Making mitered corners is a skill that all sewists should learn to do on their sewing machines. Unfortunately, many avoid projects that involve this technique since it can seem more complicated than it actually is. The good news is that making mitered corners with your Juki HZL-DX7 or other Juki sewing machines is easy. Follow the simple instructions below and sew perfect mitered corners in a flash.
What Is A Mitered Corner?
A mitered corner is a style of angled corner sewn into some projects. Using this method, each fabric side meets at 90-degree angles, allowing the sewn corners to pop out without any excess fabric bunching up in the corner.
This technique is commonly used to make tote bags and other items that require a flat, wide bottom. When done correctly, mitered corners look like a very advanced technique - yet they are actually quite easy to do.
How To Make Quick And Easy Mitered Corners
Making mitered corners using Juki sewing machines is a basic skill that even beginner sewists can learn. To make them and give your projects a professionally finished look, use the step-by-step method that follows:
- Sew Fabric Together - Start out by sewing your project fabric together with the right sides facing. Stitch the sides and bottom together to make two corners, one on either end of your project.
- Pinch the Corner - Pinch open a corner to make a triangle with the stitched seam positioned in the middle. Lay your project flat and align the side seam on top with the bottom seam lying below it. Align the two seams on top of each other. Flatten the corner triangle to be even on both sides.
- Mark and Stitch the Corner - At this point, it is important to know that the width of your finished corner depends on how far from the point you make a mark. Using a clear quilting ruler, draw a line across the pinched corner as far as is needed for the correct width of the bottom. Make a line across the pinched corner. Straight stitch over it with your Juki HZL-DX7. Add a second line of stitching for strength inside of the original stitching toward the corner.
- Trim and Open the Corner - After you have made two lines of stitches perpendicular to the side seam, trim the corner. Trim the excess fabric close to the seam and flatten the triangle. Once the tip has been cut off, turn the project right side out and push open the corner. With the seams to the inside, your corner should pop out into a wide mitered corner that is the width of the bottom of article being sewn.
The biggest challenge when making mitered corners on sewing machines is using the desired width to determine how far up to make your perpendicular stitches. With a little bit of practice, you can incorporate mitered corners into many projects created on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX7. Your items will look professionally made and only you will know how easy those mitered corners were to make!