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How do I do these corners?
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Date: 1/21/11 10:04 AM

Seriously. I am at the point of losing it over this. I must have done these corners ten times and I cannot get them right and I am verging on ripping this to shreds. There's always these hideous puckers in it.
Look at this!

It's the front band of this dress:


How do I get those corners to lay flat without any bunching or puckers?
-- Edited on 1/21/11 10:05 AM --

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Date: 1/21/11 10:22 AM

There is at least one tip on sewing sharp corners under "sewing tips". Also have you pressed it yet? The puckers may disappear when pressed.

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Date: 1/21/11 10:25 AM


Bird.. did you try a small clip .. that is to take the scissors and clip a bit like you would on an inside curve to help it lay flat..

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Date: 1/21/11 10:28 AM

Have you tried pressing to see what happens? I actually don't think it looks bad at all, maybe you're being too hard on yourself?

However-
I am going to guess that you are sewing into the corner, putting the needle down, turning the fabric, and then continuing to stitch.

When I do these types of inside corners (and I hate them, you're not alone!), I sew down one side, back stitch, and then remove the fabric. Then I pin the other side of the corner and stitch it. That seems to leave enough of a gap or something that I don't get those puckers.

You might also need to clip further into the corner than you have. I am always reluctant to clip until I absolutely have to, so generally I wait until I have stitched the first side of the corner and am pinning the other side. That way I can see exactly where I need to clip, and how much. If I just whack into that corner the way the instructions tell you to, I always end up with too big a clip, or the clip in just slightly the wrong place.

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Date: 1/21/11 10:34 AM

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take the scissors and clip a bit like you would on an inside curve

Yes, clip or make a slit right where the seam forms a right angle. Don't cut right through the stitching, but you can actually get quite close (I even live dangerously and go right up to the stitching).

I must say, though, I tried making a squared neck using super-soft fabric once, and it just didn't work. But in most cases the fabric cooperates.

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Date: 1/21/11 10:34 AM

I heard somewhere to take one small stitch across the corner at 45 degrees instead of just a 90 degree turn. Seems to work well.

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Date: 1/21/11 10:56 AM

Quote: unfinishedprojects
I heard somewhere to take one small stitch across the corner at 45 degrees instead of just a 90 degree turn. Seems to work well.

This was going to suggest the same. You have several layers (with sew-in interfacing, that is 3 layers) that you are trying to pivot with one stitch.

Try a sample; lengthen the stitch a bit.

It is not a sewing machine error.

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Date: 1/21/11 11:09 AM

Thanks everyone for your help! I did snip into the corners, but it still puckers.

"I am going to guess that you are sewing into the corner, putting the needle down, turning the fabric, and then continuing to stitch."

That's right. I didn't know how else to do it, but I like the idea of the one stitch at 45. I did not press it yet but that had occurred to me. I was just so bent on getting this to lay flat that I didn't try it.
I took a break from this and went to the drug store and it occurred to me that those corners will be hidden by the bow. Still no excuse to do a shoddy job though. We're going out for lunch then I'll give it another go this afternoon after I check out the tips section.
Thanks again !You guys are great!

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Date: 1/21/11 11:21 AM

I have also heard that the 45 degree angle should fix your problem. Go to the store or tolunch. Leave the machine and the house and take a break. When you go home, press the area really well. I understand your statement about the bow covering it, but that is not an excuse to be sloppy. Great attitude there. Good girl!

Now, about the machine... I don't mean your new one, do you?

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Date: 1/21/11 11:31 AM

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I have also heard that the 45 degree angle should fix your problem. Go to the store or tolunch. Leave the machine and the house and take a break. When you go home, press the area really well. I understand your statement about the bow covering it, but that is not an excuse to be sloppy. Great attitude there. Good girl!



Now, about the machine... I don't mean your new one, do you?



LTS

Let me rephrase that - I wanted to throw myself off the roof. Not the machine. I love the new Elna too much for that!!!

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