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Thread: Dresden Plate

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    Dresden Plate

    Im going to try to attach a picture if I can however I am trying to make a dresden plate which has 20 4 inch blades. I am as careful as I can to make all my seams 1/4. I cannot get it to lay flat bo matter what I do. Help!!!

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    I hope you find the solution as I am having the same problem. Mine has larger blades but I can't get it to lay flat either

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    I have never done one of those, but what if you gently open up the seams tweeking along and cover them up with that circle? Or will it be put into a show?

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    I am trying to do one with a blanket stitch. None of my pieces are laying flat either, but had not really thought of it as an issue until I read this. LOL. I know I have done one with fusible interfacing, that one laid flat. Looking forward to seeing some suggestions/ideas.
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    Just remember that if you have 20 blades, you have 20 places in which to get the seam allowance wrong. I have always had the best luck with putting them together 1/4 at a time. Get these to lie flat, sew together to get halves, then sew the halves together. You kind of make whatever adjustments you need to make at those critical junctions.
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    The sides of the blades are on a bias (maybe not a true bias, but more stretchy than being cut on the grain line). If you stretched them when pressing, this could be the issue. I always press the seams of the dresdens open -- not to one side.

    You might be able to flatten it if you wet it with starch and pin it flat on your ironing board and letting it dry.
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    How are you sewing them together? I made one not to long ago and Charisme quilted it for me, pictures on here, called Jackie's Dresdans. Anyway, when I made mine the directions said to first sew your blades into pairs, then sew your pairs into halves then sew the halves together. I used Eleanore burns directions, she also said to press seams open. Hope this helps.

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    I had that problem as well until I moved my needle on click to the left....... problem solved!

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    So are you saying make the seams slightly less than 1/4?

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    That sounds like something to try. I love Elinore's tutorials. I will look one up, thanks!

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