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What is "Seam Allowance" - Definition & Explanation

The amount of fabric extending beyond a seam and not visible once the seam is sewn.
Narrow width between the seam line and the raw edge of the fabric. Seam allowances vary depending on where they occur on the garment and the manufacturers' specifications. Home sewing patterns generally have a 5/8" seam allowance except at hems. Commercial patterns generally use 1/4" to1/2" except at hems.
The width of fabric between the sewn seam and the cut edge. Traditionally 1/4 inch.

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