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Clipping a Curved Seam

When you sew a curved seam, reducing the bulk of the seam allowance before you turn the unit right side out is a must. Clipping the seams is the trick for making the finished outer edges of the curve smooth and flat. Here’s how.

 

Make light marks on the stitched curved seam similar to the hours on a clock (we did ours in a light blue).

clipping a seam

 

Using small sharp scissors, clip tiny V-shape wedges out of the seam allowance at the marks. Make clips close to, but not into, stitching.

clipping a seam

 

Once the unit is turned right side out, the fabric of the seam allowance is reduced and the pressed edge is flat. That’s the look you want. Here, you can see the clipped seam inside this sheer fabric unit.

clipping a seam

 

From the right side you can’t see the seam allowance, but you see the result of clipping a curved seam: A smooth and flat outer edge.

clipping a seam