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Inset Corners with Bias Seams | Video

Sewing inset corners is always a challenge. It’s even more difficult to achieve a satisfactory result when you’re working with seams on the bias grain and with delicate or unstable fabrics. This is a task you’ll confront if you’re making a garment with a basque waistline—a bodice with a V-shaped point at the center front.

Threads Contributing Editor Susan Khalje specializes in bridal sewing, and has constructed many of these bodices through the course of her career. In this video, she demonstrates her method for stabilizing the seamlines, clipping, pinning, and joining the garment sections in a seam that comes to a sharp and pucker-free point.

Threads Insiders can find alternative methods for sewing inset corners, in “Sewing Inset Corners,” a video with Kenneth D. King, and “Inset Corners Simplified,” with Louise Cutting.


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  1. user-7078403 | | #1

    Susan, that was a wonderful visual of sewing corners. Easily understood and simply stated. thanks for the methods. Barbara.

  2. user-5044259 | | #2

    What a great example! There is no doubt I will use this method in the future! Thanks so much.


  3. SandiMacD52 | | #3

    I recently started my Insider subscription and what a pleasant surprise to find this link in today's email. I have taken one of Susan's classes and greatly appreciate her teaching style. I learned quite a bit in this one, how closely to clip, how to use pins for greater control and how to press it for different uses.
    Many thanks.

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