SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login

Tips & Techniques > Marking & Trimming Excess Fabric

Viewed 5325 times
Posted by: Judy Kski
Friend of PR

About Judy Kski star
Member since: 10/26/08
Reviews written: 75
Sewing skills:Intermediate
Favored by: 6 people
tips added: 2
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 10/5/09 11:14 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 9 people   
Web site/URL: photo
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.

<< Previous    Next >>

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past

vintage sewing patterns

Reconstructing History

Reconstructing History
Web site

Nature's Fabrics

Natural & Organic Fabrics

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

Login to Add a Comment
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
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
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
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for the tip. Love your apron fabric!
10/6/09 10:00 AM
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro


Put it on the Bias
Put it on the Bias


You Sew Girl Day Bag Pattern

You Sew Girl Day Bag Pattern

Buy Now
Sewing Workshop Urban T-Shirt & Pants Pattern

Sewing Workshop Urban T-Shirt & Pants Pattern

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.