I love the method you show for turn of cloth. I've always tried to do this by shaving off a tiny sliver from the edge of the piece, which was so fiddly and tedious that I frequently just didn't bother. This method feels much more intuitive and I can't wait to try it out.
I really like when articles promote not just techniques but a whole attitude to the process, and this approach of slowing down and striving for excellence is really inspiring.
What a wonderful article - instantly one of my favourites on the whole site :) Thank you, Ruth!
Thank you for your lovely comment. Good luck with your future turn of the cloth projects ☺
Tips for Neatness
So helpful, and best of all, your photos/drawings/samples are wonderfully clear for those of us who are rather dunces in understanding sewing terminology ... the only thing I could have asked for a little more direction on was the various machine feet, and I suppose that's a whole essay of its own... But thank you so much for this basic education; beautifully done!
P.s. on Tips for Neatness
Just a quick note: because of your article, I was inspired to go online to look for the pleating/ruffling foot for my machine - a Bernina - and found a wealth of "free tutorials", videos showing how to actually use these feet. Thank you again - you've dropped the stone in the pond, and the ripples are already spreading to wipe out sewing ignorance!
You are totally right, I would have liked to go into more detail on the feet (I'm a big sewing gadget fan, always on the lookout for new feet). I'm glad this introduced some new ones too you.
Paper under corners/tricky bits:
At last - a use for pattern paper remnants! News print/phone book paper also works wonderfully.