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Topic: Total noob! Quick question about how to finish something.  (Read 586 times)
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« on: October 02, 2012 08:12:47 AM »

I just sewed something for the first time ever - with a machine anyway.


Sorry, the pic is terrible. I'll try to explain - and probably not using any correct terminology - as best as I can. Smiley

I folded and ironed the patterned part over the white cloth all the way around. I then sewed around the entire thing, going edge to edge - something I watched in a tutorial about perfect corners. I left a small space so I could pull it through to put it right side in.... and that's where I'm stuck. The edges look so nice, folded in, and you can't see the seam.. but then I had to sew on the outside.. leaving that ugly line. Is there a better way to do that? I'm pretty sure I saw other people in tutorials/videos doing it that way... but it looks terrible. Sad

Oh, and when you're done do you just clip off the hanging strings? I did the reverse thing, but is that enough?

Thank you for any help!
« Last Edit: October 02, 2012 08:34:43 AM by discord » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012 08:47:57 AM »

There is indeed a prettier finishing method! It's a hand stitch called ladder stitch. Iron the open edge with the seam folded inwards as if it were finished already. Stitch it closed using ladder stitch, putting your needle through the creases. Like anything else, it takes practice, but even done a bit messily, it will be practically invisible compared to stitching it closed by machine.


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