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Posted on: 10/5/09 11:14 PM
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For a smock-style apron I recently made, I developed a shortcut for trimming off excess fabric on two large pattern pieces. Instead of taking the time to mark a 3/8" seamline to be completely trimmed off, I found a much quicker way to remove the unneeded seam allowance. The steps used are as follows:

1. Stitch a contrasting basting line around the pattern piece wherever you need to trim, in this case at 3/8".

2. Using a scissors or rotary cutter, cut just inside the basting line (refer to arrow in photo) in order to eliminate the unnecessary seam allowance.

3. As you trim, remove scraps of fabric and any stray thread left behind.

Basting a cutting line was much quicker than marking the seamline with a water soluable marker and then removing the excess fabric.
I hope this tip saves someone else a lot of time as it did for me.

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Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for the tip. Love your apron fabric!
10/6/09 10:00 AM
emeraldjul said...
I use this method to mark and trim piping to my exact seam width. I agree it is much faster and more precise.
10/7/09 9:04 PM
Miss Fairchild said...
Great tip! Thank you. I'll try this; maybe I could consider the basting as staystitching and trim that. Did you know that the blades on pinking shears are 1/4" wide and when you trim, you trim a blade-width away?
10/10/09 2:58 PM
Judy Kski said...
Miss Fairchild - Do you know I never even thought of it that way. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
10/11/09 12:37 PM
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