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Anybody have any tips for sewing them?
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Date: 7/19/12 4:00 PM

This is my first time sewing princess seams. While sewing up muslin #5, I noticed that it was a little bit difficult to keep the seamlines matched up on the curves. Is there some sort of a trick to make it easier?
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Date: 7/19/12 5:49 PM

I thread trace my seams then clip the seams a bit. Clipping seams to help the bunching a bit and you are going to need to clip afterwards anyway
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Date: 7/19/12 6:08 PM

You can trim down the seams to 3/8ths and then you don't have to clip. Industry sewing uses that smaller seam allowance and they don't clip curves.

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Date: 7/19/12 6:31 PM

Stay stitch the inner curve and clip it. Then make it match the piece with the outer curve. Pin or baste and stitch.
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Date: 7/19/12 6:34 PM

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Date: 7/19/12 7:08 PM

If you're a visual learner (like me), you should check Youtube for some videos. I'm pretty sure that's what I did for my first princess seams and they came out perfect! Good luck.

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Date: 7/19/12 7:31 PM

I do what Jacqui315 does. No headaches easing, no wavy seams, no ripples. I spent many hours ripping seams before using the 3/8" seam allowance method. I also serge my princess seams before sewing them.

Good luck!
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Date: 7/19/12 8:02 PM

I baste by hand for final fit, then machine stitch, then clip, and then catch-stitch it down. Makes a HUGE difference.
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Date: 7/19/12 9:44 PM

Quote: Silk Challis
Stay stitch the inner curve and clip it. Then make it match the piece with the outer curve. Pin or baste and stitch.

Thats the way I do it to, Then I serge close to finish the seam.

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Date: 7/20/12 10:12 AM

I use half inch seams and do not clip my princess seams. For me, it simply isn't necessary.

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