I’m sold! Hollie sent me one of her Seam Allowance Guides to review, and for someone who operates on minimal equipment and has very few sewing gadgets to their name, I have to say I love this clever little tool!
For those of us who trace Burda patterns or any other pattern system that omits seam allowances, it is perfect – this tool automatically measures the seam allowances for you while you cut. It simply attaches to your scissor blades by a magnet, and you cut using the small black ring as a distance guide.
For those of us who find cutting the least appealing part of the sewing process – this is going to minimise your time at the cutting table and get you to the sewing machine sooner!
Hollie is an accomplished seamstress herself, and in designing this tool she has thought about all the important details. I was impressed with the power of the magnet – it certainly won’t fall off or shift when you are cutting around curves or anything! The black ring can be moved incrementally along the guide, so you can cut anything from 6mm seam allowances to 3cm hem allowances:
There are spare rings enclosed and I placed two on the guide at once, partly to avoid losing one (!), but also because I cut my garments with varying seam allowances. And if you have shears with a sloping blade Hollie hasn’t forgotten you – there’s an extra guide in yellow with a slanted edge – it fits perfectly on the right side of my shears:
It is even great for picking up pins! In these pictures I am demonstrating it being used on a pattern from an Australian Home Journal which has no seam allowances – normally I would trace this onto pattern paper, add seam allowances, cut out the pattern, then lay up and cut the fabric – I can see Hollie’s invention is going to save me a lot of time!
Thank you Hollie for your generous offer. And have a great sewing week all – I’m off to cut something out and play with guess what!