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Old 09-21-2010, 10:39 AM
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I just came across a pattern for Sawtooth Stars with an instruction for clipping into the seam allowance on each side of the seam intersections to reduce bulk. Has anyone heard of this? If so, have you done it without disasterous results? Thanks!
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well you clip close to the seam, not through the tread though. yes it does help. curves and dips need some clipping.
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It is a way to change the way you press your seams, after all or portions of the block have been constructed. I have done this, but I try to avoid it if at all possible.

I prefer to press seams open, when I know the pattern suggests to clip the seams. I think it makes for a stronger seam than clipping :D:D:D
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:51 AM
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If it bothers you, try a small dab of fray check.
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I have never done this, but I understand the reasoning behind it.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by amma
It is a way to change the way you press your seams, after all or portions of the block have been constructed. I have done this, but I try to avoid it if at all possible.

I prefer to press seams open, when I know the pattern suggests to clip the seams. I think it makes for a stronger seam than clipping :D:D:D
ditto :thumbup:
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:26 PM
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Clipping seam on curves is necessary to make the curve lay flat. When sewing garmets, You clip the seams when putting in sleaves as your going around curves. You are not cutting or making snips in your seam stitches - just the fabirc in the seam.


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I just came across a pattern for Sawtooth Stars with an instruction for clipping into the seam allowance on each side of the seam intersections to reduce bulk. Has anyone heard of this? If so, have you done it without disasterous results? Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:07 PM
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As has been said, clipping the seam allowance is a common thing in garment construction.
I always double stitch, exactly on the same line of stitching in any area where I have to clip. Added security? Maybe.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:34 PM
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I have used it when making clothes and they always held up well. I like the idea of stitching close to the seam to strengthen it.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:36 PM
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I do it all the time especially when making clothing. You just don't want to clip the sewing line.
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