This simple gusset sewing guide will not let you throw your favorite pieces again. It will help you learn to alter a dress by a gusset or to sew a gusset underarm. Follow the tutorial and learn to sew one yourself!
Gusset Sewing: How to Sew a Gusset to Garments
When your garments are too tight, you can simply add a gusset for extra space. It’s the little triangular pattern piece added to a garment. Its main purpose is to expand some parts of your pants, dress, shirts, and other clothing items–giving the wearer more room to move.
Things you will need:
- A piece of fabric
- Sewing needle and thread
- Tape measure
- Pair of Scissors
- Sewing machine
Instructions to Make a Gusset:
- Remove the stitching on the area where you want to add the gusset. Turn the sleeve to the wrong side and backstitch the ends of the ripped seam so the sleeve doesn’t come undone.
- Clip right up to the seam where you stopped the backstitch (make sure to avoid cutting out the thread).
- Pull the garment apart and measure the space you need for the gusset. Then, measure the length from the top of the garment down to where you clipped.
- Turn the garment piece over and pin the gusset in place facing right sides together.
- When you start sewing, put the needle down at the tip where you reinforce the bottom of the seam. Sew it from the beginning from the bottom right straight up the end. Do the same on all sides.
- The fabric used for the gusset should be exactly the same as the clothing.
That’s about it. Now you’ve got your own!
There are so many ways to insert gussets into your garments. For more visual instructions, check out this video by Niler Taylor:
Sewing a gusset can be intimidating, but if you follow the instructions carefully, adding one to your garment will be a breeze. You can add them to other sewing projects like pants or bags. This is seriously one of the best sewing hacks to learn and master!
Have you tried adding a gusset to your sewing project? Let us know how it went in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 5, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.