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Posted on: 9/7/04 12:41 PM
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This tip is from a '96 issue of Threads magazine, and helps form terrific pockets around templates without burned fingers. The above link is to the author's video at the Threads web site.

Basically, the idea is to use a template cut from tagboard (file folder paper) cut in the finished shape/size of your pocket. When your pocket has been cut and the top hemmed, place a piece of white tissue paper or thin pressing cloth on a surface you can iron on, place the pocket face down, and center the template over it. I found it easiest to work on my ironing board and use push pins through all layers to stabilize everything.

Lift up the tissue/presscloth, firmly pulling the pocket seam allowances around the template, and press around the edges. You can keep your fingers out of the way of the hot iron, and get great, crisp edges around curves or square corners.

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Asa Hagstrom said... (9/9/04 4:06 AM) Reply
Great tip! Another way to use a template is to run a gathering stitch in the SA of the corner, and pull the threads so the pocket shapes around the template.
LSBCATS3 said... (9/8/04 10:29 PM) Reply
Threads is so great about references for sewing tips and tricks. I appreciate your review. I had not run across that tip before. The tissue makes curves on pockets look so simple. Thank you!
PhyllisC said... (9/8/04 3:07 PM) Reply
I can vouch for this tip - it really works!
AnneM said... (9/8/04 4:44 AM) Reply
Great idea; I'll have to try it.
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