Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade
This reader-submitted tip was originally featured in Threads #173 (June/July 2014).
I often reuse a tried-and-true pattern as the starting point for a new garment style. When I decide to create a design feature by adding new seams to one or more pattern pieces (see “Cut Up Patterns and Add Seams” in Threads no. 129), I make the cuts using a scalloped rotary blade rather than a pair of scissors. When I lay the pattern out on my fabric, I know wherever I see a scalloped edge, a seam allowance must be added as I cut. I don’t have to spend time taping tissue seam allowances to the cut edges – the scalloped edge is sufficient to remind me to allow extra fabric along that edge when I pin and cut.
-Jodi Welliver, Marysville, Washington
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