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What is dressmaking cuffing and tips on how to use it?

Beginner's Guides | Cuffing Joe Higgs October 12th, 2023

What is Dressmaking Cuffing?

Dressmaking cuffing is a type of fabric that is used to finish the edges of sleeves, leg openings, and necklines. It is typically made from a stretchy fabric, such as rib knit, so that it can fit snugly around the body and prevent drafts. Cuffing can also be used to add a decorative touch to a garment. It is typically used on sweaters, jackets, joggers, and dresses and also sometimes used on skirts and blouses. You can shop our range of cuffing here



Cuffing can be used to create a variety of different effects, such as:

  • A snug fit that prevents drafts
  • A decorative touch
  • A contrast between the cuffing and the main fabric of the garment
  • A way to add extra length to a garment


Lady in white dress with cuffing

When choosing cuffing fabric, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • The weight and stretch of the main fabric. At Higgs & Higgs we always put the weight and stretch of each fabric in the item specifics half way down the product page so you know exactly what you are buying.
  • The desired effect (e.g., snug fit, decorative touch, etc.)
  • The overall style of the garment

In Practise

If you are sewing a lightweight sweater, you would want to choose a lightweight cuffing fabric with a good amount of stretch. If you are sewing a heavyweight jacket, you would want to choose a heavier cuffing fabric with less stretch.

To apply cuffing to a garment, you will need to:

  1. Cut the cuffing fabric to the desired length and width.
  2. Pin the cuffing fabric to the garment, right sides together. Shop our range of pins here
  3. Sew the cuffing fabric to the garment using a stretch stitch.
  4. Turn the garment right side out and press the seam.
  5. Topstitch the seam allowance in place.



Jersey Cuffing on a bolt in green

Here are some tips for sewing with cuffing:

  • Use a stretch stitch to sew the cuffing fabric to the garment. This will help the cuffing to stretch and fit snugly around the body.
  • Be careful not to overstretch the cuffing fabric when sewing it to the garment. This can cause the cuffing to lose its shape and become baggy.
  • If you are sewing a heavyweight jacket, you may want to use a stabiliser to help the cuffing fabric keep its shape.
  • Press the seams after sewing to help them lay flat.

The conclusion

Cuffing is a versatile fabric that can be used to add a touch of style and functionality to your dressmaking projects. With a little practice, you can learn to sew with cuffing like a pro.

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