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Posted on: 7/12/05 4:34 AM
Last Updated: 1/9/08 11:22 AM
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1-9-08 updated photo link for move to Shutterfly

4-20-07 Updated link for the new Yahoo

This tip is about a simple hem. You want to turn the fabric under twice and machine stitch it in place. No big deal, right? Then you find that it's a problem, when you come to a corner.

Examples of this: napkins, square or rectangular tablecloths, placemats, patch pockets, casual tops/jackets with side slits...just to name a few.

The problem is, after you've turned the hem up twice on one side, and then turn the hem twice on the adjacent side, that corner is suddenly 9-layers-of-fabric thick.

Presser feet don't like sewing along on 3 layers of fabric and suddenly changing to 9 layers. Needles aren't too happy about it either. More importantly, the bulk on that corner looks bad.

On a patch pocket, you don't have to turn the fabric under twice along the sides and bottom, of course, but you will have an ugly corner where the last turn-under shows a tiny bit of a raw edge [or if you flipped that back so it doesn't show, more bulk].

The web link above has instructions and images that will totally correct these problems...and makes the prettiest mitered corner.

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bestmom821 said...
I could not find the web link with the instructions and images.
3/4/09 7:08 PM
LaProv said...
Hi, do you get these responses? Id love to get the simple flap purse instructions that you did in 2005 but are not on Yahoo anymore... Thanks!
1/27/08 9:14 PM
SewVeryTall said...'s right below the date of this posting [to the left of my profile], click on the little camera icon beside "Web site/URL:"
10/26/05 5:20 AM
maryann ns said...
where is the website?
10/25/05 4:35 PM
eatsallinsects said...
8/2/05 8:46 PM
sewkat said...
Awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it out, too!!
7/28/05 6:01 PM
Enigma said...
Great tip! I'll be saving this to my favorites because this is one I can get a ton of use out of. Thanks!
7/27/05 1:05 PM
MirB said...
I thought this is a wonderful tip and plan to use it on my next pocket.
7/22/05 5:31 PM
BeckyW said...
Can't wait to try this!
7/17/05 7:37 AM
Maychi said...
Thank you for an excellent tip!
7/14/05 4:58 AM
SewVeryTall said...
Thanks for all your nice comments! You're very welcome :)
7/14/05 2:02 AM
heavenly blessings said...
I use a similar method by mine is not nearly as tidy as yours. I love it!
7/13/05 7:30 PM
pjrsews said...
This is the clearest explanation of this hemming situation that I have seen anywhere. Thanks.
7/13/05 6:15 PM
GorgeousFabrics said...
Excellent tip, thanks! -Ann
7/13/05 2:58 PM
ryan's mom said...
Thanks! I just added this to my favorites.
7/13/05 7:36 AM
Patzee said...
Nice tip. Thanks for the illustration! I made a PDF for my files.
7/13/05 0:45 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
This is great and I love you illustrations - that makes it quite clear on what to do and when.
7/12/05 7:31 PM
Leslie in Austin said...
Nifty! Thanks for sharing this uper tip!
7/12/05 6:28 PM
Loreli said...
Thanks for the great tip!!!!
7/12/05 1:07 PM
Jayme girl said...
hugs. great tip Thanks again....
7/12/05 8:46 AM
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