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Tips for Sewing


Tips for Sewing

  • Make sure you are using a scant quarter inch seam by stitching one to two threads inside the quarter inch allowance. If your seam allowances vary, the size of your patches will vary and your points won't meet.
  • Make test blocks before cutting and sewing the entire quilt! Notice which points and corners gave you trouble so you know what to expect. Remember to join test blocks, as these adjacent seams are sometimes the most difficult to match.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary to "cheat" a bit on seam allowances in order to make points meet. Don't hestitate to do this. As long as you keep at least an eighth of an inch seam allowance, the fabric will not pull out in future washings or from wear. Once you complete the top and baste it for quilting, nobody will ever know that you fudged a bit!
  • After sewing on your borders, place the quilt on a flat surface to see if they lie flat. If not, they are probably too long. "Unsew" them and follow the same directions for measuring binding to determine correct border lengths. It's much easier to repair the problem at this stage rather than after quilting is complete!