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Tips & Techniques > Clipping -how to know when you've clipped enough

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Posted on: 9/15/05 8:29 AM
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There is a very good test, to know when you've clipped the seam allowance of a curve enough, so that it will lay flat, smooth, and perfectly curved when done. The test is whether the stitching line can be held out straight. The link above shows images of this test.

The greater the curve, the closer you need to make each clip to the next clip, and the deeper the clip needs to be [closer to the stitching].

An example of this is a neckline with a facing. The back is only slightly curved, so it only needs to be clipped a little and not very deeply. The front is usually curved a lot more, so it needs to be clipped more.

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Cornelia said... (12/18/05 12:43 PM) Reply
Very helpful. I have a tendency to "wing it", and this is a nice way to be a little more deliberate. Thanks.
SewVeryTall said... (9/24/05 5:16 AM) Reply
You're all very welcome...and thanks for the nice comments on my illustrations :)
AnneM said... (9/21/05 5:02 AM) Reply
Thanks, Ardis. Clipping still makes me nervous, so this is a great way for me to know if I've done enough.
Patricia M Freeman said... (9/18/05 6:41 PM) Reply
really like the illustrations.
2muchfabric said... (9/17/05 1:40 PM) Reply
Very helpful tip. Thanks for the illustrated images!
Jayme girl said... (9/17/05 7:35 AM) Reply
great instructions as usual. Thanks
donnao said... (9/16/05 3:50 PM) Reply
it was very well written, and a good way of comparison.some reviews never get there message across,and it was right
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