BEST PRACTICES: CUTTING!

When we start working with paper patterns to sew a garment, it doesn’t take long before we’re confronted by all the pattern symbols associated with sewing.  One of the first–and most unavoidable–is NOTCHES.

This video covers how to cut a sewing pattern piece from fabric accurately, using either a rotary cutter or a pair of sewing shears, plus how to cut notches easily and precisely.

Notches are markings on pattern pieces that are used to make sure that the edges line up correctly so that the garment goes together properly. They can also be used to help you match up the fabric’s design and place pattern pieces on the fabric more deliberately–like on a repeating plaid line or with a particular element centered. Knowing how to cut your notches so they’re used to their best advantage is a huge skill to have!

To find the shears I use in the video, check this list of Gingher scissors via Amazon.  Use the skills you gather here to launch one of our Sewalongs!  Try the Ogden Cami, the Archer Shirt, or the Carolyn Pajamas, all perennial favorites here at the League.

As always, we love hearing from you!  Use the comments box below to share: what’s your biggest cutting fail?  Your greatest suggestion for how to cut better?  The fabric you most/least love to cut for sewing garments?  Start a conversation and meet other members of the League!

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