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The Easiest Mitering Technique

Use this expert method to finish corners of garment hems and home décor items

May 10, 2019
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In the early 1980s, I had the good fortune of working in a couple of menswear shops doing alterations. One sold made-to-measure custom suits (made in Hong Kong), the other sold off-the-rack suits and sportswear. We had to be able to work well and quickly to meet deadlines. At that time, I’d learned to shorten suit jacket sleeves in about 30 minutes from start to finish. That included removing buttons, releasing the lining, shortening the sleeves, replacing the miter, and resewing the buttons and lining. Lengthening a sleeve took a bit longer. Either way, the sleeves had to be restored to the exact finished look they had from the factory.

That’s where I learned this mitering technique. As you will see, this method works, whether or not the vent and hem widths are equal.

1. Establish the vertical and horizontal hem widths, and mark them with chalk. If your…

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  1. User avater Silvercurls May 14th

    Thanks for all the details. That was very helpful!

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