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Date: 8/25/12 7:35 PM

Hi, could someone help with advice on how to neatly sew the corners on the side strips used to sew boxed outdoor cushions? Also, if dealing with firm cushions, should the total boxing strip be less, or equal to the perimeter of the cushion?
I have made 5 of these, (need to make 3 more), but am having trouble making the corners and the seams look crisp and neat.Also, how wide should the seam allowances be? This is really ravelly outdoor fabric.
Thanks a lot for any help.

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Date: 8/25/12 9:49 PM

You pin the gusset flat to one side of the cushion, RST, and when you get to a corner, you make a tiny clip so that the gusset wraps around the corner when sewing. Then when you sew, about 1/4" away from the corner, you make your stitch length smaller, through the corner, and then change it back to normal when you are finished.

The total boxing strip (aka 'gusset") should be the same size as the cushion. I sew mine together, like a big circle before I sew them on.

I make the seam allowances to be 1/4" and have used an overedge foot on my sewing machine. Now that I have a serger, if I have to do these again, (which will be my third time this year), I'll serge the edges after stitching, but have the knife just barely cut the edge.

Singer's got an excellent book on this: Sewing for the Home. It's also in their Complete Guide to Sewing. The pictures are fantastic!

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s.gopalan
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Date: 8/25/12 10:16 PM

Thanks for your reply. I do have the Singer book, and read it , but feel better hearing from someone who has actually been through the process. I think I need to trim my seam allowances further, and do some clipping, as you suggest. Thanks

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Date: 8/26/12 9:38 AM

You may want to use the serger to do the trimming if the fabric is ravelling as you say.
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Date: 8/27/12 11:57 AM

Thanks a lot.

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