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Date: 2/15/08 5:14 PM

Does anyone else find it extremely difficult to cut out the notches when cutting the fabric? I use a rotary cutter on a mat. I have a standard size rotary cutter and a small size cutter but I have difficulty with the notches even with the small size cutter. If I try to get close to the notch, I wind up cutting the pattern itself. Do you guys just trace the notches on the fabric and cut them with scissors?

That leads me to another question. I've been tracing patterns onto grid interfacing, placing the interfacing on top of the fabric, and then cutting. Is it better to trace the pattern onto the fabric? Sometimes I wind up cutting little slivers from the pattern.

I would love to hear how you guys cut pattern and fabric! Thanks.

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Date: 2/15/08 5:19 PM

I never cut around the notches. I just snip into the seam allowance in the center of the notch.

I trace onto pattern tracing paper. I then rotary cut out the pattern piece before it goes on my fabric (adding seam allowances at the same time if they aren't already added). Then I rotary cut around the pattern. The more you practice cutting out, the less often you'll cut slivers.

ETA: Also, if my seam allowance is small (like 1/4"), I'll also use small office-type stickers to mark the notches instead of snipping into the seam allowance.


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Date: 2/15/08 5:24 PM

I notch out instead of in.... like <| instead of |> that way I don't cut into the pattern.

I've tried snipping like Debbie suggests but then I miss them sometimes :)

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Date: 2/15/08 5:31 PM

I cut out with a rotary cutter and never cut notches, in or out, nor snip. I mark the notch with a washaway marking pen in the seam allowance or tailors chalk. One line for a single notch, two for a double notch. If I need more precision when matching patern pieces I mark with a dot on the seamline.

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Date: 2/15/08 5:44 PM

And I so as Belinda (Sew4Fun) does, except that I use a sliver of hand soap. My marking pens (washaway or air dissolve) always seem to be dried up when I need them, so now I use soap which disappears by rubbing a scrap of the fashion fabric against the soap mark. --Lily

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Date: 2/15/08 6:26 PM

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I use soap which disappears by rubbing a scrap of the fashion fabric against the soap mark

What a cool idea!! Have you added this to the Tips section?

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Date: 2/15/08 6:40 PM

I snip with scissors or use a fade away marking pen - depends ont he fabric . I don't think trying to mark notches with a rotary cutter is a good idea - they are too sharp and will cut into the fabric even when you do your best not to let that happen.

You can get good, sharp snips at most fabric stores or on-line - not too expensive - I have at least four in my sewing room as I never know when or where I am going to snip and have a terrible habit of mislaying them.

I cut all my patterns with rotary cutters and I can't give much advice on tracing patterns as I don't do that - I just cut out my pattern pieces - some day way down the road I may regret that but for me tracing is one step that does not seem necessary - and I duck as I say this as I know there are those who have strong opinions about tracing and others like me who don't trace

Hope all the info you have will be helpful

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Date: 2/16/08 5:23 PM

Hi schock,

Like Sew4Fun, I do not cut notches, but mark them with chalk. I have pencil with several colors of chalk, like this one from Clotilde. (NAYY) That way I can mark on any color fabric, and be able to see the marks clearly. I use the same for marking darts, pleat lines, etc. It gives a fairly fine line, which I can make even finer by sharpening the chalk stick, and the holder gives support and prevents the thin stick chalk from breaking.

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Date: 2/16/08 8:36 PM

Hi! This is FUN to see everyone's answers!! I bought a pack of small, geometric-shaped stickers at the $ store. I mark my notches with them, putting them a bit "in", if I'm going to be serging...
I go this tip from someone else... Can't find it, so thank you, fellow PR member!!
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Date: 2/16/08 9:48 PM

Marking pens, chalk, gel pens, permanent markers--almost always, I use whatever falls to hand, as long as it won't be visible on the righ side.

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