While remaking the Turquoise Tartan skirt, I found the stitching on the back inverted pleat had started coming undone slightly:
I thought I’d give one of those arrowhead tacks a go. I have to admit I haven’t done these very often and had to refer to my old Vogue Sewing book, and dig out the embroidery cottons:
You bring the thread out from underneath at the lower left point, then take a short stitch across the apex:
And take a long stitch across the bottom:
I changed to a double strand of embroidery cotton here, as it gave a more satiny effect. You keep taking stitches across the apex, and this stitch gets slightly wider as you move down from the point:
Pull the thread through, so it lies flat and the tension is even:
Then stitch across the base – this stitch gets narrower with each round:
And pull the thread through evenly…ok, it’s a bit tight here:
Next time I’d probably sew some guidelines for the triangle so it ends up a perfect shape – my triangle is kinda more Eiffel-tower-y!
Have you done any arrowhead tacks before – where exactly do you place them? And do you have any sewing tips for neat and tidy arrowheads?