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Video: Conquering Inset Corners

Gary Junken

with Shirley Smith

Seamlines that incorporate sharp inside corners are cropping up in more and more patterns these days, including most designs with gussets, all shawl collars and some full-roll collars, and many designs with insets of one sort or another, such as bands. In this video, sewing teacher Shirley Smith demonstrates her technique for creating a crisp, 90-degree corner, but the process works for corners of any angle. The only out-of-the-ordinary supply you’ll need is a scrap of Swiss cotton organdy.

For more more on Shirley’s technique and sources for organdy, see her article “Conquering Inset Corners” in the June/July 2002 issue of Threads (#101).


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  1. AAC | | #1

    Lovely job, if you follow the directions you will be able to do it too. This was a very good, concise video, she always give a informative, easy to understand presentation. I have one of her videos from several years ago. Thanks Shirley

  2. andypandylovestodraw | | #2

    Thank you I am making dress with insert corners that has been driving me crazy.. I will have another try with confidence.

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    Scheri | | #3

    Thank you for a wonderful video

  4. user-1137009 | | #4

    I spent a whole day trying to find a resource to show me how to do this, and I eventually gave up on the pattern. You should change the name of this video to "how to sew a reinforced corner" since that is what the pattern said and I couldn't find help anywhere. Seeing this, I now get it. Thank you!

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    Duckett4106 | | #5

    Great video! Love the short snippets!

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