owns a sewing machine (I won't say the teacher who sews because I'm far from that level), have been put in charge of putting it together. I understand how to do the piping from making pillows, and I get what you're saying about the banding, but I don't understand how to ease the lining. I've never heard the term, but if you tell me what the technique is, I can usually pull it off. Would you be willing to explain this more?

Thank you so much for all your help, especially this website which has been a lifesaver.


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Apr 23, 2010
How to Ease
by: Sue Merriam

Hi Kris,

Easing is a technique you use when stitching one piece of fabric to another and the two pieces aren't the same size.

In the case of the chasuble, The lining piece will be smaller than the chasuble piece. This is done intentionally so that the lining does not hang out at the bottom of the chasuble.

Here's how you ease: As you are stitching the two pieces together, gently pull on the lining piece a bit to stretch the fabric so that it is pulled to the same length as the chasuble piece. All fabric has a bit of pull to it, including satin.

That way the lining will remain tucked under the chasuble piece.

Hope this helps,


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