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8.
Trim the top edge of the design to ¼ inch, clipping corners as needed. Do not clip too closely to the edge. You need this as a seam allowance in a later step.
9.
Turn the design right side out. Use a point turner on the points if needed to keep them sharp.
10.
Press the design flat using a dry iron. If you need to clip an area or push the points out further, do so now and re-press it.
11.
Spray the edge lightly with spray starch. Do not over saturate the fabric with the starch.
12.
Press the design until it is completely dry.
13.
Repeat steps 12 and 13 twice more.
14.
Gently pull the design open. If it doesn’t pull apart easily repeat steps 12 and 13 again. You now have a full piece that has perfectly tucked under seam allowances.
15.
Lay the item to be hemmed on your work surface wrong side up.
16.
Lay the design onto your item wrong side up and pin the bottom of the pieces together. Yes, this is both pieces wrong side up. This is very important.
17.
Stitch the design on the bottom of the hem.
18.
Clip the seam as needed, especially at the points.
19.
Turn and press the piece. You will now have both right sides up.
20.
Pin the hem in place.
21.
Stitch down the hem top using a pin stitch (W=2.0, L=3.0) with the “teeth” biting into the colored fabric and the straight part of the stitch running along the edge of the hem. Alternatively you can use a small zigzag to hold down the hem and follow up with a reinforced straight stitch along the edge of the design. Use white thread and the size 120 needle. This needle gives you a more delicate stitch than a wing needle, but you can use a wing needle if you prefer. Use stabilizer under your fabric in this step.
22.
Draw two lines 2 inches above the chevrons and 1 inch apart (see cover photo).
23.
Using gimp cording, sew a satin stitch (L=.06,W=2.0) over the cording being careful not to stitch on the cord.
24.
At the curves, stop on the outside of the curve to pivot.
25.
Add a row of decorative stitches between the gimp work.
26.
Hem the other three sides.