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« on: June 13, 2007 07:08:12 PM »

okay, well i'm not too good at sewing so here goes...
whenever i'm sewing, and i have to sew on a curve[like, sewing a hood!!], i finish it, and flip it so i can see how it looks,a nd it's always weird and bunchy and stuff. not too descriptive, i'll try taking pics, butt are there any secrets to making it not...bunchy? thanks:D
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007 10:43:00 AM »

Are you pressing your seams and clipping the curve before you turn?  Pressing will make any seam look more professional.  And for curves you really need to clip or notch the seam allowance for it to lay flat.

The way the books say is to clip (just make slits in the seam allowance almost but not quite to the line of stitching) on the outside curves and notch (cut a "v" shape out of the seam allowance reaching almost but not quite to the line of stitching) on the inside curves.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007 09:12:23 PM »

Clipping yer curves = good point. Cause on an outside curve, the bigger the seam allowance, the more the fabric has to stretch to curve out. And on an inside curve, all that extra seam allowance bunches up.

Hmm . . . it could also be bunchy if your line kinda wavers back and forth on the curve. Every time your curve changes direction, however slightly, that'll create a little pucker on the seam. It works the same for straight seams too, but on a curve it's more noticeable, because you can see where the line goes *in* suddenly when it should keep going *out.*

(Note: I often have this problem too. Doh! Smiley  One can fix a lot of things with creative ironing. Or, you can just go back and correct any little dips and waves with your sewing machine, once you notice them on the right-side-out piece.)

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2007 01:49:27 PM »

ahh the clipping and pressing helped a lot:]
thanks guys!
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