Member since 2/15/04
In reply to kayco
Date: 7/10/12 8:15 PM
A lot depends on the type and weight of the fabric you're using - knit or woven - but my technique would be the same for both except for cut-edge finishing.
Trim the 'meat' (all of that extra fabric) of the dart to within 1" of the dart's stitching line, stopping 1" below the tip of the dart. Press the dart open and the uncut tip flat.
If it's a knit fabric (anything that's not a loose sweater knit) it's fine - it won't ravel. For loose sweater knits, I serge the edges as a first choice or use a multiple zig-zag stitch if you don't have a serger as a 2nd choice.
My first choice for a woven fabric would be to use pinking shears to trim the cut edges and maybe run a line of straight stitching close to the pinking if the fabric might ravel too much during wear or laundering. This gives the least amount of bulk. 2nd choice would be serging (faster) if it won't show through to the right side.