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How to Sew Corners

Learn how to sew corners from founder Cynthia Mann in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Cynthia Mann and we're here today at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I'm Melissa Lunden; I'm the resident seamstress here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog tutorials and sew samples of Birch's line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So now were going to talk about how to sew corners, and that would be if your going to sew a basic pillow, what you want to do is have your two layers of fabric, this is our mini pillow and you want your fabric pieces lined up perfectly, and then you put them under your pressure foot and you follow along with your seam allowance and your going to sew one side. If your using 5/8 seam allowance, your going to stop 5/8 from the next side of the pillow you can make a little mark on the pillow so you dont over shoot it. And then what you want to do is make sure your needle is in the down position, which means that its through the fabric. Lift up your presser foot and then rotate your fabric 90 degrees. If you are a little bit too far away from the edge you can just swing it back. Do one more stitch by turning the handwheel, lift it up, then put the fabric 90 degrees, and continue sewing. And thats how you do the first part of sewing a corner. Once you finish you can see you have a nice corner, but when you flip it right side out it is going to be a little bulky but you can just trim that corner off, like that. And then, when you turn the corner right side out you kind of use your finger, and your going to poke it straight, you take a pin and very, very gently so you dont rip your stitches, and you kind of just pull out that corner so its nice and sharp, and then youll press it, and you will have a perfect 90 degree corner.

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