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. 😀 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. 😀

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

9 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. 😀

    • Gerry says:

      Bynum’s extension doesn’t have a 02chance≵ of being max, it WILL BE the max.BTW, I believe we will be witnessing Kobe signing an extension next season but something that of the 10M per season range.

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

  4. Lanette says:

    This artilce went ahead and made my day.

  5. I hate fighting games with a passion — probably because, despite growing up with Super Street Fighter Turbo and Mortal Kombat, I never evolved past being a hopeless button-masher. I do have fond memories of sitting down in front of the tv with a couple friends and my brother, and a print-off of ‘finishing moves’ and all those goodies (back when we actually used AOL!) And everything I’ve seen so far screams old-school Mortal Kombat, so I’m actually a little interested in the game. The recently released demo is only on PSN, right?

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