X Marks the Spot, Sewing-Style

April 27th, 2012 at 9:52 pm . Posted in Sewing Machine Talk .

X = X Marks the Spot

I’ve found that for most sewing projects, I’ve needed to stop a seam at a corner, rotate the fabric, and then continue on from there. But how do I know exactly where I should stop the seam, needle still down, to turn the fabric? I learned a handy trick for that!

I take my tape measure, figure in seam allowance from each side, and mark the spot with a pin. When I get there with the needle while sewing, I just stop there, take the pin out, and rotate away. It’s that simple — X marks the spot, sewing-style!

(Please note that I don’t actually put the pins going both ways like this — that could very well break my needle! This picture was more to capture the X visual for the A to Z Challenge.)

So, do you do something like this when you’re sewing, or do you just eyeball where to stop a seam?

2 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Katherine
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    As i’m still getting used to my sewing machine, my “sewing tricks” are praying, cursing, and accepting imperfection. Hopefully soon i’ll be up to these standards!


    • Kelly
      Apr 30, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      I’m sure you’re find some great tricks soon!


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