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Plan and Sew Precise Mitered Corners

Plan the technique in paper first

Threads, Issue #210, August/September
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Nothing elevates the finish of a garment like a beautifully mitered corner. Show off your next-level sewing and attention to detail by adding a perfectly sewn miter to garments at hem edges and vent corners, or finish cocktail or dinner napkin corners precisely. Mitered corners can be of any angle, and the hem allowances can be whatever width you prefer, from narrow to several inches wide. A miter is also a great method for reducing bulk. Without a miter, a double-fold hem has nine layers of fabric to stitch through at the corner. With a miter, that number drops to four. Properly engineering a mitered corner at the pattern stage makes the sewing easier and neater.

An easy way to plan perfect miters is to mock up the pattern shape and seam location and angle on graph paper. Accuracy is paramount when drawing the lines, to make sure you achieve…

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