Clipping and Notching

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Smooth concave curves (the kind you’ll find on neckline and armhole facings, for example) benefit from clipping in the seam allowance.
Clips should be just short of the stitching line and about 1/2 inch apart.
The difference between a smooth outside curve and a choppy one is some notches on the inside.
Convex curves ( like on a patch pocket or shirt cuff) need to be notched.
Pinking shears make it easy to notch a curve.
Smooth concave curves (the kind you’ll find on neckline and armhole facings, for example) benefit from clipping in the seam allowance.

Smooth concave curves (the kind you’ll find on neckline and armhole facings, for example) benefit from clipping in the seam allowance.

There are basically two kinds of curves in sewing: concave and convex. Concave curves are like the inside of a circle and convex are like the outside.

In order to get a smooth result when you turn the finished edge right side out, there are some steps you need to take on the inside. First, of course, sew your seam. You’ll need to trim the seam allowance to about ¼ inch and then clip or notch, depending on the type of curve.

Check out the photos above and stay tuned for more tips on how to achieve perfect edges.

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Januk writes: Such a great information many thanks Happy Easter 2016
Posted: 12:04 pm on March 20th
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