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"The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship."

About SAGA

Construction

Sewing construction in its simplest form means putting together a garment or other project. But true artisans hold themselves to a higher standard, using classic construction techniques to produce a garment that is as neat on the inside as on the outside; there is a wide variety of good tools available to aid in every aspect of construction so that professional results are easily attained. Characteristics of good construction include french or bound seams, tiny corded piping, evenly distributed gathers, ripple-free bias bindings, full or partial linings, and good basting practices to help ensure accuracy. Machine-worked buttonholes are generally acceptable, but hand-worked and bound buttonholes should also be learned, along with thread-shank button attachment. Hand-picked or pin-stitched hems are essential techniques to know, and hand-worked thread loops for buttons or sashes can add just the right finishing touch. Good pressing technique is also required during construction in order to produce a quality product. Garments constructed in this way are sturdy and wear well, making them ideal for anything from play clothes to special occasion clothing to be passed to future generations.

SAGA provides construction classes at its annual convention.  SAGA Stitches programs are available, as well as correspondence courses and chapter programs for those interested in learning various types of construction.

SAGA members may access the construction bibliography here.