It’s easy to pin patch pockets on straight–but sewing them on straight is another matter. That’s because the machine presser foot PRESSES the fabric in one direction. If you start out on one pocket corner and sew to the other (the way I was taught) you often end up noticeably higher on the second corner.
Not your fault–but that doesn’t lessen the FRUSTRATION factor.
So work with pockets a lot. My passion is making heavy duty, vintage fabric tool aprons for women. A reclaimed denim patch pocket is almost always part of the design. After ripping many of these off to straighten them–I stumbled on a better way–change your starting point when sewing on a pocket.
Begin stitching at center bottom and sew toward one corner.
The seam indentations on jeans make this easy. On regular fabric use your presser foot as a seam guide.
Sew to the top edge. Pivot and take a few stitched between the seam lines (I like to back stitch here for extra strength). Pivot and sew down (making two rows of stitching).
Repeat at the other corner. Stitch down to the center again and you’re done.
Works ever time on all fabrics with just 3 pins! Try it. Everyone need an extra pocket.
And for a closer look at my signature tool aprons, check out my ETSY shop.