Mitered corners are a great way to create professional looking results when sewing corners. Many times mitered corners are associated with quilts or other projects that are being finished with some kind of a binding. However, Stacy Grissom demonstrates how to create a mitered corner while doing a double fold hem around the edge of a project.
Double Fold Hem
When finishing an edge with a hem, there are many different types of hems to choose from. Different hemming or stitching techniques are often used based on the different types of fabric being sewn or the overall finished look that is desired. When it comes to home decor projects, simple garments or fun projects made from cotton or another easy to press fabric, a double fold hem is a great choice. In this video, Stacy shows how she is using a ½” double fold hem all along the edge of her project.
After Stacy has a double fold hem pressed in place, she demonstrates her technique for sewing corners with a mitered fold. Stacy unfolds and traces the two lines of her hem at the corners of her fabric roughly a few inches from each edge. The two traced lines from each side create a square in the corner, which she traces on both the right and wrong side of the fabric. She then shows how creating the mitered corner is as simple as trimming off the corner of the fabric and then refolding the double fold hem.
When sewing hems, whether you are sewing corners or simply sewing along one straight edge, there are several tools that can make it easier. One of those tools is a hem gauge. A hem gauge is a small ruler with a slide that can be set at any measurement up to seven inches. Once the slide is set, it is quick and easy to consistently measure an accurate hem along any edge. Another tool that Stacy uses, especially when sewing corners with a mitered fold, is basting tape. Basting tape holds the hem securely in place until you are ready to sew it and eliminates the need for pins.
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This is a neat method but I don’t understand why you didn’t turn your cutting board/ironing board around as you’re right handed. It looks so clumsy and a bit dangerous.
I love this technique. It is so versatile. You can make the folds wide or narrow depending on the look you want. Plus you you have the option to use the decorative stitches later.
I found this video enormously helpful. Thank you.
Isn’t it easier to sew the seam across the folds so you make sure you have the perfect miter every time instead of folding the corners in to meet up?
I found this helpful and can see how it will help me, especially when sewing with bulky fabric. My question involves the iron shown in the video. What was on the iron that caused it to raise and lower or is this specific to the type of iron being used?
The iron being used is the Oliso Smart Iron. The iron raises and lowers by the touch of your hand.
Why didn’t she go ahead and actually sew it so a beginner can see how it should look? Just sayin.
Great job! It looks easily done!
How did you iron and not burn yourself?
Hi Pam. When you are doing somewhat tedious pressing like this where your fingers are close to the iron, make sure you have the steam function turned off or set to very low. This will help eliminate the possibility of burning your fingers with steam. Also, if you find that you are having trouble holding the hem while pressing it, use a metal hem gauge to measure and then hold the fabric in place while you press. You can get the iron super close to the hem gauge, even touch it, and your fingers will be far enough out of the way.
Hope this helps!