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What technique/gadget do you use to add seam allowances?
for instance on the Burda print-at-home patterns
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Date: 10/12/13 7:01 PM

What has worked best for you?
I remember seeing a gadget that clips onto your scissors...have you used it?

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Date: 10/12/13 7:56 PM

I am not too gadgety! After tracing the pattern (in pencil), and before cutting it out, I set my seam gauge to my desired seam allowance and trace around the pattern pieces with dashed lines. I then connect them with my rulers and curves (in black) to remind me that it is a cut line,and trace the pencil lines with coloured dashes. On patterns with seam allowances included I do the same dashes for seam lines (in a different colour) and have the solid cut line from the pattern. I try to be consistent in my practice so that when I am tracing markings onto fabric, I use the correct set of lines. It is time consuming, but very accurate.

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Date: 10/12/13 8:46 PM

My tape measure is 5/8" wide. I just lay it along the seam lines and trace the cutting line.

If I end up with a Burda TNT, I'll probably take the time to draw in the seam allowances that are more appropriate (for example, 1/4" for a neckline, 3/8" for side seams, etc.) For now, 5/8" is quick and dirty - easy enough to sew up to see if I like the pattern.

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Date: 10/12/13 9:03 PM

I have a short magnetic bolt that clicks onto the blade of the scissors. The head of the bolt is exactly 6mm deep, and the whole length of the bolt is about 15mm ..... it works pretty well. I can't lay claim to the idea ... when I explained the problem to him, hubby was the one who came up with the idea.

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Date: 10/12/13 9:14 PM

My hip curve has a .5 inch allowance on both sides of the curve. The dressmaker's curve has .5 on parts of the 'drastic' curve. And, the shorter curve is marked on one side with a .5 seam allowance. I can adjust in or out from there or, often, whack off any extra with the serger (when constructing).

If I draft a pattern, with muslins, to an exact fit - like a swimsuit bottom or some weird little project - I'll often sew the seam allowance in on the sewing machine. No thread, just let the needle mark the cutting line. Generally use heavy gift wrapping paper when doing this.

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Date: 10/12/13 9:20 PM

Either my SACurve from Etsy if I am adding to paper, my guide on my rotary cutter if I need it, or nothing- I have become quite adept to just eyeballing 1/2" seam allowances. I have been curious about the magnet guides but instead of buying them I put 3 rare-earth magnets on a pair of scissor tips and they were about 1/2" wide.

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Date: 10/12/13 9:29 PM

I do different seam allowances in different areas (except knits, where I usually do 1/4" SAs). I chalk or thread-trace the stitching lines and match those lines, not the fabric edges.

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Date: 10/12/13 9:55 PM

I usually remove seam allowances (with a 2x18 flexible ruler most of the time) and mark the sewing line. Then I cut as much seam allowances as I want or have room on the fabric for, which gives me more leeway in making tweaks and adjustments. I like to leave a lot of seam in the garment for alterations, though after a year or so of wear those can be a bit too obvious -- bright lines of new fabric against faded old stuff.

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Date: 10/12/13 10:45 PM

I add the seam allowances as I trace--mainly with those plastic double pencil holders (one is 5/8" and the other 1/4"). If I am using a different seam allowance, I use a thin quilter's rule. I used to use a compass.

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Date: 10/12/13 10:50 PM

Yes, I do! It is great!! Highly recommend.

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