Welcome to Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd (#TTot22). This is the third installment; but not to worry you can see past entries at my Pinterest board (here).
This month’s tutorial are two ways that I like to make folded corners. Both require a special tool; but both save me hours of drawing lines and inaccuracy.
The first way is to use this simple tape. It is made by Cluck Cluck Sew and called Diagonal Seam Tape*. I use it on both my machines. It is there all the time so I never need to draw a line again. This time save is inexpensive (under $10) and I have only put it on once and used it for many months.
Before you begin you should install the tape. I have the tape installed the length of my table, and used a ruler to guide me when I did it. You could draw a pencil line to help you and place the tape over it. Also, as I used it, I cut it out around the insert and made it a little smaller over the bobbin case (I like to see my thread).
First line up your pieces on top of each other. I am showing where I am using a smaller square on a rectangle – the Awesome Ocean pattern required lots of these corners.
Then, sew your seam. I generally sew close to the line, you can decide if you want more room for error. (Bonus hint: The last needle I put in the machine was the one you can see under the insert).
You can see this works pretty well. There is not much hanging out over the edge. Precision is an advantage of this method in that you can check before you trim and press.
Now, I am not always the most precise sewer. So, I love the “Simple Folded Corners*” Ruler. Why? the advantage is that the trimming is done first and it makes it all feel so much faster to me.
Place the ruler on the pieces.
Make sure the line intersects the corners and then you can trim.
(Bonus hint: the tape is Nexcare Tape for skin – grippy and clear)
Sew across the diagonal line.
Then sew and press. I find this method the quickest, but you can make an error cutting (measure twice, cut once). I use both methods but do prefer to trim before I sew; it seems faster. BUT, I always have the tape there both to help guide and if the ruler is missing in action.
The linky party below is for this month! I’m hoping for some great tips and tutorials. Your tutorial doesn’t have to be new, but I love seeing them, so lets keep the queen happy (see yesterday’s blog)
Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block
QuiltCon (I promise soon!!)
Spring Fling (cancelled)
Awesome Ocean Top 3/29