Disclaimer: I make no guarantees or claims about the effectiveness or proper uses for face masks. Use at your own risk.
Hello everyone! 🙂 I know that a lot of people have had a sudden interest in sewing fabric face masks lately (including myself)!
I started making them for a local organization, based on this tutorial from Deaconess.
Although it is a very good and helpful tutorial, I found that I didn’t like their style of topstitching. It was difficult to make it look nicely finished, at least for me, so I came up with a technique that I have enjoyed more. This technique is great for pleated face masks, where you want some extra reenforcement on the side stitching, to make sure the pleats stay in place well!
I made a video that will hopefully be helpful for you! 🙂
Here you can see which stitch settings I chose: A left-needle-position regular straight stitch for the long sides of the mask, and a left-needle-position triple stitch for the pleated sides.
Make sure you hold your pleat in place with your left hand after you remove your plastic clip or pin!
This is a close up, right after I removed one plastic clip and turned the corner towards my pleats.
I hope that this technique is helpful for you! Please let me know if it was, or if you have any questions! Happy sewing! 🙂