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Clipping Corners Properly | Video

Threads Contributing Editor Louise Cutting explains how to trim seam allowances at any outside corner, to reduce the bulk that makes lumpy collar points.

Clip the corners

For right angles, or acute angles, begin by trimming across the seam allowance corner. Then fold the seam allowances over along the seamlines to see if they overlap at the corner. If they do, trim off a bit more from each side. Ideally, they should abut, so they neither add bulk, nor leave unsupported gaps, which might make dips in the corner on the right side.

Press them flat

After clipping corners, press the seam allowances open over a wooden point press, then turn the piece right side out with a point turner. The allowances within should create a smooth and firm edge along a collar or other garment section.


About This Video Series

Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is a renowned designer and teacher. She focuses on industry sewing techniques that help home sewers achieve a professional result. In Volume 8 of her popular Industry Insider Techniques video series, Louise shares methods for improving your garments with precision construction tips, design ideas, and better closures. This volume includes the following 12 videos: Put a Dart on the Slant Reduce Pocket Bulk Trim a Dolman Sleeve Proper Corner…

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