Streamlined sewing techniques—the initial steps

Discover the new essential steps for laying out, cutting, and transferring pattern details. They're the same whether you're cutting out a dress, top, skirt, or jacket pattern. In the video, Nancy shares both the “tried-and-true” methods and the techniques she's learned over the years using a dress pattern as an example.





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How-to: Laying out, cutting, and transferring pattern details
In the video, Nancy uses a dress pattern and a cotton/poly interlock fabric to demo all techniques.

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Multi-size patterns:
  • Tried and True: Cut out pattern pieces for your size only.
  • New Technique: Trace only the size you need onto Pattern Paper.
Layout techniques:
  • Tried and True: Layout pattern pieces on your fabric according to the pattern guidelines.
  • New Technique: Roughly layout pattern pieces on fabric. Position biggest pieces first without pinning in place. Add smaller pieces. Determine position of fold pattern pieces. Pin only at the fold.
Determine position of pattern pieces with grainline markings: Secure pattern pieces in place:
  • Tried and True: Pin all around each pattern piece.
  • New Technique #1: Use Shape Weights that are designed to fit the curves and angles of patterns and hold paper pieces in place without pins.
  • New Technique #2: Pin at a 45-degree angle at each corner of the pattern pieces with Glass Head Quilting Pins. Don't over pin!
Cutting techniques:
  • Tried and True: Cut with long strides. For example, use the ultra-sharp Bordeaux Shears.
  • New Technique: If your hands get tired, use the Electric Rotary Cutter. Working with this cutter is almost effortless as you guide it on its foot as you cut.
Marking techniques:
Notches:
  • Tried and True: To match pattern pieces, clip notch marks with a regular scissors for lightweight fabric.
  • New Technique: A clip may get lost on thicker fabric, such a fleece. Use a Pattern Notcher with a thicker blade area. It's easier to see these marks.
Inner marks, such as tucks: Darts: Time to sew!
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