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From: anamariacries
Date: 08-09-2006, 11:57 PM (1 of 4)
I cut my fabric and didn't notice it was supposed to have a notch (outward) until later can I still use it or do I need to start over or what seems like that peice isn't to important but who knows?
User: anamariacries
Member since: 08-01-2006
Total posts: 11
From: bridesmom
Date: 08-10-2006, 12:01 AM (2 of 4)
anamariacries - take a deep breath. Now slowly explain what you mean by the notch, was it one of the little notches (diamonds) along the pattern edge that is used to match pieces together, or was it a notch (extension) of a pattern piece and what exactly is the pattern piece you are cutting???

If its just the diamond notch for matching pieces, never fear, I always cut these off and only make little tiny snips into the fabric so I know where they are when I match the pieces together.

The other may be a problem, more info needed!!!
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User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: paroper
Date: 08-11-2006, 08:01 AM (3 of 4)
Anamariacries, if you were making a pattern from a sloper, once you have the pattern drafted, you draw lines between each pattern piece and the matching pattern piece these are later made into notches. These become like puzzle pieces to help you assemble the pattern correctly. When puttting the garment together, you match notches first to make sure that you don't shift the pattern and to make sure that the pieces you are putting together actually belong together. I've had a few things that I've cut out (usually complicated skirts) where the pattern pieces all look alike but have subtile differences. The notches have often saved me. They are also critical when inserting sleeves. Not only do the notches have meaning but the number of notches will often tell you where the item belongs....for instance, a single notch in a sleeve always goes in front and a double goes in back. Many people cut these flat and clip once...twice, depending on the number of notches there are. I like to cut them out so they are more visible (if I have room on my fabric to cut them out.)

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: DorothyL
Date: 08-11-2006, 09:44 AM (4 of 4)
You can mark where the notches were with chalk, and water erasable pen or tailor tacks.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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