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Thread: Help with nightmare sewing of jelly roll strips

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    I lay the first strip face up and parallel to table edge. The second one I lay on top face down, rest of border strip goes from top to the floor. I then sew starting left to bottom right. This is how the book I learned from shows. As long as it works the method doesn't matter.
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    I just tried like CarolynMT's picture shows and it came out perfectly. I will try this way from now on, I made a sample piece so I can refer to it.
    Always good to learn new ways. I learned a new trick today and I am an old dog.
    Been doing it my way for about 18 years, never noticed a different way until now.
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    I'm just glad to know I'm not the only quilter who has problems with this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoDebbie View Post
    One more thing is that any time you are going to stitch on a bias, start sewing onto a small scrap of fabric first. Then chain piece onto your real fabric. Your feed dogs sometimes start feeding everything through kind of wacky if you don't start your stitching on something else. All those pieces you trim off of another block that are at least an inch square can be used. You can keep using the same scrap over and over again. Just toss the scrap in the trash when you're done.
    I have also found that if I gently pull on both threads as I begin to sew, the "jumble" that can occur on bobbin side and the bunching of the fabric is eliminated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolynMT View Post
    I use the same method as krafty, use it for sewing binding together too. Made a photo of it for someone else, hope this helps

    the best way I have to remember how to make the L is to remember these familiar sayings
    Bottoms Up
    Top Down
    cause the other way sounds funny...

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    Thank you for the picture AND the saying! So you PIN!! Ohhhhh, THAT'S why my strips are often wonky......

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGAY View Post
    Thank you for the picture AND the saying! So you PIN!! Ohhhhh, THAT'S why my strips are often wonky......

    well technically, if the strip is less than 3ins or so, I dont pin or mark tried to do that with wider strips but found that I was getting things wonky.....I was taking the picture for someone in chat who needed a visual for how to do the diagonal joining. So I marked and pinned for display purposes only....lol. But I do repeat the "Bottoms up, top down" when setting them up for sewing. it really does help me.

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    I'm confused, I never sew right top to left bottom??? don't you get an L instead of a straight piece???? I always go left top to right bottom...
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    Joining these strips on an angle is one of the places where I glue-baste. I follow Jingle's method above in post 11, and put a dab of my washable glue stick on three places, then press the strips together with my fingers, making sure everything is nicely lined up. The glue keeps everything very stable, and I can sew the diagonal (from top left to bottom right) accurately. It's great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR View Post
    I'm confused, I never sew right top to left bottom??? don't you get an L instead of a straight piece???? I always go left top to right bottom...
    The direction of your seam depends on how you lay your strips. When you sew your seam the short ends should be on one side of the seam and the long ends on the other. As long as you do this, you will be OK.
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    This thread has been really informative. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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