Thursday, June 04, 2009
Sewing Tip -- Cut Once, Save Time
I have no idea how I missed this for so long -- ever since I started sewing patterns, I have carefully cut out every single (needed) piece before pinning it to the fabric.
As I was reading the instruction for a vintage 50's apron pattern, I discovered that the instructions told you to pin the pattern piece to the fabric, then cut along the lines. *light bulb* So rather than trim your pattern pieces precisely, you can just cut them off of the sheet and save the details for when you actually cut the fabric* -- it's so easy, and it saves so much time! I'm even convinced that it's easier to cut the fabric, too.
Of course, I'll feel incredibly stupid if I'm the only person on earth who "cuts twice!" But if there are other "cut twice" seamstresses out there (and you're one of them), you might want to give "cut once" a try!
*Please note that cutting tissue paper with fabric scissors may dull your scissors more rapidly -- I don't have expensive scissors, so this is not a big deal for me.