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    Do you clip your curves?

    I was just wondering if anybody still clips their curves to make them lay flatter. Since I hand piece mine, they lay pretty flat with out clipping. sewing on the machine is a little different. I usually clip a few of them when I machine piece. My old Home Ec teacher would roll over in her grave if she knew I don't always clip. She was a "by the book" old gal. So glad she was my teacher.
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    I usually try to clip my curves.

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    I always clip my curves. That is how I learned it in Home Ec too!

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    I use my pinking shears to clip the curves and that way every thing lays down quite nicely.

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    I clip my curves. I was taught that several years ago and I love the flat look and it is so much easier to work with. The amount of clips depends a lot on the fabric and how it lays.

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    My Aunt Lydia would be rolling right along with your Home Ec teacher if I didn't clip curves. But the pinking idea is cool, because it remove bulk. QuiltNama, do you live in Souptown?
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    Our Home Ec teachers were teaching us when we were using 5/8th seams for clothing (sometimes trimmed down). So with such a 'large' seam it was needed to clip. But now, IMHO, it depends.
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    Yes, I clip them. I think they lay flatter with less bulk.

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    With narrower seams, I do not clip. If the seam is wider (as in home dec sewing) I trim the seam. I would hate to have sun shine on a window covering and see the clips in the seam.

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    Sometimes it depends on the curve, a gentle curve , I might not clip. It also depends on the fabric. A looser weave will relax at the curve.
    I do caution that a curve that has been steamed into submission ... when washed may no longer submit to laying flat.

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    I only clip curves like in Drunkard's Path, Double Wedding ring, New York Beauty etc. If I'm doing small projects with curves or scallops I use my pinking shears.

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    I usually try to clip my curves, too.
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    always clip the curves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Sometimes it depends on the curve, a gentle curve , I might not clip. It also depends on the fabric. A looser weave will relax at the curve.
    I do caution that a curve that has been steamed into submission ... when washed may no longer submit to laying flat.
    I love this description. I haven't tried curves yet, but will likely clip.

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    I learned to clip curves in Home Ec as well. However, I was shown a method without clipping that works fairly well. Now I only clip curves for bulky items like bags.

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    I've been a curve chicken but hope to do some today. I"ll let ya know later.
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    In garments, I always clip and notch curves.

    In quilts, I try not to ever clip or notch. The seam allowances in a Drunkard's Path will usually lie flat after you press the block.

    In applique, if the piece isn't starched into submission before I sew it down, I can usually pick and nudge at the turned edge and get it to lie down, but I do occasionally resort to clipping.

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    I try to clip my curves. I like the pinking shear idea! But for me it would be hard to keep from cutting the seam.

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    I was always taught to clip!
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    I clip, mostly because my curves never seem to want to lie flat, regardless of how narrow the seam. I learned from my 4-H teacher and my grandmas to clip. When clipped, they really lie nice and flat and totally behave. When not clipped, the seams are bulky, awkward, and in general just don't behave.
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    It depends on the curve. Some do not need clipping. My Home Ec. teacher was and is wonderful. I'm - well, old enough for Social Security and she is still active and selling real estate. Oh, BTW she also taught my daughter.

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    No! I don't clip curves when quilting. The seam allowance is so small. This isn't like sewing and having a bigger seam allowance. This is for piecing. I do clip for applique applications as needed ... but, I don't do hand applique anymore. I do fusible applique and then finish the edge with a wobble stitch or something like that.

    My different curved quilts have all been flat ... no puckers or anything.

    I would have to be a really extreme curve before I'd even consider clipping a seam.

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    Yes i always do clip curves. makes a big difference.
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    YES! unless it is a very wide -just barely curve---it needs to be clipped i guess it would be possible to manipulate a curved piece when hand quilting so it didn't raise too much- but it's just easier to clip and have a flat piece instead of trying to manipulate it.
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    I don't clip the curves. The recommendation for clipping sewn curves is for sewing garments - 1/4 inch seam is small enough that only the very tightest curves would need clipping. That said, with applique, clipping is still necessary. I've made plenty of Apple Cores and Drunkards Paths that never needed clipping. Last year, someone asked me about clipping so I clipped the apple core I was making. Waste of time. Made no difference, IMHO, once it was quilted. This year's final apple core quilt will not be clipped!

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