Circles may not be so common in sewing projects; however, they can be fun to work with when making totes, quilts, and other unique items with sewing machines. Yet circles are definitely challenging, especially when working without a pattern. The good news is that there is an easy way to draw your own circle template to use with your fabric. Try the method below to get perfect circles when creating projects on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL DX7.
The Anatomy of A Circle
Before you can practice the simple circle-making technique that follows, you must first understand the different parts of a circle. This ensures that the circle you make is precise and the projects you make with them using sewing machines look their best.
The circumference is the length of the entire distance around the outside of the circle. The diameter is the length across a circle from edge to edge, passing through the center point. The radius is the length from the center point to the circumference. The radius is half the length of the diameter.
Making A Circle Template
To make a circle template that you can use as a pattern for projects sewn with your Juki HZL DX7 or other Juki sewing machines, you need to draw out a perfect circle. Make your template using either of the following simple methods:
- Compass Method - Using a pin, pencil, and some string, make your own compass to draw a perfect circle on a sheet of pattern paper, graph paper, or other lightweight paper that is at least an inch larger than the desired circle size. Tie the string to the pencil and place the point 1/2 inch from the edge of the paper and in the center of the length. Extend the string toward the center of the paper, stopping at the length of the radius of your desired circle. Secure the string to the paper with the pin to mark the center point. Holding the pin in place, carefully draw a complete circle with the pencil extended at the end of the string. You should have a perfectly round circle just as you would draw using a mechanical compass.
- Quarter Circle Method - Using a perfectly square sheet of paper larger than the resulting circle you want, fold the paper in half and then into quarters. For this technique to work, be sure that your square is actually square, so measure it ahead of time. Once quartered, position a clear ruler in the center of the folded corner of the paper and across to the diagonal corner. Mark the paper with a dot at the length of your radius. Then, slide the top end of the ruler a little bit, keeping the bottom of the ruler in place, and mark again. Continue rotating the top of the ruler to make a few marks on both sides of the original mark until you create a curve. Then cut along the curve and unfold to reveal a precise circle.
Don’t Forget to Add for Seam Allowances
Before cutting out the circle from your fabric, you must also consider seam allowances according to how the circle will be sewn into the project. Your seam allowance must be added in addition to the circle you drew with your pattern.
This should be done by either cutting the fabric larger than your template by the amount of your required allowance or by making the template itself larger to include the allowance. In either case, you will have enough fabric to properly stitch your circle when using Juki sewing machines.
Regardless of which method you use to make your template, careful measuring is essential. Fortunately, checking the circle radius all the way around the template before cutting any fabric or stitching with sewing machines is easy to do.
As long as the template is perfectly round and you account for the seam allowance, there should be few problems making circles with your Juki HZL DX7!