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Notching and Clipping Hills and Valleys

June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

One of the first tips my mom shared with me when I started sewing was the importance of notching and clipping hills and valleys. It is such a simple thing to do but makes a huge difference in your finished product. It helps the fabric lay correctly when you turn it right side out. Take a look at what I mean:

Clipping Valleys

If its a valley, it needs to be clipped. Try sewing a valley and flipping it right side out. It will never, ever lay flat.

A valley that hasn’t been clipped…

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys

The seam needs a little stretch to be able to pull off a nice smooth look. To do this, clip along seam allowance along the valley. Make sure not to accidentally clip your seam!!

A clipped valley…

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys

A clipped valley, turned right-side-out…

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys

Much better!

Notching Hills

If its a hill, it needs to be notched. Notching is a fancy word for cutting triangles out of your seam allowance to help remove the bulk of the fabric around your hill so when you flip it right side out, it lays correctly.

A notched hill….

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys

 

A notched hill, turned right-side-out…

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys

Although it is a simple tip, it will make a huge difference in your final product. So remember, notch your hills and clip your valleys!!!

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