When sewing a dart you want to start with match your dart legs perfectly, and end by sewing them accurately without any puckers. Achieving this goal isn’t as hard as you think.

It all starts with proper transferring of the dart markings from the pattern to the fabric. This can be achieved with pins, chalk, transfer paper or thread basting. Depending on the fabric you may need to experiment to see which method works best for your project. Some markings don’t remove as well as other.

This post isn’t about  markings, it’s about matching dart legs after the markings are on the fabric. Matching the dart legs is the next step in preparing to sew the dart. That’s what this article is really about.

For years I had been pinning my darts similar to the images below.


image of pinned dart


Whether you pin vertically (see left image), or horizontally (see right image), the key is to match both sides of the dart legs accurately.


Anatomy of a dart

Just in case you don’t understand what I mean by dart legs…here is an image the explains dart anatomy.

Pinning is still a tried and true method for matching dart legs, however you may want to still give this new method a try. It could become your favorite method from now on. I know I’m going to give it a go.

Check out “matching dart legs the easy way” on the Crafty.com website. Then come back and share your thoughts in the comments section here. I’d love to know what you think.