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Posted on: 3/25/05 9:18 AM
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I posted this on the message board thread for couch sewers unite and thought I would share it here. Someone had posted that they dreaded doing the prep work of cutting out patterns because it is so time-consuming. What I do is put a pattern in a 30 gallon ziploc bag with a pair of paper scissors and then throw it in the car or my tote bag. Then when I am waiting at the doctor's office, held up in traffic gridlock, waiting to pick my niece up from a school event then I work on cutting out the pattern, or taking a break at a rest area during a long drive I work on cutting the pattern out. Having the ziploc bag means you can roll the pattern up loosely (because this process goes in stages) and put it back in the bag, zip it shut and go on your way.
Yes, you will get a few stares but generally if people comment I have found it is positive and they always want to know what I'm working on. Sometimes they catch the "sewing fever" and say they are going to go home and try it.

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Johnna said... (4/14/05 8:37 PM) Reply
Somehow I just can not imagine seeing someone cutting out a pattern while stuck in traffic. I hate it when I hear men talk about "women" drivers but with this one I would HAVE to agree. Please don't make this a habit. It gives 'us' all a bad rap <:
thientho said... (4/8/05 2:15 AM) Reply
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Mary Lou Sohn said... (3/29/05 5:10 PM) Reply
Am I missing something here? How can you cut in a place like a car where you cannot spread it all out? Or if you're talking about just cutting the pattern pieces apart, I suppose that would work, but that doesn't seem like a whole lot of work to me -- it's the actual pinning and cutting that takes the time.
cindyann said... (3/28/05 11:48 AM) Reply
I do this too when my son has hockey practice! j22b, if I understand your question, I believe you are to cut on the outside edge of the cutting line thus leaving them on.
j222b said... (3/27/05 12:01 PM) Reply
QUESTION: One thing I have never been sure of: do you cut off the cutting guide lines outlining the pattern or leave them on?
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