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Adding seam allowance to BWOF, Patrones, etc (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: JuneHawk
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Posted on: 9/28/09 11:03 AM
I have tried several different ways of adding seam allowances to these patterns and this has worked the best for me.

If you use a cutting mat or a graduated mat of some sort, all you have to do is as follows. Trace the pattern onto sheer paper (I use tracing paper from Dick Blick). Cut each piece off the roll leaving at least one inch around every tracing line. Place the piece of tracing paper on the cutting mat and starting with the straightest edge, place it on any of the 1 inch lines horizontal to you. Now mark little dots with a pencil along the 5/8 inch line (halfway between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch). As you come to curved edges, slowly pivot the pattern piece so that the tracing line of the specific bit you are marking is always at the inch line, ad a few dots, pivot, repeat. This way you will have an even seam allowance all around and it's actually quicker than it sounds.

I might upload a video/photo show this at some point so you can get a better idea of what I mean but I hope this helps for now.
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Teeavilnor said...
Yes even some photos would help, I am a visual learner.
9/28/09 6:10 PM
regine said...
This method sounds interesting but I think that a double tracing wheel does the job quicker.
9/29/09 1:22 PM
nancy2001 said...
There are many different methods of adding seam allowances. I'm glad this method works well for you. Thanks for your very helpful review.
10/1/09 5:10 PM

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