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06-08-2013 07:24 PM
DanTwoLakes How do you topstitch a small curve? The same way you topstitch a straight line, only you follow the curve. I aim the middle of the left side of my welt foot on the seam to get a stitch line slightly less than 1/4" away from the seam. If you have to use the hand wheel on the sewing machine and do one stitch at a time, as long as it gets done right it doesn't matter how you do it. The only way you can get in trouble is on a sharp 90 degree turn, those are hard to do and get them to look good.
06-08-2013 05:06 PM
slodat Resurrecting this old thread. How do you topstitch the two different styles of corners like in post #3 above?

I know I have done this before but it is seriously puzzling me right now.

The specific application is a slightly rounded corner with 6" wide boxing. I'd like the topstitch down onto the boxing. I can't get a decent corner today.

Thanks!!
09-24-2007 05:59 PM
DanTwoLakes Also yards and yards of extra vinyl material to work with! Much easier to understand if you can see what I'm talking about. Now if I could just take better quality pictures!
09-24-2007 05:44 PM
cboy
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Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
Dan ! You are a big help to us little guy's starting out thanks man!!!!
And "pictures are worth a thousand words". It would have taken a book to try to describe those four pics Dan first posted. But for me it clarified the problem/solution immediately. And all done in a blink of an eye with the combination of digital cameras, the internet, and Dan's superknowledge.
09-24-2007 02:21 PM
DanTwoLakes
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Originally Posted by benchracer1
thanx Dan. Very much like the last one.Im sewing on vynil. Looks like cutting reliefs is where I have gone wrong. Perhaps I could cut the material a little large and then trim the selvage.
I use 1/2" seam allowances. Then after I topstitch, I trim off any excess.

Is it anything like these pictures?
(sorry about the picture quality)
09-24-2007 01:49 PM
302 Z28
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Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
Dan ! You are a big help to us little guy's starting out thanks man!!!!
I second that .

Vince
09-24-2007 12:56 PM
NEW INTERIORS Dan ! You are a big help to us little guy's starting out thanks man!!!!
09-24-2007 12:51 PM
benchracer1 thanx Dan. Very much like the last one.Im sewing on vynil. Looks like cutting reliefs is where I have gone wrong. Perhaps I could cut the material a little large and then trim the selvage. I have a camera but dont know how to upload photos
09-24-2007 12:18 PM
DanTwoLakes You need to tell me what kind if fabric you're sewing, but it should not be necessary to pin the fabric to sew it. Do you have a digital camera to take a picture? Is this a sharp 90 degree turn? If so, you need to lift the foot with the needle down through the two pieces of fabric, cut a relief cut, turn the fabric 90 degrees and continue sewing. Do these first 3 pictures help, or is it more like the last picture? To sew the corner like in the last picture, you don't need to lift the foot. If it's just slightly round you may need to lift the foot and turn it slightly after every stitch, or every couple stitches. Hope this helps.
09-24-2007 11:12 AM
benchracer1 Also when pinning a piece do you pin on the seam line and remove as you go or off to the side and remove after completion?
09-24-2007 11:06 AM
benchracer1
90 degree corner

I was doing what I thought looked like an easy project. I was simply making a cover for an armrest. Sewing on the inside of a 90 degree outside corner is very challenging, Should I be using some pins to keep it aligned? the biggest problem seems to be getting the material bunched up under the foot. It is a relatively tight 90, May be a 1/4 radius

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