Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A to Z 2012 - P

Join me as I blog my way through April - A to Z!
This month, you'll learn about those funny little
sewing defined by Seams Inspired.

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Why do many sewing courses begin with stitching pillows? Truly, I do not know; however, I believe it is so you can practice sewing straight lines and points. Mastering a point is more than just stitching to the corner, pivoting the fabric on the needle, and stitching to the next corner. There are a few techniques that will provide you with perfect points each time you sew them.

Different fabric weights employ different pivot procedures. A lightweight, or sheer fabric is the easiest point to master. Stitch the seam, bringing the needle to the corner, raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric on the needle making a 90° turn, lower the presser foot, continue stitching.

Medium and heavy-weight fabrics use a slightly different technique. Instead of pivoting the fabric on the needle, stitch almost to the corner (about 1-2 stitches). With medium-weight fabric, take one stitch across the corner. For heavy-weight fabrics, take 2-3 stitches to round the corner. Proceed with stitching the seamline to the next corner.

When sewing points, take your machine off warp-speed, and slowly stitch the corners.  After stitching and pressing, you may need to grade the seam allowances. This is trimming close to the stitch lines. In heavy-weight fabrics, you will want to reduce the bulk in the point corners by slashing the fabric diagonally into the seam allowance. Now you are ready to turn the fabric to the right side.

Take a gentle hand when turning the fabric. Use a blunt needle, or better yet, a point-turner. Yes, there is an actual sewing tool for making points. Gently work on the corners, pushing out the points to perfection.
Have you sewn anything that had points?
Happy Wednesday!

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