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Tips & Techniques > Minimizing distortion in collars when cutting

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Posted on: 8/9/09 7:38 AM
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When making collars and stands, it is crucial to cut pieces with precision. This technique allows to avoid the distortion that often happens when cutting long narrow pieces on a fold, which is the case when you make collars and stands. Bear in mind, if a collar is not symmetrical, you will have a trouble to put it in!
It is how I do:
1. Trace a collar pattern (a collar stand in this case) on a folded paper.
2. Add seam allowance (1 cm added) to the pattern.
3. Transfer the markings on to the other side of the paper, unfold it and cut the paper pattern.

Here is the photo of the cut collar stand.

I use a Clover double tracing wheel when I trace Burda patterns to add seam allowances. The distance varies from 0.5 mm to 3.0 mm.
Here is the look of the collar with collar stand I made using this technique. wheel

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ryansmumAria said... (9/1/09 7:27 PM) Reply
You have made me realize that collars should not be folded when cut. Thanks
HeyJane said... (8/10/09 9:52 AM) Reply
I do this with other pieces also, because I hate cutting on folds due to the distortion. Thanks for reminding me to finally get myself a double wheel! It's on order from ebay....
calminatrix said... (8/10/09 7:47 AM) Reply
what a great idea! you know I've been looking for those clover gadgets for some time now, and i don't think they make them for the US market, at least i can't find them.
quathy said... (8/9/09 11:54 PM) Reply
Very clever! I'm terrible at cutting out folded pieces - this will help a lot!
MaddyGranMa said... (8/9/09 9:33 AM) Reply
Thank you for this good reminder to slow down a bit to get it right in the first place. It is important to start any sewing project with a good foundation and this is great information on exactly how that can be done!
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