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Posted on: 12/25/09 6:56 AM
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I always cut a notch at the top center of sleeves. It is much easier to find than a marking dot, especially if the sleeve cap is gathered or the fabric has a busy print. I don't know why the pattern companies just don't draw the pattern that way in the first place, instead of having you go back & mark it after you cut it. Than it would be one step instead of two.

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jannw said... (12/28/09 3:38 PM) Reply
Great tip..I always do this fact, I cut notches at every marking point on the pattern..and I cut my notches out, not in..a legacy from my tailor grandmother..I'm glad to know I'm not the only one doing this..
ryansmumAria said... (12/26/09 11:02 AM) Reply
This is an important tip. I would also add that it's also necessary to mark center front and back which pattern companies don't always do. In the garment industry, we always marked those..
Rhoda K said... (12/26/09 9:55 AM) Reply
Thanks - good point!
Elaine Dougan said... (12/26/09 8:54 AM) Reply
Great tip!
monijo said... (12/26/09 7:41 AM) Reply
Kwik-Sew patterns always mark the centers where ever they are with a notch. For other patterns, I draw a notch at the center of the sleeve cap before cutting the pattern out. That way it's always there.
fourkid said... (12/26/09 6:44 AM) Reply
What a great tip - Thanks for sharing. I am going to do this all the time now - That makes sooooooo much sense.
Rebecca Szetela said... (12/26/09 5:58 AM) Reply
I do this too! How logical it would be if the pattern companies did mark this. Alas, they are quite illogical and directions on patterns are quite poor these days. Inexpensive sewing literature (pamphlets) from the '40's through the early '60's that often came free with the sewing machine or was available for pennies was so comprehensive it puts today's patterns (and some glossy and expensive books) to shame! Thanks for your sewing tip!
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