Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seam grading tip

Sometimes a small trick can make sewing much easier. Take seam trimming and grading. It makes a lot of difference how you hold your shears. If you hold them with blades perpendicular to the surface (as in the picture below), you will have difficulties getting a nice straight edge.



However, when the shears are held at an angle (see below), you will achieve much better results. 



Do you grade your seams?


17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip. I had no idea it made a difference.

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  2. I try to grade all seams where it makes sense to do so. Why does it matter that the edge is straight though?

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    1. I prefer to be able to control fabric and have nicely trimmed seams :)

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    2. The angle of the scissors will "pop" up the fabric and allow a more controlled cut.

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  3. Thanks for this tip. I am always unhappy with my uneven trimming. Next time I will try to hld my shears at an angle.

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  4. Thanks for the tip! It never occurred to me to hold the shears sideways like this. I just thought I had unsteady hands and I wondered how everyone else managed such neat edges.

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  5. I love to grade my seams - it makes the pressed results so much nicer looking from the outside. I use my Duck-billed applique scissors for grading though - I find them much easier to handle for this task (plus I'm less likely to accidentally cut the fabric below too.)

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  6. Thanks for the tip! I see that you have parallel basting stitches, is that how You baste your underlining to the main fabric? It makes sense now that I think about it, it's much more precise than only basting around the seam lines.

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  7. Thanks for the tip, I will try it right away

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  8. That's a wonderful tip! I'm still fairly new to sewing. Is this only applicable to grading seams, or is it always better to hold the shears like this?

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