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Thread: Bias Problems

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    Senior Member leggz48's Avatar
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    I'm working on a new pattern I purchased last weekend. It consists of three 1 1/2 " strips sewn together and then cut on a 45 degree angle to make eight 3 1/2" long strips....ultimately making a star. It isn't difficult, but time-consuming. I finished out 3 full blocks today and each one is bulky in the center....almost bowing out in the center. The background fabric is cut on a diagonal, but I've been careful to NOT tug on it. What am I doing wrong????

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    When doing a star, I usually sew one side together, then the other side, and then do one seam down the middle to join the two. You won't get a bowl or a hill doing it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    When doing a star, I usually sew one side together, then the other side, and then do one seam down the middle to join the two. You won't get a bowl or a hill doing it this way.
    That's the way I do it also - seems to help

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    I also press the seams open. I use Best Press at the center where the points meet. It doesn't seem as bulky that way.

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    Also, pressing seams open can help.

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    here is a good tutorial showing how to press to eliminate bulk when making stars



    http://video.answers.com/how-to-sew-...lock-109408356

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo
    I also press the seams open. I use Best Press at the center where the points meet. It doesn't seem as bulky that way.
    What is Best Press?

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    The directions take me through piecing four blocks; then sew two blocks and two blocks, then join those two sections to complete the block. I've been so diligent to cut precise, and sew the same scant 1/4" allowance.....I've pressed every section to keep the seams down AND I've pressed the last 4 seams down the center rather than to the side. Still! I plan to work on more blocks late tomorrow; will post photos if no improvement. Thanks for all your help.

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    best press is just a brand of starch- any starch will help= also starting at the inner point and stitching to the outside helps-
    when working with bias edges pinning (alot) helps, a good sharp needle- stitching slowly- start at inner point and stitch out toward the outter points- and starching the fabrics all help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo
    I also press the seams open. I use Best Press at the center where the points meet. It doesn't seem as bulky that way.
    I do this as well including the Best Press ... BUT ...

    This is going to sound weird - but I sometimes use a small hammer on the back of the intersection while it is still hot if it is uncooperative - it sometimes coerces the seam flat!!

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