Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review


Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Widget
Photo Album
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Calendar
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Trimming with Pinking Shears (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5669 times
Review rated Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 12 people   
Posted by: KarmenG
photo
Friend of PR
About KarmenG starstar
USA
Member since: 1/3/03
Reviews written: 62
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 42 people
tips added: 8
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 4/16/05 10:41 AM
Featured in the PR book!
I have no idea if this is widely done so I thought I'd toss this out as a tip. When I trim various seams and inner construciton, I frequently use my Pinking Shears rather than Straight Shears to remove excess fabric. I recently made a tailored jacket using a light weight wool (similar to wool crepe) and this method helped a lot. All the edges of welt pockets, bound buttonholes, collar seams were done using the Pinking Shears. This method softens the edges and eliminates a straight line impression should you over-press or if your fabric is somewhat sheer. I also "pink' the edges of interfacing pieces fused undeneath pockets and buttonholes, just to be sure it doesn't show through as a rectangle to the right side.

Another benefit is the elimination of clipping little wedges or clip-lines, to ease pieces into a tight area such as a neckline. The zig-zag edge allows you to spread the piece without making all those little clips, which I think sometimes show through to the right side.

Pinking Shears are made to cut one layer only (or they will go out of alignment) so be sure to follow that rule. Try this method - I think you will like it!
Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Sewn Square One
Patterns for Your Style.
Web site

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques


10 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
dreamsofthetime said...
I'll be digging out my pinking shears more often. Your comment that the shears are only meant to cut one layer reminded me that my mother always cut out her garment pieces with pinking shears (and she never cut out the pattern paper first so it got pinked too!). I can only remember her having the one pair. Amazing that they lasted. She refused to teach me to sew... thank goodness. :)
4/16/05 6:00 PM
Stitchology said...
Yep, I use them all the time for this reason and for cutting out ravelly things so they won't shred too much before I get to finish the edges.
4/16/05 10:03 PM
Liana said...
I love my pinking shears too, but rarely hear of anyone else using them anymore. Glad to know about the 1-layer rule too! That's news to me, and maybe why I've sometimes had problems.....
4/17/05 8:26 AM
Clev said...
I've been wondering if the rotary cutter that is wavy vs. straight would serve as a pinking treatment?? If any one has tried it let me know before I buy one.
4/18/05 4:28 PM
appleC said...
Thank you for reminding me of my pinking shears :) It's a great idea to use it in curvy areas that require clips. I recently found a line impression in the zipper flyer because of the stabilzer. I'll try my pinking shears next time and see if it helps. Thanks.
4/19/05 10:00 AM
KarmenG said...
Clev - I don't think those rotatary blades with curves would do what I'm talking about, because I typically hold the garment in my hands and clip the extra off with the shears. And I wouldn't want to cut out fabric with them either, as the edges wouldn't be straight enough for an accurate stitch guide. If it were me I'l leave those blades for other hobbies. I don't see a use for them in sewing - other than decorative edges.
4/20/05 8:55 AM
Jerry P said...
Thank you for the great tip, I will be using my pinking shears a lot more now.
5/1/05 10:39 PM
appy said...
Loved the pinking shears tip, just got some, good to learn this before using them
6/1/05 8:47 PM
DedeDinah said...
Good tip. I think I will be pinking a lot more often. I was just working on a bedspread and wishing I had pinked the seam edge of my corded piping.
3/20/06 1:12 PM
cindyann said...
I'm glad someone posted this tip. I use mine PS alot to trim seams. You're so right, it really helps soften the edges.
1/16/08 8:31 AM

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us