Top tip – clipping and notching curved seams

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – curved seam allowance

Untold monkey business can occur when dealing with curved seams. If you try and press the curved seam allowances to one side you may have too much fabric and the seam will not lie flat – making it look very unsightly.

A curved seam

A curved seam

Bulky and unsightly - to be avoided!

Bulky and unsightly – to be avoided!

To remedy this you need to clip or notch the seam.

 

clipping a seam

clipping a seam

Clipping

– to ease fabric which is pulling on a seam.

notching a seam

notching a seam

Notching

– to take away excess fabric

 

A clipped curve

A clipped curve

 

When you are clipping or notching make sure you leave 2 mm of fabric next to the stitching line – this will prevent you from ‘popping’ the stitches.

The general rule of thumb is that clipping and notching is closer together as the stitching line gets curvier.

In stitches,

Amanda x

 

 

 

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