Hexalong, Point-to-Point Hand Sewing, Lesson #3

July 19, 2011 § 6 Comments

Now we are going to sew our pieces together!

These photo laden lessons are working for me, so let’s try that again.

Remember all those lines I had you mark in the last lesson?  Well, the intersections where the sewing lines cross are your “points” in the point-to-point sewing.

Position two of your templates, right sides together.

Insert your needle smack dab in the middle of the intersection of the two sewing lines:  “the point”.

Be sure the needle also passes through “the point” of the second piece of fabric.  Turn it over to check and make any necessary adjustments.  The key to success in this type of sewing is accuracy … so go check!

Once your needle is through both points, leave it there to stabilize that side.

It’s a little tough to see here, but I nailed it!

Now, you’re going to pin the second point.  Insert your pin exactly through the intersection in both the top and bottom pieces and pin in place.  Again … be sure you check both sides!

Now you’re going to start stitching.  Start off in the intersection and take one tiny stitch.  Pull the thread all the way through.

If you look very closely, you’ll see I’m creating a “back stitch” here.

You do the same thing.  Make a stitch in exactly the same spot as your first.  It will secure your stitches.

Now you just go stitching along until you fill up a needle full of stitches and pull the thread all the way through.

After every needle full of stitches, or every 8 to 10 of them, make another back stitch to secure your stitches.

Stitch right on over to the other side and come up smack in the middle of the cross hairs – check on both sides, remember?  Pull the thread all the way through.

Make a back stitch … I’d make a couple of them.   And you’re done!  That’s point-to-point sewing.

Turn it over and admire your lovely stitching!

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§ 6 Responses to Hexalong, Point-to-Point Hand Sewing, Lesson #3

  • Jan says:

    Thanks for sharing this method. I’ve only done EPP before. If I ever get around to getting some freezer paper I may give this a go!

  • t. anne says:

    Hi Gayle, Nice tutorial!
    A question about the seams: Do you press them open or to the side, and do you press each seam as you sew, or do you press after the hexagon is complete? I sewed my first hexagon with the point to point method last night. I made a “tumbling block” hexagon using the freezer paper method you describe here. Turned out really nice and the seams seemed to go to the side fairly naturally. This is going to be a great take-a-long project for all the driving we’re about to do for summer vacations. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Thanks, t.anne, I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful. From what I have gathered in my short time doing hand piecing, the seams are pressed only after completing the entire block. And I do press them to the side, as a general rule. A tumbling block would have fairly well-behaved seams. You can probably “swirl” them around and have each one pressed in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. As the blocks become more complex, the pressing gets a little more puzzling, but you can generally figure out which way they want to go with a little fiddling around.

  • [...] I’m going to start by connecting the fish block to the hydrangea block on the bottom.  So, I’ve lined them up right sides facing and will pin through the cross-hairs at the start and finish of my sewing line as in Lesson #3. [...]

  • Dan says:

    The seams are so clean. I’m going to have to give this a try.

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