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How to Make an Easy-to-Sew Circle

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I find a shallow, round object that is about 1⁄2 inch smaller in diameter than the circle I want to sew. Depending on size, the top of a vitamin bottle often fits the bill, as do flat-topped lids or mint tins. I cut a circular piece of fine sandpaper to fit the tin and attach it with double-sided tape.

I then position my fabric with the needle on the circumference where I want to start sewing. I lower the presser foot, hold the tin (sandpaper-side down) against the outer edge of my presser foot, and start sewing. The tin acts as a template, the sandpaper holds the tin to my fabric and causes it to rotate as I sew a very nice circle. I sew slowly and stop with the needle down and lift the presser foot to ease the fabric if it begins to pucker. I've even achieved excellent results using a decorative stitch.

-Judith Long, Cranberry Township, Pa.


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Comments (3)

Januk writes: Thank you so much for sharing and all your handy hints and tips
Posted: 4:34 pm on August 1st
cookiecrum9 writes: awesome. love this post....can't wait to try this ....thank you...hugs cookiecrum9

Posted: 9:08 pm on June 5th
Murmur1 writes: Thanks! You are a genius!
Posted: 12:06 pm on January 10th
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