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The right choice of seam allowance

Tips and tricks for a professional sewing result

In the world of sewing, seam allowance is a seemingly small detail, but one that can make or break a project. Choosing and maintaining the correct seam allowance is crucial to the fit and durability of your garment.

The seam allowance is the space between the raw edge of the fabric and the seam line. Since you orientate yourself on the cut edge when sewing with the sewing machine, it is extremely important for the fit of the garment to add an even and correct seam allowance when cutting.

  • The right size: The width of the seam allowance depends on your sewing project. As a rule, the seam allowance for clothing is between 1.0 - 1.5 cm for seams and 2.5 - 3.0 cm for hems. If you are unsure whether you would like to make adjustments to the cut, it is better to add a little more seam allowance to your project, so you have more leeway and can correct a garment that is too tight. Stretchy fabrics that are often sewn together with an overlock sewing machine are cut with a seam allowance of 0.7 cm.
  • Flexibility when cutting: Since most patterns do not have a built-in seam allowance, it is important to add this according to your individual needs. This can be a time-consuming project, especially with complex projects. Using markers and pinning the patterns to your fabric will help you work precisely and avoid unpleasant surprises. This simple step saves time and frustration.

This is where our innovative cutting aids Karl and Karlchen come into play. With their magnetic attachment to your scissors or rotary cutter, they allow you to precisely cut the seam allowance. The distance can be infinitely adjusted and allows you precise control over your seam allowance. This saves you a lot of time and allows you to concentrate on what's important: the sewing itself.

  • Seam Allowances Vary: The correct seam allowance can vary depending on the fabric and project. Always remember that seam allowances that are too small/tight can significantly affect the durability and fit of your garment.

Choosing and maintaining the correct seam allowance is a key aspect of sewing and can be the difference between a frustrating project and an impressive masterpiece. SimplyKarl has made it its mission to make life easier for all sewing enthusiasts. Our products are manufactured with love and care under fair conditions in Germany and ensure that you achieve the best possible results.

Discover our products so that your next sewing project can begin without the time-consuming “marking of seam allowances” and lead to a creative and professional success.

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