The technique that I mentioned in the last comment was used for inch crochet and linenwork, so it's an appropriate technique for cross stitch. I believe that cross stitch machines from 1990 and later use this technique which is why it looks so good. To use this technique, first stitch close to the edge of the fabric.
By moving farther away from the edge, stitch a basting stitch several times (3 or 4). Make sure that you aren't coming too far away from the edge, though. You don't want to stitch too close to the edge and pull your stitches into the stitches next to them. At the same time, though, the closer you are to the edge, the more difficult it will be to pull your stitches straight. Be sure to use an appropriate sized needle for the design you are working on and the type of needle you are using. (If the needle is too small, it won't be big enough to get through the fabric and you may have a hard time pulling your stitches straight). The basting stitch will help stop your fabric from slipping so you can pull your stitches straight and neat. This technique is good for borders or any openwork patterns.
2. Stitch around the curve/edge so that it is less than 1/2 inch away from the original line of stitching/edge. 3. Continue to stitch around the fabric edge, making sure to stitch in the reverse direction. Make sure you are stitching close enough to the edge of the fabric to keep it tucked in but do not pull your stitching so close to the edge that it pulls part of the fabric into the edge. d2c66b5586