Wednesday Tip of the Week
I no longer trim my corners before I turn them. I also don't sew and pivot 90 degrees. Instead I stitch off the end of the first side of the corner seam. Then I turn the fabric 90 degrees and stitch in the other direction. This creates a perfect 90 degree turn in the stitching. To ensure a tight corner, I re-stitch the turn, using the pivot method, starting and ending about an inch from the turn. The original stitching provides a convenient guide to know when to pivot, creating a perfect 90 degree turn.
|Stitch each seam separately|
|Stitch corner using pivot method on top of previous stitching to reinforce corner|
|Insert thumb into corner|
|With fore finger and thumb grasp one seam allowance and turn down on seam line|
Holding the folded seam allowances together, I turn the corner right side out. Voila, the corner point should be a clean 90 degrees.
|Now fold down other seam allowance to form square|
|Turn right side out and with fingers form square|
|A perfectly square corner|
This doesn't work as well for points less than 90 degrees, such as in a dress shirt collar. Pointy collars in particular need some trimming, but for all square corners it is the best way to produce sharp, crisp corners.