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Before you layout your fabric, trim all of your seam allowances to 3/8".
Trim neck seams and enclosed seams (i.e. pockets, center front plackets,
facings, collars, etc.) to 1/4". This will eliminate trimming and clipping
seams after your garment is sewn.
Chain your seams together. For example, start at the hem and sew up to the
armhole, then butt the shoulder seam up next to the armhole and continue sewing
without clipping the threads. Continue sewing the shoulder seam and side seam
butting the seams right next to each other. After you get to the bottom of the
opposite side seam clip all of the threads at once.
Set aside all of the pattern pieces that require interfacing. Then cut a piece
of interfacing and a piece of fabric large enough to accommodate all of the
pieces. Now fuse the interfacing to the fabric following the manufacturer
instructions. Layout the pattern pieces and cut them after the interfacing is
fused on. The results are great!
Lay out the cut pieces in the order that they will be sewn together on a table
or chair next to where you are working. Then just lift the pieces off of the
stack as you are sewing. Believe it or not, this step speeds up the process
quite a bit.
more useful sewing tips like this, visit our website at www.paragonpatterns.com
if you have questions about sewing and you need help, visit our sewing tips page
and send me an e-mail. I'll do what I can to answer your questions.
next time, sew happy!
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