Perfect Everytime


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It only took two years!! I finally figured out what to do to get my seams to abut correctly without tacking them down first.

Number 1: Cut the squares accurately. :D Seems easy enough, you might say. BUT I was using the lines on my cutting mat as my measuring tool. The first cut was perfect. Then the next and the next got smaller. Lost some of the inches. I only JUST found this out when my cut strips looked off. Don’t know why I never noticed this before. I am pretty sure this is why the white strips for my Hugs and Kisses quilt were off. Now I measure with my quilt ruler PLUS I measure with my tape measure.

Second. I finger press the seams lightly. No ironing/pressing with the iron until the block is sewn together. I find the “raised” seam abuts better than when it is flattened by the iron.

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Third. Not sure how you insert the pin to hold the seams in place before sewing but I had seen several different methods on the net. And tried them all. I still struggled trying to keep the seams from slipping and sliding. Even with a regular foot and my walking foot. And then, guess what happened? I went back to the way I pinned when I first learned to sew as a child. I pin horizontal along the seam line instead of vertical sticking into the seam. The vertical way just wasn’t working for me. I sew right up to the pin and ease the pin out as the needle advances toward it.

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Works every time!!

Now that I have the 9-Patch down, hopefully I can get my other seams in my other blocks to line up. :D

How do you get your seams to abut correctly? Do tell.

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6 comments on “Perfect Everytime

  1. Sonnethawk says:

    Wow! I just learned a BIG lesson from you! As a matter of fact, quite a few! I would think that the measuring lines on the cutting board were accurate. Your observations and learning experience will save me valuable time!
    When I sewed my triangle together, I noticed that I had a little slippage also. i tried to be so careful! I had pinned my triangles in place along the center
    (marking) line, vertically, and then stopped and removed them before I continued sewing. I do not have a walking foot, so maybe that is why mine slipped forward a little.
    When I sew seams together, I usually pin vertically instead of horizontally. It all depends on what I am sewing also.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Tanya, glad my post was helpful. I am still learning. Still making mistake. But boy what fun I am having with all that learning. My seams for the ScrappyTripAroundWorld blocks are coming out great too. Going together easier and faster than I thought. Hope to get some new photos of my design wall posted soon. (When you can, do get a walking foot. It also helps when you need to sew over bulky seams. I love mine.)

  2. Lennette says:

    Lots of great tips! Your seams look flawless!

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Lennette, thanks much. It is finally getting easier to make the blocks come together. I will probably still be sewing/quilting come 10 years from now. :D

  3. Perfect seams. Your blocks look great! In fact, they look down right fabulous!!!

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