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Pojagi by machine tutorial

Here is the post that I have been meaning to make for many months – the tutorial for pojagi by machine.  Pojagi is Korean patchwork that is traditionally done by hand with silk.  Since Korean silk and hand-sewing time are both limited resources for me, I developed a method done by machine.  Since this technique is reversible, fabric cannot have a “right side” and a “wrong side.”  Batiks are a beautiful option that are widely available in North America, so that is what I used for the tutorial.

Contrasting thread is shown in the sample, and in pojagi, contrasting thread is normally used.  The stitching is part of the design and is meant to be seen, not hidden.  It is quite common to use a high contrast colour.

Lay the two pieces next to each other, as they will be in the finished project.  Then slide one over so that they slightly overlap (about 1/8 – 3/16″).  It doesn’t matter which one is on top.  With a long machine stitch, baste the two pieces together.  With small pieces, you probably will not have to use pins, but if the pieces are larger, pins will help stop them from shifting.  After the basting, they should still lay flat, or the finished piece will not be flat.

After basting, fold the bottom piece over the top piece and then press.

Here is the piece pressed and ready to go.  The fold-over at the top is just under 1/4″.

Next, sew with a regular stitch length just past the edge of the folded-over fabric.  The seam allowance will be just over 1/4″.  Usually the edge of the presser foot is a good guide.

Press the light side over.  The seam allowance is there, but it is still loose.  Stitch along the edge of the seam to keep it down.

Here is the finished piece.  On one side, you see two stitching lines.

On the other side, you only see one stitching line, but the seam is finished on both sides.  All the raw edges are tucked away inside.









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