Nailing a Corner

I am constantly seeking something unusual for my bridal shop.  I enjoy bringing something really unique for selling to brides who appreciate beautiful things that I can product without fail over and over again.

The first thing that has to be absolute is that the design is well digitized. 

I did my discovery sew without a single problem on this.  I was so delighted with the placement and precise layout.  I did my sample on a hankie but it would be excellent for napkins!

 First, the instructions say to start with an adhesive stabilizer ready for the project.  I prefer Ann's Water Soluble Adhesive Stabilizer for several reasons.  First, it is very reasonably priced, second, it performs two jobs and it has never gummed up my needles. 



The first line is the placement line, just as you would do if you were doing an applique.


Place the hankie, napkin or other corner object on that line.


Sew out the first stitching of the design.


I was concerned about the edge being in the right place and this one is right on target.


Trim away the fabric as close to the stitching as possible without cutting the stitching.


Place the next stitching and again, I am checking the line up of the edging.  What a great match!


The last selection of stitches is placed.  In this case, it included a fleur de lis, satin stitches and some lovely Candlewick style stitching.


Here is my sample.  I love this design and feel it will be well appreciated by brides everywhere.


This  design/photo is courtesy of 

Thank you for joining me to share this lovely item! 

Comments (18) -

This is beautiful...thanks for sharing, Kimberly

You make it seem so easy that I will try it.  Your designs are beautiful.  What talent!  I envy it.


These are not my designs, I truly wish I had such talent! But I was so delighted with this exact positioning.

I seek out the best and most innovative designers to present to you.  

All my blogs are about my experiences and I truly love doing the blogs.  I have even discussed my failures in my blogs.  That is what sharing information is all about.  Discuss the good, the bad and the ugly to get to the project for which you are the most proud.

Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them SO MUCH!


I love your idea.  Where can I get that design you used?

thecomputerist 5/14/2011 9:43:14 PM

If you look at the last photo, you can see the name:  

That is the place to get the design.


fabricmaniac 5/15/2011 12:29:56 AM

How do you remove the sticky from the back of embroidery, I tried washing and it doesnt' work.  

Do I have to tear it off  bit by bit ?  

thecomputerist 5/15/2011 1:49:52 PM

(for some reason I cannot sign in as The Avid Embroiderer, but have signed in as The Computerist)

Fabricmaniac - You need to be sure you are using adhesive wash away.  I really love the one here at Ann's (link is in the blog).  I have used another one without success so I recommend that you find what works for you and keep with it.  

One of the things about stabilizers is that I find I may not have good results and someone else swears by a certain brand.  The opposite is also possible.  I believe there are some things that may effect stabilizers like this:  the amount of hummidity in your area (I live in a low humidity place), the age of the stabilizer (if you have some really old stuff, it could have degenerated) or the length of time you leave it in the water. (Other things can be at issue as well.)

If you did not have it wash away, it was probably a tear away.  If you are sure it was wash away, you may want to consult where you bought it.


Thanks for the tip how to nail that corner. Will definitely try it on a hanky.


What a BEAUTIFUL gift!  I've never used sticky stabilizer

before and I am looking foreward to trying it.    Joanne        

Thanks for all the comments, you cannot know just how much they mean to me!

I do want to reiterate that you need to be sure you are using an adhesive wash away.  The best of the best is the link in the 4th paragraph above.  I had trouble with the other brand I found.

Of course, you may not have any problems with your stabilizer.  I hope you don't.  I know you won't with Ann's Water Soluble Adhesive Stabilizer.">


These are beautiful. I can see this design on a set of napkins. Use either an initial or some dainty decoration that would go with the persons decor. Wonderful.

susiesembroidery 5/18/2011 2:08:30 PM

Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I know that we are all trying our best to have superiour results. I found that a spray-on glue works very well for me in applique. That might be worth trying. I live in Durban, S.A. and it is very humid as I live on the sea. Maybe you could try this. I hope that it will help. Thankyou to Ann, the Gran, for the lovely designs and tips. I hope you will be very blessed. Love, Susie.

Thank you cme and Susiesembroidery!

Frankly Susie I have more than my share of blessings and I appreciate each little thing that comes my way.

Thanks again to every one of you!


tammyfincher 5/25/2011 1:54:59 PM

I have just recently started doing the machine embroidery and have really been enjoying it, trying new techniques, etc. that will work best for me. I TOTALLY love this design and hope to try my hand at it. Wish me luck !!  Thanks for sharing it..

jeanguarino 9/24/2011 11:58:20 AM

Thank you for posting this little tutorial. It really never occured to me to use the basting line to line up the corner. I usually stitch a sample to use as a template and mark the item to line up with my hoop. I used the zigzag satin stitch afterwards to fix any oops. I like your idea better and am looking forward to trying it. Many thanks, Jean

flaglerbeach32136 8/3/2013 7:09:03 AM

Pat thanks for positing this blog.  I get so much from your blogs.  Have been wanting to tackle a corner cutout.  Now that I am retired, and have just yesterday had gall bladder surgery, I can get busy in my sewing room.  

Have stitched out many of Sonia's designs and don't think there are many out there as good as hers!   Also may want to look at Sue Box Designs,

Friends - I was just reviewing some of my old Blogs, and this one stands the test of time.  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

You can use any design you want as long as it has a 'firm' edge. That is, it needs to have a satin stitch for the part that will be trimmed.

Make a 'baste' line for the placement of the square point of the item.

Be sure you are using an adhesive stabilizer (or adhesive spray) to attached your item. It may already have a stitched edge making your addition even quicker.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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