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Date: 12/15/08 11:26 AM

Ok so Im watching these sewing videos and they keep mentioning notches, what are they and what is the point of them? When you sew them they won't leave a little hole or anything?

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Date: 12/15/08 11:38 AM

Notches tell you where to line up two pieces of fabric when you are sewing them together. The easiest way to mark them is to cut a tiny snip into the seam allowance. If you don't want to snip, you can mark them in the seam allowance with chalk.

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Date: 12/15/08 2:15 PM

I cut them outward then trim later.

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Date: 12/15/08 2:17 PM

Ya depending on the seam allowances, I tend to cut into the notch as opposed to outward (that just seems awkward to me). If you are using a Big 4 pattern, you can cut into them (cause you have a 5/8" seam to work with), but if you are using burda magazine patterns, remember that you have to add seam allowances and depending on how big a seam allowance you have given yourself, you should probably just mark your notches with tailors chalk instead (or cut outward). I find notches (and all other markings) help tremendously and I still take the time to mark everyone of them after 25years of sewing.

-- Edited on 12/15/08 2:18 PM --

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Date: 12/21/08 5:13 PM

Notches are used to match up the seams to one another. Let's say you were making a skirt with a seam down the back. It is all too easy to sew the back to the side by mistake! Then you are wondering why it won't fit together. Matching the notches will clue you in to the error before you stitch.

Sometimes notches are used for other reasons. The directions might tell you to gather until the notch or to sew until the notch. Sewing up until the notch is common for installing a zipper or making an opening.

In the old days we cut the notches outward. But if there is a double or triple notch, we would just cut across the points in a plateau shape. Yes, it takes longer to cut them out; but you will never wonder if you have cut too far into the seam. It will never, ever leave a hole. And if you want to finish the edges of the seam allowances, there they are intact.

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Date: 12/21/08 7:54 PM

I use clips except on loosely woven fabrics, then I use small colored adhesive dots. This works on knits too which have narrower sas.
There are certain conventions about notches ie they are always the same, like one notch at the from of sleeve and 2 notches for the rear. It is very easy to get your sleeves in backwards without notches! There are also large dots that should be marked, and they can also be marked with a small snip at the cut edge. I have a skirt pattern with 8 or 10 gores that really needs to have the notches carefully marked and matched or it wouldn't fit well, as there are 4 different pattern pieces, 2 of each to sew together.

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Date: 12/22/08 8:42 AM

That one for the front and two for the back thing has saved me many times -- probably hundreds of times. I rely on it.

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