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Sewing a V neck in a scrub uniform

Charrlie's picture

I am using McCalls pattern # 9123 and I have made about 12 of these uniform tops and it is still a challenge for me to get the "V" neck to come out just perfect.  Does anyone have any good advice for this.  The pattern is not the clearest.

Thank you,


Palady's picture

MO, this is the sort of doing (post #32376, reply #1 of 6)

MO, this is the sort of doing difficult to expalin in text only.  Maybe the following Google URL will have something for you.    Do you stay stitch as mention on the Denver Fabric hit?  Another MO, it matters & is often passed over with some sewists.


alotofstitches's picture

Bless your heart!  Those (post #32376, reply #2 of 6)

Bless your heart!  Those scrub necklines are a pain!  I agree that the stay-stitching on the seamline using a shorter stitch length is a must.  Another thing I do for V-necks or for V-waistlines is fuse a 1 1/2 in sq. of lite interfacing over the V area, pinking the edges to blend the fuse line, then do stay-stitching.  Clip the V to the stay-stitching and match the center dot on neckline and neckband.  Pin only one side and stitch toward the center.  Pin the other side and stitch toward the center.  I get the V area sewn to my liking (only about 2 in beyond on both siddes)  before sewing the rest of the neckband.  This has worked well for me but that 2 layer neckband is hard!

Palady's picture

Coming back here to add a (post #32376, reply #3 of 6)

Coming back here to add a thought.  Do you mark the dot form the tissue pattern to your fabric?  it's been a long time since I've done a V neck, but memory has there being a mark at the point of the V.

MO, it's paramount to include this mark because it a matters when stitching.  A "lesson-from-Mom" way back when.   Sew slowly enough to see the mark.   Guide the fabric so you can  needle down just before the mark.  Raise the presser foot.  Reposition the fabric so you can take 1 stitch across the mark.  Needle down.  Presser foot down.  Walk to make the 1  stitch.  Presser foot up.  Now comes a tricky part.  With your fine tipped scissors, CAREFULLY snip to just near the down needle.  Reposition again.  Presser foot down.  Complete stitching.

By "walk" I mean turn the hand wheel to make the stitch.  Over my sewing years, I've come to realize there's a true benefit to sometimes "walking" a sewing machine.

What is accomplished with the 1-stitch-across is just enough room after the clipping to make the point of the V neat.  It works for other joinings as well. 

The doing takes practice.  If you decide to give it a try, cut out some fabirc scrap V 's & see how manageable it is for you.


sewluving's picture

Nepa, You said exactly the (post #32376, reply #4 of 6)


You said exactly the method I use when doing a V-neck.  I too 'walk' the sewing machine for a lot of things.  Something I learned 50 yrs ago when I was first taking sewing in school.

Glad to see there are still a few of the 'old gang' here. 

Heather in Calgary

Heather in Calgary
woodruff's picture

There's a very neat (post #32376, reply #5 of 6)

There's a very neat application with photos on this blog:

Palady's picture

Were i able, this post would (post #32376, reply #6 of 6)

Were i able, this post would be addressed to - All.   If Vikie reads this maybe she can post & let us know if this is possible on this platform.

Stitches and Seams does have a neat presentation for a V neck.  It addresses using a serger.  I've saved th site.  Hesitated offering it because my read through had me wondering if the member wanting the ISO was using one.  I guess it possible to adapt the doing.

It'll be of interest to me to see what other members think.