Trim Close to the Seam?

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Hi. Thank you for the Advancing Your Sewing Skills class! I am a self taught sewer and therefore am unaware of the finer points of the skill. I have always been told that when trimming the edges of a piece that you are going to be turning to the right side, that it was okay to trim the seams very close to the stitching, rather than cutting out the notches. The class didn’t mention doing it this way. Do you prefer notches?

Submitted by Annie


NSC Answer

I’m glad you enjoyed the class! Yes, I do generally prefer notches rather than trimming close to the seam. This is mostly when sewing garments, as you generally want to keep as much of the seam allowance as possible to help maintain the integrity of the garment. That being said, if you are sewing a home decor item or wanting to trim a seam that is not going to be undergoing any ‘stress’, you can absolutely just trim close to the seam.

Hope this helps!

Ashley


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3 Responses to “Trim Close to the Seam?”
  1. Pam

    Whenever possible, I trim these seams with pinking shears. Sort of the best of both worlds.

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    • JUDIE

      I have pinking shears, but they are no longer sharp. Is it possible to SHARPEN pinking shears??

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      • kaethy

        Yes, I took my mothers pinking shears in to a fabric shop for sharpening. An independent shop that had a sewing machine repairman on the premises.

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