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    can anyone please help me and tell me why my blocks do not come out same size? i measure them with the same ruler and cut them with a rotary cutter. i sew with my 1/4 sewing foot being very careful to be straight. please advise
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    Barbara

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    could be the fabric be stretching. It happens to me all the time and I always have to square up my blocks

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    Fabric stretching and/or pressing issues. If your blocks are all within an 1/8 of an inch of the "perfect" size; you should be able to get them to work together ok with a little fussing. If there is more than 1/8 of an inch difference--you have to get more creative or redo the block.

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    You might try starching your material before you cut. That's something I learned from this board. It helps keep your material from stretching. You can use Mary Ellen's Best Press, store bought spray on starch, or make your own starch. (There are lots of recipes on the board. If you search under starch I'm sure you'll find them.)

    Also, do you press or iron? When working with cut pieces of material, make sure you put your iron down on one place then lift and set down on another place. Do not slide the iron, as this can cause stretching also.

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    Thanks for that

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    Starch is your friend, especially if anything is cut on a bias.

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    Are you ironing or pressing your blocks? Starch, then press, NOT iron, would be my first suggestion.

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    i press not iron

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    maybe thats what i need to do is starch thanks

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