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Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

Judith Neukam; Shot by: Evamarie Gomez

There are all sorts of corners: 90-degree, 45-degree, and less-or more. You see them on collars all the time. Watch this Threads Essential Technique video to learn how to sew professional-looking collar points. For sharp corners, drive to a point and pivot.

For a well-sewn outside corner, such as a collar point, add an extra step. Stop sewing the seamline a stitch or two before you reach the end point. With the needle down, pivot across the point, take two or three stitches, and pivot again to follow the opposite seam.

All corners benefit from a shorter stitch length (1⁄4 inch before and after the point). These smaller stitches support the fabric when the corner is trimmed or clipped.

Previous: Video: Turn a Sharp Corner Next: Techniques for Getting to the Point—the Collar Point and Corner


  1. bethatply | | #1

    What a good tip ... thank you.

  2. kne5017894 | | #2

    tried to view 4 times and each time it stops @ 19 sec. or so and won't re-buffer. Anyone else have this issue?

  3. dreamie | | #3

    Definitely will try it. The result looked really good.

  4. user-2996887 | | #4

    I can never watch any of these videos even though I am a magazine subscriber and am logged in. There is no video, it only shows the comments.
    My PC is totally up to date.
    At the top you see the name of the video, "PinIt" and "Add Comment" and then the comments. No link to video.

  5. Paula_Beron5 | | #5

    I love this tip, my mother tought it for me, many years ago. the difference is the minimising the sitches before pivoting.

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    user-2529924 | | #6

    Thank You Very Much for this Tip. I was just sewing a peter pan collar before watching this video and the points came out awful. Now I will go back and try again I'm sure they will come out great

  7. Pepita1 | | #7

    Super!!! Thank you for this great tip!!!!

  8. XIII | | #8

    Wow... great tip, somewhat counter-intuitive, I never would have thought of it. Thanks so much.

  9. twobees | | #9

    Good tip; I already do this with decreasing the stitch length as I approach the collar point but didn't know that avoiding sewing right to the point gives a better result. I will definitely do this from now on as I sew lots of men's collared shirts.

  10. oopsgramma | | #10

    Great tip - I cant even guess at how many "rounded" collar points I have turned out over the years - no more for me !!!

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    CFields | | #11

    To user-2996887,
    You might have set you compute to block pop-up windows and this may be why you can't see the videos. Try adjusting your settings.

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    sewold | | #12

    It's funny how something you've done for years (and seems so routine) is something new to someone else. It just means we all need to share those little hints that make sewing easier.

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    AntheaGrace | | #13

    Racing to the sewing machine as I speak! Gotta try it.

  14. stsimon | | #14

    user-2996887 About video links: I've found that switching to a different browser often works when a video doesn't run. My computer system isn't the most up-to-date, and the video may be HTML3 or flash or something else in a new version that doesn't work with my system or my browser.

  15. user-895259 | | #15

    I also encountered difficulty viewing the instructional video. I opened Threads on You Tube and the videos are available there for viewing.

  16. Evamarie | | #16

    Dear user-2996887 and kne5017894: Unfortunately, I can't offer any detailed troubleshooting advice without knowing what web browser, version, and platform/device you're using. You may want to check your security settings as they may be preventing you from watching the video. Please let us know what browser and platform you're using so that we may be of assistance.

    Thank you!
    Evamarie Gomez
    Web Producer
    Threads Magazine

  17. WinnieMary | | #17

    This totally works!! I have been doing it for years but without reducing the stitch size as described here, the success was only marginable. Many thanks for the extra detail information.

  18. justwilli | | #18

    I am 88 yrs old and have been sewing all my life --it is my love, but i can always learn new ways to doing anything

    your tips are wonderful and I've learned a lot from you. thank you

  19. justwilli | | #19

    I am 88 yrs old and have been sewing all my life --it is my love, but i can always learn new ways to doing anything

    your tips are wonderful and I've learned a lot from you. thank you

  20. user-6923150 | | #20

    I remember learning this when I took a course I. The Bishop method of sewing which was very popular in late 60s early 70’s. Some of techniques I have read in Threads are the Bishop method.

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    studio110 | | #21

    What a great tip!!

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