how to mark seam allowance/cutting line on Burda patterns?

talley_sue_nycJanuary 18, 2013

I'm sewing a skirt with a friend, and she picked a Burda Magazine pattern, which doesn't have seam allowances marked.

We'll have to draw our own.

Anybody got any suggestions for how to do this accurately and *quickly*?

My mother once had a plastic H-shaped tool; you slipped a pencil into the slot in the center, and then used one of the four legs (each at a different distance from the center) to guide your line as you drew. Has anybody seen anything like that? I can't find it--either in stores or online.

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jomuir

I've always just done it by hand. It's easy (for me anyway) to follow along 1/4-1/2" from the line. You can also give yourself deeper SA's if you like in areas you question the fit of.

The hard part is following the line itself, when it's nested w/a lot of other pattern pieces, it's difficult for me to follow the right color sometimes.

Burda has such a good sloper, esp. in slacks. One of my fav. skirts is a Burda pattern, too. Good luck, hope your friend's skirt comes out nice!

The link has some great tips that may help.

Here is a link that might be useful: patternreview.com thread on Burda

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:03AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I have a sewing gauge and one end is exactly 5/8" wide which can be just laid down next to the pattern piece and use it to mark a dashed line where you want to cut.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:41AM
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talley_sue_nyc

Thanks, Annie--I'l have to look at my sewing gauge more closely!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 8:41PM
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rosefolly

Most measuring tapes are also 5/8" wide as well.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:03AM
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talley_sue_nyc

Rosefolly, I didn't know that! I'm going to check mine all tonight!

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 7:40PM
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talley_sue_nyc

Look what I found! It's a little magnet marker that you stick onto your scissors. And then you align the black ring with the sewing line, and cut.

Nancy's Notions is the only place I've found them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seam Allowance Guide at Nancy's Notions.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:09AM
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talley_sue_nyc

And Clover makes a double tracing wheel--

Here is a link that might be useful: Double Tracing Wheel

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:03PM
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talley_sue_nyc

There's also a Traum Tracing Wheel--vintage, so you'd have to get it on eBay or somewhere like that.
http://sewcraftful.com/tools/10giftideassewer/

Here is a link that might be useful: a list of gadgets--pic of the Traum Tracing Wheel among them

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:07PM
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