Difference between “Senui (背縫い)” and “Sechushin (背中心)” : Kimono Sewing Terms Glossary

The words used for sewing a kimono and the words used for wearing a kimono are similar but definitely refer to different parts of the kimono. In this article, we will introduce the difference between “senui” and “sechushin.”

What is “Senui (背縫い) ?”

The term “Senui” means backstitching. When sewing a kimono, it is used like this: In Japanese, “Senui 3-bu(1cm)”. In other words, it means “Please sew backstitch with a seam allowance of 3-bu(1cm).”

What is “Sechushin (背中心) ?”

The term “sechushin” refers to the center of the back in its finished state. In other words, it refers to the state after backstitching and ironing. For example, when sewing a collar, it is used to say, “Please align the center of the collar with the sechusin.” When sewing a collar, for example, it is used to say, “Align the center of the collar with the back center. This term is also used when sewing a kimono, but it is most often used when wearing a kimono.

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