Editor’s Note: With the kids back-to-school, there’s more time to sew! From Sept. 6-15, we’ll be celebrating “back-to-school” season in a number of different ways — from ideas for sewing for children to inspiration for sewing for yourself!
On the last day of our Back-to-School blog series, we’d like to talk about the fabric at the heart of heirloom sewing: lace. Lace is always elegant and can be used in many beautiful ways – from lace shapes to fancy bands. One important technique anyone sewing with lace should know is how to miter lace points. Follow these steps from Sew Beautiful: Favorite Heirloom Sewing Designs to perfectly miter by machine:
Note: The stitch settings given are not absolutes. Different machines stitch out differently. Use the settings given as starting points, adjust up or down as needed and use what works best for you.
1. Pin lace along design line. When you come to a point or corner, place a pin at the tip of the corner or point. Fold lace back on itself (figure 1).
2. Flip lace back over to follow opposite direction of corner or point. Lace will naturally form a fold at the proper angle. Place a pin at the other side of the miter point (figure 2).
3. Once lace is stitched and fabric behind the lace is removed, go back to each miter and zigzag over the fold edge (L=1.5; W=2.0). Trim away triangular piece of lace behind miter (figure 3).
Save 50 percent on all laces and trims in our Back-to-School Sale ~ sale ends today (9/15)!