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Thread: half square triangles

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    I think I've finally figured out why I have trouble with my finished squares being skimpy when I try to use the +7/8 inch to the finished size squares and sewing diagonally.

    When I cut each triangle individually, there is a tiny bit added to each edge of the piece - that's as close as the rotary cutter gets - but it's still a couple of threads more -

    That "extra" isn't there when I try to do it with the +7/8 inch square method.

    So if I use +1 inch and trim 1/16 inch around the edges of the square, I feel I'm way ahead of the game.

    Was this clear as mud?

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    Wouldn't you have the same outcome if you sewed a scant 1/4"?

    If you add more than 7/8" you can also trim down.

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    I just seem to have trouble with sewing a scant 1/4 inch with that method.

    Whatever works, eh?



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    I say, it's all about the results. Whichever road you take to get there is yours to decide. Just try to take the road containing the most fun for you.

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    sounds clear, just be sure to use the 45 degree line on the seam of your hst when trimming. that way it's right "on the money".

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    I will use whatever means that gets me there with the least amount of frustration and the end results that I am looking for :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    That's exactly what I do. First of all, it is so time consuming to cut things in 1/8" increments. So, I go ahead and just add an inch, sew my triangles and then true them up to size. So much easier and I have perfect half-sq. triangles each time!

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    :wink:

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    Somethig happened to my post I see I do the same as AnnaK and make the square 1 inch bigger and cut down to size.
    cassiemae( hope this one worked.)

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    I agree - I like that bit of fudge factor and it's a pain to measure all those 1/8th inches! So, you waste a sliver of fabric but you save a lot of hassle!

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