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Date: 7/17/12 1:20 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure if this is a sewing technique, or not, but I decided to put it here anyway. If it should go somewhere, please let me know and I'll post there.

This past weekend I was sewing up a piece and as I was cutting out the patterns I remembered something I've been meaning to ask. When I took home economics in t he 80s, my home ec teacher taught us to cut the notches of patterns outward. So that's how I've been doing that. It can sometimes be difficult, tho'.

Recently, I was helping a friend with a costume and I noticed how she cut out her notches: she cut straight across, but snipped in toward the garment for the notches. One notch got 1 snip, 2 notches got 2 snips, etc.

I realize this is basically personal preference, but I was wondering what folks here do and why. I've been considering trying that technique during cutting simply because trying to cut the triangle outward can sometimes be a PITA and it doesn't always come out right.

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Date: 7/17/12 1:33 PM

I snip the notches. In addition: the little circles on the sleeve? I snip those, too, instead of marking the circles.

I snip center backs,

I snip center fronts,

I snip hemlines.

I'm jest a snippin' fool.



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Date: 7/17/12 1:33 PM

Just be careful when clipping inwards on small seam allowances -- especially 1/4".

Also if using a wider seam allowance and there is the possibility of wanting to let the seam out for fitting purposes, you want to be careful that you don't clip too far into the seam allowance (BTDT -- LOL).

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Date: 7/17/12 2:04 PM

I was taught that, too, but now I mostly snip 'em.

However, if the seam allowance is narrow or the fabric is nubbly, hairy, or fleecy, I use a marker pen of some type, often one of those permanent gel pens you can get at craft stores. They don't wash out, but a single white dot in the seam allowance doesn't show, and it usually wears off quickly.

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Date: 7/17/12 2:10 PM

I cut my notches out. I learned from my grandmother and she always said that if you needed adjustments, you might run out of fabric by cutting in. She was a professional tailor and used very small seam allowances. I also notch for all circles, CB and CF and any other markings I feel are important, such as gathering lines.

I tried snipping once. I had great difficulty even finding the snips and seeing them..too much hassle for me! I don't feel that my notches have to line up exactly, so if one is off a tad, as long as the two pieces align at the beginning and end of the seam, I'm OK with that.
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Date: 7/17/12 3:44 PM

I spray-glue all my patterns to heavy duty kraft paper, and then use a hole punch to punch circles through the pattern at the notches. Then, I use a washable marker or chalk to mark the fabric at each hole. Works like a charm, no need to mess around while cutting out.

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Date: 7/17/12 3:55 PM

I learned first to cut notches outward, then I started to just snip inward, then I made a few clothing items that were unwearable from the start because I needed to let them out and the snips turned into holes at the seams. So now, I notch them outward again.

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Date: 7/17/12 4:42 PM

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I learned first to cut notches outward, then I started to just snip inward, then I made a few clothing items that were unwearable from the start because I needed to let them out and the snips turned into holes at the seams. So now, I notch them outward again.

I remember my home ec teacher was very precise. I remember kids snickering when she had us use the BACK of the butter knife (and it had to be the BACK because it was STRAIGHT) to level off measuring cups. I now use this technique for cooking a recipe for the first time - then I mix it up on my own subsequent times.

And so I think that's why she was having us cut the notches outward. I don't remember every lecture or what she said (gosh, this was well over 20 years ago), so she may have said why or what not. I don't remember. I just remember a kid getting marks taken off because they didn't cut the notches - even after the project was finished and it had turned out fine. Talk about being EXACT!

I guess this post is re-inforcing my habit of cutting outward. Although I like Courtney's technique of putting the pattern on heavy duty craft paper and punching holes out in order to mark pattern markings. That's a technique I've not heard of and may try it.

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Date: 7/17/12 8:44 PM

I cut notches outward - ALWAYS! Occasionally I don't cut them at all, but that's just if I know what they are and know I don't need to match them up.

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Date: 7/17/12 9:29 PM

Instead of cutting notches either in or out, I cut the fabric straight across, but I cut the paper notches in. I use a marker to show the notch location:
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