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Posted on: 9/25/03 10:21 AM
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This is such a simple thing, and it may be known to everyone, but my mom pointed this out to me only a couple of years ago. You can use fewer pins and have straighter, more accurately cut pieces if you cut with your pattern piece to the RIGHT of your scissors if you are right handed, or to the LEFT of your scissors if you are left handed. Your fabric doesn't move away from your pattern. This is especially helpful if you are cutting slippery fabric.

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So So said... (3/17/07 9:38 AM) Reply
Will certainly give it a go!
xela said... (5/6/06 9:11 AM) Reply
Thank you so much. I've never heard of this technique and I've been sewing a loooooooooooong time. It's never too late to learn. I shall try this immediately as I've just purchased some lovely chiffon for blouses. Wish me luck. Thanks again for the help.
ssinca said... (2/12/04 3:24 PM) Reply
This is the only way I get straight cuts. Also, there is less chance of sticking yourself on pins!
els said... (9/26/03 7:26 AM) Reply
I do this too.
Mandolin82 said... (9/25/03 10:01 PM) Reply
Wow - this is opposite of how I do it. I'll have to try the new way!
Gigi Louis said... (9/25/03 12:08 PM) Reply
I do this too - it's so much easier!
Debbie Lancaster said... (9/25/03 11:37 AM) Reply
That's how it works for me, but every instruction I've read indicates that you should cut with the pattern pieces to inside from your cutting hand. It doesn't work for me--I imagine it differs with different people.
 
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