The process of fitting a garment was made simple by the teachings of grain line.  Students often used checked, woven, Gingham fabric, making it easy to see the grain line and adjust the fit when the fabric was pulled off-grain.

Features of the Bishop Method are:

Unit Construction: A method of assembling the section of a garment that makes a unit and completing all stitching and pressing before each unit is joined together.

Stay Stitching: A technique introduced by Edna Bishop that made the alignment of grain line possible. With the grain of the fabric assured, Mrs. Bishop also introduced a myriad of sewing short cut techniques.

Staystitch Plus: A manipulation of the fabric with a machine stitch to force together the grain threads to gain control of ease.

Understitching: A row of machine stitches placed close to the seam edges on the under sections that catch both seam allowances; preventing rolling to the outside of the garment.

Lockstitching: A technique that involves knotting the machine thread at the beginning and end of a line of stitching by releasing pressure on the pressure foot and stitching several times in the same stitch. This eliminates bulk stitching with the reverse stitch.

Modern Pressing Techniques and Finger Pressing: Also introduced during this time. Pressing created the need for special tools to help make the whole clothing process easier.

scan0003A complete set of pressing equipment approved by Edna Bishop was designed and manufactured by C.W. Plance of Massillon, Ohio.

Also available was the Bishop Ezy-Hem and See-As-You-Mark see through ruler.

Modern sewing experts are still teaching the wonderful ways and concepts of the Bishop Method.  Passing on the ideas and techniques that authentic Bishop teachers and their students have used for years.