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Machine Minute - Picture Perfect Pillow Corners

Create picture perfect pillow corners when you follow these simple tips.

Hi, I'm Jennifer and here with another Machine Minute brought
to you by Baby Lock and the Symphony machine. Sewing
home dec is a great way to fall in love
with fabrics and have fun decorating your home. But sometimes
when you make pillows, do you find that you get
these rabbit ears at the top corners? Little pointy ends
that you wish you could tuck in or make a
little smoother and more straight across, and why is that
even when you're sewing straight? Well it has to do
with when you stuff your pillow it makes these rabbit
ears pop up. I can show you a trick for
getting rid of those rabbit ears. Now, when you're sewing
your pillows, chances are you're using either a 1/4" or
1/2" seam allowance and I've just drawn one with a
1/4" seam allowance here. But you're using that seam allowance,
sewing to a point at the corner where you're seam
allowance is equal, so here I pivoted at a 1/4"
and then draw stitching lines for another 1/4" seam along
this side. That's perfectly square, but this is what's causing
that rabbit ear to happen. I'll show you another way
to pivot at the corners. What I do is put
a dot at 3/8 inch. I'm using a 1/4" seam
allowance. It's just in about an 1/8" of where I
was on that opposite corner. Then I draw two diagonal
stitches. I know it seems counter intuitive that you're going
to cut the point off and still end up with
a perfect point on your pillow, but trust me it
works once you turn it right side out. So, from
that point then at each side of my pillow I
draw a little line with a fabric marker that's at
the quarter inch seam allowance if that's what I'm using.
And then I taper in to that diagonal line. I'll
show you how that works. If this was just my
pillow top that I was going to be stitching on,
I've drawn my dot here using my acrylic ruler, and
I would use a fabric marking pen. So I've placed
that dot exactly where I want my pivot point to
be. Then I'll just put two diagonal stitches on either
side of that dot. I've already got my quarter inch
seam allowance at each midpoint, so I'm simply going to
rotate the fabric and use my ruler and they'll be
a little bit of an angle and I'll just draw
what will become my seam line and also right on
that line. And I'll do the same thing on this
side. And that way when I sit down to sew,
I've got that corner where you can see it tapers
in ever so slightly. Those two diagonal stitches and a
slight taper will make sure your pillow corners are rabbit
ears-free, and you have perfect corners every time.


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