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Thread: fixing a quilt

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    Junior Member Rymer's Avatar
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    Hi All-
    what do you do in order to fix a quilt that has pulled away from the seams? it looks like I might have missed some spots when I sewed the thing together. Now it's been quilted and washed a few times (it's my sons) and some pieces have pulled away from the seams. what do I do now? any suggestions? I'm really bumming. I'm just a beginner but boy did I learn a lesson. check all seams as I sew!!!

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    If it was handquilted you might try whip stitching the raw edges together. If it was machine quilted you might go over the open areas with a zig zag or decorative stitch.

    It has happened to all of us at one time or another. When you are are working with 1/4 inch or smaller seams they don't always hold up. It also happens sometimes if the fabric is more loosely woven.

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    Depending on how long the open seam is and how many I would re stitch it matching the color top thread and bobbin thread with the quilted threads. You can also use a small dab of fabric glue to help if it is just a small area. I used a small bit of fabric glue and hand stitched the seam back together on my first quilt when we found one small 1 inch seam not holding after we got it all quilted and ready for the binding. I was bummed to, but it happens.
    Good luck.

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    I would try whip stitching it. Hope you can fix it.

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    Two of my first quilts have this problem, at the time I thought a quarter inch seam was optional LOL. Learned that lesson quick!! Now that have pretty big holes at the seams. My son even hides things in his like it's a pocket. :) I think I will take them apart since they are just tied anyway, and put proper batting in (use the really really cheap stuff at the time), and do a proper binding (did the fold over thing since I was afraid to try anything else).

    I hope you can get yours fixed though! Maybe you could whip stitch it and put a patch over the spot to protect it? Could do some sort of Applique to make it look like it was done on purpose....

    Rachel

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    I use wonder under that has started to peel off the backing. I peel it off the backing and tuck it in the spot I want to repair making sure to get all of it tucked in. Then iron. I usually zig zag with some matching thread over the repair.

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    OK, I"ve got a question...what's a whip stitch? sorry...I have no idea what that is. I was thinking about putting a piece of fabric over the holes (some are tiny, one is a good couple of inches) but I don't know how horrible that would look? but I guess it's better than having holes in his quilt. it was machine quilted by a long arm so not taking that apart! LOL! it's probably also due in part to me using cheap walmart fabric (I didn't know any better....) thanks so much for the help everyone!!

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    Video: http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Sew...itch-140618083

    Though the video is for a hem, you'd do the same technique with the two sides of your split fabric held together like the picture I posted above.

    Hope that helps!
    Rachel

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    I have used stitch witchery (?) comes on the same set up as scotch tape. I cut a piece the size of the boo boo, tucked it under with a tweezer then ironed it shut. Worked good. I now use a much smaller stitch, because I also had problems , especially if I was cutting across seams, with the seam coming apart at the beginning and end of the piece.

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