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more pleasing appearance. Examples of seam finishes are pinked, overcast,
Hong Kong, turned and stitched, and serged.
 
   1. The seam finish is appropriate to the garment fabric, the garment
       design, the intended use of the garment, its quality, and garment care.
   2. The finish is applied securely so that it remains in place during normal
       wear and care.
   3. The finish does not add bulk to the seam.
   4. The selected finish prevents the fabric from raveling, rolling, or
       stretching and contributes to the overall neatness of the garment.
   5. The finishes' binding or thread color is appropriate to the fashion
       fabric, unless used for decorative purposes.
 
DARTS   - A dart adds three-dimensional shape to a single section of cut
fabric. Darts are used most frequently at locations of major body contours--
bust, shoulders, waist/hips, elbows, for example--and in apparel that is fitted
to the body.
 
   1. Stitch length is appropriate to the fabric and to the expected stress at
       the stitched location.
   2. The thread matches the apparel fabric.
   3. No creases or pressing impressions are present on the face side of the
       garment.
   4.  No dimples or bubbles can be seen at the dart point.
   5. Matching darts appear identical in size and angle.
   6. The stitching line is smooth without puckers or folds.
   7. Both ends of the dart are sufficiently secured.
   8. Darts on heavy or bulky fabrics are slashed, trimmed or balanced, if
       needed, and pressed open.
 
DART EQUIVALENTS   - Gathers, pleats and tucks may be used as dart
equivalents or as decorative details. They are created during the actual
construction of the garment, as opposed to being applied to a completed
garment or garment section.
 
   1.  Gathers are uniform and evenly distributed and stitched so as not to
        form pleats. Gathers are pressed flat only in the seam allowance. All
        visible basting threads are removed.
   2.  Tucks and pleats are composed of straight, even folds of fabric,
        uniform in width unless the design requires variation.
 

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