Ever have difficulty getting points just right? It seems like rounded corners are all too prevalent in home sewing. Using a point turner can change that. It’s a very handy and inexpensive tool. You can find it at your local sewing store or online and I bet you’ll pay less than $2 for it. It comes in plastic and bamboo. There are a couple of different shapes, but what’s most important is that the tool have a sharp point and a flat side with no curves. Bone folders are used in bookmaking and are very similar in shape to point turners but they shouldn’t be used as a substitute as they don’t have that sharp point with a flat side.
Follow this tutorial to make your corners sharp and professional. As with any new technique, try practicing it a few times before trying it out on your final garment. Here we used a bamboo point turner. This particular type can be used as a pressing tool and even helps push out curved seams due to the opposite curved end. Many plastic turners also have this feature but you must use caution near an iron as the plastic may melt.
A Corner of Fabric
1. Cut away the seam allowance to 1/4″.
2. Trim, in this instance you are grading, the seam close to the corner. Be sure not to cut the thread!
3. Hold the fabric in your hand. This picture demonstrates where your thumb will be when it’s inside the fabric.
4. With your thumb inside the fabric, push against the corner. Place the point turner in your hand. Think of it as a new forefinger. Push the flat edge of the turner against the seam, with the turner point and fabric point touching. The fabric is held tightly between the side of the point turner and your finger.
5. Keep your finger and turner holding tight as you pull the fabric over the turner.
6. If the corner isn’t quite as pointy as you want it, put the turner inside the fabric. Push against the seam gently like the above photo shows (except the turner will be inside). The turner point will gently push the fabric point out. Do not push the turner into the point! This often causes holes in the fabric because the turner is quite sharp.