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My memory is as follows:

1. Press both pieces of the seam allowances towards the center of the front or back of the garment. (Do not open the seam allowances and press them flat on each side of the seam.)

2. Generally, grain lines are very important. Without a true grain line, your finished garment could pucker after washing or cleaning. I recommend looking at some videos on youtube (if you can stand the ads) as there are many helpful videos on just about any aspect of sewing that are free to view.

3. Many fabrics do not have a nap. Very generically, the fabric Velvet is perhaps the classic example of a fabric with nap -- it looks very different when looked at "up or down." If you brush your hand over the fabric and it looks different depending on the direction you brush, the fabric has a nap.

Good luck with your sewing adventures.

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