Just this week I learnt a really good little dart trick - I haven`t seen it elsewhere so I decided to show it here . Probably everyone else knows about this but you know the saying ` If it just helps one other person then it will be worthwhile. `.
I have always just left the threads at the narrow end part of the dart loose or before I knew better just backstitched -gasp horror! I have seen a technique where you get a needle and insert the loose threads into the dart or just cut the threads really short. The technique I found is quicker than this . I wish I could lay claim to inventing this technique but I am strictly a follower not a leader. The below technique is from Singers The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing if my instructions and photos are as clear as mud. You can click on the photos to make them larger if this helps.
Photo 1 above shows the dart marked and starting to sew.
Photo 2 above shows the dart sewn - Continue until you just stitch off the edge of the fabric
PHoto 3 above - Lift up the presser foot and pull the fabric towards you about one inch or 2 cms. This creates the length of thread above.
PHoto 4 - Set your stitch length at zero. Insert your material under the foot , lower your presser foot , insert your needle in the fabric inside the dart and stitch several times to secure the thread.
PHoto 5 above . Remove from your sewing machine and clip the threads close. As you can see the threads at the end are neat .
PHoto 6 - the outside of my ( unironed ) dart - see no puckers !
This is so quick. saves having loose threads inside and saves threading up your needle. I hope this is of some use.