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Posted on: 4/20/10 11:32 AM
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While sewing a tote recently, I needed to sew a square of stitches to secure the straps. Usually this isn't a problem -- just pivot on each corner. This tote was large and pivoting was going to be a challenge on one side. I sewed side 1, pivoted and sewed side 2. With the needle in the fabric, I sewed the 3d side using the reverse, then pivoted and sewed side 4. I then oversewed side 1 for security. This was so much simpler than wrestling something large under the head -- lightbulb moment! HTH.

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JoaniesJosh said... (5/2/10 4:27 PM) Reply
Does this mean you sew 4 sides once, but one of the sides twice???
Patti B said... (4/23/10 10:11 AM) Reply
Yes, joaniesjosh, I always overlap one row of stitches. The aha moment was the sewing of one row of stitching in reverse so I did not have to wrestle the bag under the head of the machine. HTH
JoaniesJosh said... (4/22/10 3:57 PM) Reply
I am correct in assuming that you sew a complete square, than resew the first stitching, for a total of 5 sewing lines? In other words, just sew around in a square, by pivoting at the 4 corners?
Barnes797 said... (4/21/10 10:13 AM) Reply
Smart
vasallese said... (4/21/10 7:52 AM) Reply
That's how I do it. I try to oversew on the bottom or top, I feel it gives extra strength so the strap will be supported.
Bunsnpigs said... (4/21/10 7:44 AM) Reply
What a cool idea!
Ethansgram said... (4/20/10 10:15 PM) Reply
What a clever solution! I am currently working on a tote and may need to use this technique. Thanks for the great idea.
Ethansgram said... (4/20/10 10:14 PM) Reply
What a clever solution! I am currently working on a tote and may need to use this technique. Thanks for the great idea. ETA: sorry about the double post - apparently having internet issues.
 
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