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22 October 2009 @ 05:12 am
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have another tutorial...

made this quickly for yavarice' use, since long-distance sewing help is quite difficult without pictures...figured it might come in handy for some other people, maybe. the picture/sewing quality isn't the best, so maybe I'll make better photo examples later or something.

it's probably best if you know how to do straight bias tape and outer corners first, since it's easier. I did a brief overview of it here, so familiarize yourself with that first if you haven't had any experience with it yet.

bias tape-kun first meets inner corner-chan.

similar to the process for applying bias tape to an outer corner, the first step is to line your strip up and sew to the point of the corner.

fold your tape over on the other side to overlap the first length, and again stitch to the point.

just to clarify the stitching again, here's the back.

the next step is to clip to the point.

just the fabric layer, no need to notch into the bias tape.

the next part is the trickiest step that I had the most trouble with (and developed amnesia about for six months...=___=;). it's hard to explain which way you fold it via text, so I took a lot of pictures to try to help make it as clear as possible.

take both of your bias tape edges and put them together, so that the length of the tape is running in a straight line.

it should look more or less the same on both sides.

here's a picture from the bottom to help further illustrate how it's folded. the seam allowances should all be facing away from the strip of bias tape.

from the side...

from the top...

next, take a ruler and extend the line from your fabric on down as if it continued through your bias tape. (this is the lightly penned diagonal line) then draw the angles like you would for an outer corner, but in this formation. the folds in the bias tape are making it try to close back in on itself in the picture (and resultingly skewing the proportions a bit), but all the lines should be a straight shot from point to point.

you'll be stitching from dot to dot.

okay, stitched. note: you might want to use a smaller stitch than I did here, it'll hold the corner together better/make it easier to stitch it precisely.

now clip away the excess fabric.

flip your newly mitered corner to the inside, using a point turner to push the fabric outwards to form a crisp point. trim away the excess fabric as needed from the seam allowances along the length of the bias tape approaching the point intersection.

it'll look like this on the back. secure it with slipstitching (optimally), or your preferred choice of bias tape finishing as detailed in the previous tutorial.

and it'll look like this on the front.

congrats, you now have an awesome corner.
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Lyn: ishidarose_of_pain on October 22nd, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Whoo, I had been actually thinking of asking you if you could add inner corners to your tutorial and now you have. Awesome. ^^ My other question would be, following this method, what do you do when you reach the end? Do you fold over it a certain way? And how you end when you have a piece that's kinda continious (doesn't end at an edge/corner, one piece that goes all the way around since when you try to connect the ends via the way you add two strips together, it just gets twisted, so I've always wondered if there's a cleaner way to do it than what I do, lol)

Granted I'm usually too lazy to even do this method half the time, lol 'cause it takes forever to slipstitch and I hate doing stitch-in-the-ditch on it as I can't stand having stitches in the reverse color on the back. But I have tried to get myself to do this one sometimes. XD I did it on my Cloud belt at least!
メラ~女薇~: Peek-a-boostarlitrose on October 22nd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I hate doing stitch-in-the-ditch on it as I can't stand having stitches in the reverse color on the back.

It's been a while since I did this, and I've only done it once, but if you use one thread color for the spool and the other thread color for the bobbin, you can get the stitching to match for each side. I forget which is which though. xD But I used this for when I "lined" my shinigami top. :3
ryuuraigeki: distance betweenryuuraigeki on October 23rd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
hmmm, do you mean things like this? if it's like the strip on the top collar, I'll sew across the tape on the inside before flipping it right side out (and at that point the only step left is slipstitching it closed).

if there's a piece that's continuous (like under the armhole), I'll usually sew it until it's almost meeting the edge of the tape where I started, and then hold both pieces together and sew a straight | seam across (like the diagonal bias tape join, just horizontal) that matches up with the nearby seamline of the rest of the fabric (in this case, the side seam ending in the armhole). does that make sense? I guess I can photograph the process sometimes later...

and seconding mel with the top thread/bobbin color difference...just make your top thread the color of the fabric on top, and put a bobbin in that matches the color of your fabric on the bottom. as long as your tension settings are in a happy place it should work fairly well.